Tips: Laptop in Paradise

How to make the most of working away from home.

I am very lucky to be my own boss.  Sort of… It’s probably less about luck than it is about hard work.  Building a sustainable business based on your passion is hard.  Really hard… but boy can it be rewarding. Now is one of those times for me. 

It’s early in the morning and I’m sitting at a beachfront resort in Fiji armed with my laptop and cellphone.

I am here for work (honestly!) but this whole tropical paradise thing sucks.  Here’s why:

  1. I miss my family. A LOT.
  2. The access to internet is excruciatingly slow. 
  3. Island time.  A couple of nights ago I ordered a steak.  It arrived 3 hours later.  I can only imagine that it took some time to round up one of the local cows that roam the streets of Nadi.
  4. Food and drinks are EXPENSIVE!  I am here to work, not to spend money, so I have restricted myself to one cocktail per day. 
  5. I miss my family.  Did I mention that?  It’s worth mentioning again.

But once it is re-framed, here is a fresh spin on the same list:

  1. I get to see my family tomorrow – which is really motivating me to get through as much work as I can NOW!
  2. I’m being far more productive with limited access to social media and email.
  3. The steak was incredibly delicious for lunch the next day, like one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten that has been sitting in a fridge for 16 hours.
  4. I get to drink a tropical cocktail out of a coconut every day.
  5. Tomorrow!  Wooooo!!!

Regardless of whether you’re working on a beachfront with a tropical cocktail, or in a shabby motel in Ecatahuna, how you think about working when you’re away from home can make a difference between feeling overwhelmed or feeling fantastic.

Here are some top tips on how to make the most of working away from home.

Get up early! 

Getting a bunch of work done before breakfast really sets up your day for success and you will feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment.  Plus, the wifi access is much quicker while people are still sleeping.   

Get outside! 

(If the weather lets you) Glancing up from your screen occasionally to see a vista that is different from the walls of your home office space is really inspirational, especially if it’s at the ocean, forest or mountains.  Plus, fresh air, right?!

Give gratitude!  

Being away from your loved ones is difficult (and is making me feel sad even thinking about it now), but convert that energy into overwhelming gratitude for the contribution they make to your life and your business.


Balance in all things is very important.  If you’re away from home for your business, work hard, but allocate some personal time to enjoy yourself too.  You deserve it! Jen very much believes that relaxing is sometimes productive, to prevent burnout, and re-centre yourself. 


I couldn’t have managed a stint away from home without a couple of long phone calls at the beginning and end of each day.  Keeping in contact with my family has kept me sane, relatively speaking.


Every morning, actively think about your business.  Remember why you are building it, what your mission is and what your end goal is.  Be inspired by your vision and then create it.