Go on a Cruise to Get Work Done

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Mon, Nov 11th, 2013 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

A fascinating perspective on the Tynan website of using a cruise ship as a remote work location, free of distractions, to actually get some work done. It may sound like an insane idea, but it's not all work and no play, either.

If you prefer to work outside your room, which I do if I don't have a window, there are always plenty of decent places to work around the cruise ship. Good options are the library, cardroom, or one of the nightclubs that are empty but unlocked during the day. On the last cruise I went on we found a perfect lounge in which a string quartet played for four hours each day. We were always the only people in attendance, which made our makeshift office feel particularly decadent.

Despite working for most of the day, it's nice to have high quality breaks. Meals on cruises can be quite long, and they seat you with random people. Most of the random people are probably not like the people you normally associate with, which can be a mixed bag, but allows for some shifts in perspective. If you go with a friend, you can debrief with him on your workday. Brian has been working on building a video game, so we've been talking about some ideas for that.

And, of course, you get to visit a bunch of new places. To really understand a city you may have to spend weeks or months there, but that doesn't mean that a day or two is completely useless. I use the port stops to visit specific places, like the Fundacio Miro in Barcelona or the Hassan Mosque in Casablanca, or to just wander around and get a sneak preview of a new place. This is especially valuable for places like the Azores or Canary Islands, where you probably wouldn't otherwise find yourself.

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