Get Out of the Office and Work on the Road
People are asking themselves these Big Q’s:
- I want to get out of the office for a while?
- I want to get out of the office permanently?
- I want to pick up and travel the world, hos do I make money?
The Big A’s:
In this age of high-speed Internet and the digital nomad, working remotely has never been so popular. The opportunity to do so can be a great way to improve productivity, understand work habits and travel all at once.
Below are some of the Key ways to work on the road.
Find a comfortable work-space
It is tempting to bring your computer with you to the beach or find that perfect view in a city-center cafe to get work done. But be practical. Regardless of where you are in the world, you need to be comfortable and free from as many unnecessary distractions as possible. Most bars and cafés have WiFi these days, and they are popular places to work from. Check out the local selection before you decide on the best. Some may have comfortable chairs, but be noisy while others may have fast internet but be expensive. Get an indoor seat to keep you focused on the work, and not the people strolling by. Co-working spaces are becoming increasingly popular, with many purposely designed for the freelancing crowd. Places like WeWork have locations around the world where you can check in during your travels. If you are the type to get slowed down by monotony then mix your work-spaces up. This could be going to a different place each day or doing shifts between cafés and co-working offices.
Discover how and when you work best
A really big benefit and reason to remote working is the ability to set schedules. Some of us work better than others at different times of the day. So experiment by getting up early 1 day and working late the next. Make a note of how productive you are during each period. Try working with and without music. The more you understand your own work habits, the better you will be able to plan your days.
Plan your internet connection
These days it is harder to find a place that does not have internet connection than one that does. But there could be an occasion when you do find the one place that does not when you need to make a call or send an e-Mail. Consider purchasing a SIM card with data included as a backup for such a situation. Not all countries have the purchase-a-coffee-and-sit-for-four-hours culture either. If this is the case then you will be wise to reserve a desk at a co-working space or look for a hotel that welcomes non-staying guests. Carrying a notebook, the old-fashioned paper kind with you can also be a savior when ideas come into your head during non-connected times. Finally, if finding reliable WiFi on the road becomes too much of a hassle, consider investing in a portable or mobile WiFi device.
Be mindful of and flexible with time zones
If you find yourself moving around a lot then it is important to keep track of time zones. The last thing you want to do is call a client at 4:00a, or have them calling you when you are asleep. Prevent this by informing anyone that you have regular contact with what your new time zone will be. And should a client schedule a meeting at an unsociable hour, do your best to attend if you cannot rearrange it. There are time management apps to help log the current time of colleagues and employers.
Be prepared to work hard
Wake up, work for a few hours then hit the beach for the rest of the day! That sounds good, Yes? Of course it does, and there are some out there who can achieve it. If you have brought your job with you then maybe you will only need to worry about getting your tasks done. But if you are starting fresh then you will need unpaid time to send job proposals, pitch ideas and make new contacts.
Take advantage of a flexible schedule
Despite developing a solid work ethic you should still make time to enjoy your new found freedom. Visit the major tourist attractions of your new locale on Monday or Tuesday and get work on Saturdays and Sundays when the museums and historic sites fill up. If you want to take that walk in the park or along the beach before getting down to business then go for it. After all, you are no longer dictated or judged by set hours. The mission is to meet deadlines that you have made. Work hard for 3 days, then take a 4-day weekend.
Give yourself time to succeed
It will take time to find rhythm and comfort on a working nomadic adventure. Be patient and accept that there will be moments when you want to give up. Take a step back and let things occur naturally rather than trying to force them. Be brave, try new things, reassure yourself of all of the reasons why this working on the road is the right lifestyle choice.
Have a terrific week.