You might have dreamed for this moment your whole life. You’ve had your first touching points with the location independent lifestyle through the media or someone you have recently met. Years of working from an office at a 9 to 5 job have had you looking outside the window, dreaming of a life without a fixed schedule and independence from any office building, wishing to work from anywhere you want – maybe from a café in the city center today and a sunny beach the following week.
Whatever your situation, you are so enthusiast that your days will not be the same again and the routine is gone! Yes, the advantages of working location independent are extremely enticing, but before starting on this path, you might also consider the “downsides” of it.
It’s not for everybody.
Some people like to play it save, go to work every day and don’t have to think about their job as soon as they’re out of the door knowing that their money will roll in every month around the same time. Other people, on the other hand, might prefer to have a flexible schedule to use the time when they find that they are the most productive and work in their pajamas every now and then.
You need to weight which lifestyle is right for you and you can decide how much of location independence fits your needs.
Maybe you like working from a café in your home city or you want to explore the world. Or eventually, you prefer to spend half a year traveling and the other half at home. Even working from home and visiting the office once in a while is an option.
It’s really important that you know exactly what motivates you and what fits you better before taking the decision of going remote or location independent.
Years of going to an office from 9-5 have made you develop a routine and a similar daily plan for each workday. Most of the days seem to follow the same pattern – e.g. wake up at 7, get dressed up, drive to the office, have lunch around the same hour each and every day, leave the office at 5, drive home etc. So, your days are following a well-established plan.
Well, when working remotely, on your own time and planning, you need to possess or quickly develop very good organizing skills in order to stay productive. Especially in the beginning of your remote working life, it can be a huge challenge to deal with that amount of “free time”, stay focused and not be side-tracked with activities like housework, discussions over the phone or other disturbing factors – you name it.
This is the moment when you remind yourself why you’ve first chosen this way of life and work (remember that motivation we talked about earlier? Yes, that one!)
In order to stay productive, you can use a calendar or a planning app to organize your next day(s) activities and tasks. Also, deciding what is urgent and what is important (google Eisenhower’s matrix) can be of great help.
Working remotely or from a different location every day could mean spending a lot of time by yourself. All the socializing and coffee breaks with work colleagues are long gone. So are the noisy days in the office.
Of course, you’ll still have options to socialize if you want – you can commence with working from a co-working space, start a conversation with the barman, get together with friends living the same lifestyle and work together over a cup of coffee. There are plenty of options to choose from. But be aware that the work colleague that is going everywhere with you – is YOU. So make best friends with him/her!
Oh, God! All those Instagram pictures of people working one day from a cute coffee shop, the next one at home in their pajamas and then, every once in a while maybe, from an exotic island. The only thing that never changes is the laptop on their lap and a happy grin on their face
Yes, you want that freedom-filled life, too. Actually, “what you see is what you get” doesn’t apply here. On social media, people share only the good stuff, the happy moments, the laughter, a little piece of heaven. But real life means ups and downs, all kind of situations – sometimes awkward, funny, sad – that you aren’t seeing on social media.
I know successful people that make a living while staying on the most beautiful and exotic island in the world, but they spend their time crying, in despair, paralyzed by fear and doubts. And yet, on social media, it’s all hot, expensive coffee beverages and happy life. So be ready for real-life experiences and do not create an image from what you’ve seen on social media.
Yes, you can have the dream life you imagine – if you work on it. If you build it day by day, brick by brick. So go work on that dream! And work on yourself!
The myth of working from anywhere in the world.
There are a lot of options for you while working location independent. You could work from your sofa, your favorite café, a co-working space or even from a different country. Everything is possible. But you and only you could decide what are your wishes and your needs.
First, you need to make sure you have a good internet connection, then that you can align your time zone with one of your clients (this only applies to hardcore Digital Nomads, of course) and so on.
Then you have to meet your own comfort criteria – the dream beach might look good in pictures but if the surroundings are really poor and dirty or you would have to sleep in a tent – would you do it? For the sake of the social media image?
Yes, you can live and work from any place in town or even in the world as long as it meets your lifestyle standard. And that’s a personal choice.
Are you ready to go location independent? Let me know your thoughts by dropping a comment below.