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Digital nomad: You don’t have to be in your 20s to be one

Digital nomad, a word, a concept that seems to be floating around the internet with increasing regularity often accompanied by images of tropical locations with twenty-somethings looking outrageously tanned and healthy frolicking in hipster juice bars with oversized headphones and all the latest tech.

Sound familiar? Thought it might.

It also could make people feel that if they didn’t fit that demographic then being a digital nomad is not the right fit for them.

That raises the question, what is a digital nomad?

Digital nomads are people who are location independent and use technology to perform their job. Digital nomads work remotely (telecommute), which is now economically possible due to cheap internet access, smartphones and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) to keep in contact with clients and employers. (def: invevstopedia.com)

That’s the technical definition from Investopedia, from which we can see that a digital nomad does not need to be of a certain age, or have a passion for tropical islands or hot climates. Essentially, digital nomadism is about doing your work from where you’d prefer, whether that is from home, a café, co-work space, airports, hotels or a juice bar.

The digital nomad’s office equipment

I am a digital nomad

I work remotely, every day. And often not in tropical locations, mainly due to my other life commitments. At Christmas last year I worked in a cabin in the mountains in Norway, doing a few hours after everyone left to go skiing and then heading out at whatever time suited me to ski, play and enjoy the landscape.

Normally, I live in a remote village in Spain, where jobs are scarce (the region has 40% unemployment, and those who do have jobs are either tourism based and thus seasonal, family business or move to larger cities in the region). I moved there to escape city life, I’d had enough of 15 hour days, high-stress levels, manipulative managers, internal politics and the increasing cost of living. At the end of the day, I often wondered, what am I doing all this for?

Between living in London and moving to Spain, I returned home to Sydney, where I spent six months working for a training agency streamlining their systems and processes, at the end of that contract I was ready to travel again. I renegotiated my role to become a content writer for them, thus creating a digital nomad role for myself. I proceeded to travel for the following year working remotely. In Spain, other options presented themselves, coaching and training online, teaching English VoIP, editing and writing.

Essentially, being a digital nomad is working from somewhere other than an office within structured office hours.

Is there a future for digital nomadism?

By the year 2035, it has been predicted that there will be 1 billion digital nomads world-wide. Why? Because we’re swapping corporate structure for flexibility, independence to work within our own life structure – whether that’s kids, gym class timetables or our partners, doesn’t matter. Plus, employers are admitting that finding local talent isn’t always possible. Large companies such as Dell are aiming to have 50% of their 140,000 employees location independent by 2020, acknowledging that remote workers reduce their real estate, and environmental footprint (imagine how many extra commuters are off the road at peak hour).

Research has found that productivity increases when we’re given the freedom to create our own schedule – not everyone is productive between 9-5. Flexibility also allows people to develop their own passion projects, cultivate further knowledge and their ideal working conditions. Gallup’s report, State of the American Workplace illustrated that more employees in the United States were working remotely and reported to feeling more engaged at work, especially those who spent 3 or more days out of the traditional office environment. Basically, when people opt to work remotely, it’s beneficial for business profits, the planet, and people.

What career options are there?

Where does that leave you? With options. The digital nomad lifestyle is achievable and if you manage it well and set up clear boundaries between your work and home life, you’re in for an excellent change in your work lifestyle.

Need some ideas of what you might be able to do or consider doing:

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  • Photography
  • Counselling, Coaching, Training
  • Web-Based Technologies
  • Digital Marketing
  • Editing, Journalism, Writing
  • Information Technology
  • Design
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Programming
  • Administration / Virtual Assistant
  • Teaching and Education
  • Sports, Fitness, and Wellness
  • Food and Nutrition

Resources:

There are plenty of resources and areas in which digital nomads are in demand. You just need to decide how you’re going to make the digital nomad lifestyle work for you.

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Join the dots. Making sense of divine information.

Maintain your balance when you travel

Join the dots. Making sense of divine information.

Join the dots – what does that mean? Good question, and exactly what I said to myself when I heard it too. Which lead me to think, how do we make sense of divine information?

A friend asked me to read a pendant of hers, she’s been going through what’s looked like the rinse cycle of life the last few years and her four pillars have been out of alignment. (See my post What the f*^k do I do now? to read more about the four pillars). She has faced some amazing challenges. But, with change comes a lot of uncertainty and she asked me for some help. Specifically to help her find direction or ideas about how to proceed from the point where she finds herself and her work.

The ability of the clairsentient is the ability to feel or know information, generally through touching or holding an object. Amazing pendulum necklaces are available at Pound Jewelery

You see, I’m clairsentience which translates to “clear touch”. A skill known as psychometry, which means that I can read, feel or understand information from objects, jewelry, flowers, anything that will talk to me. It is with this information that I gather a picture or word to answer a question or describe a past, present or future. Sometimes even a past life. It depends on the person, situation, and question.

You might know about the extrasensory skills, which we all have to varying degrees of strength or ability. The most famous, clairvoyance, is the ability to see the future, present, and past. Clairaudience, to hear and perceive sound or extrasensory noise beyond the limitations of ordinary time and space. Clairolfactus, to smell scents from outside their current time and space. Clairgustance, to perceive taste or the essence of a substance. Claircognizance, someone who can psychically tune into another persons’ feelings, attitudes or emotions.

Whilst I was reading my friends’ pendant I asked about her work and what she should do. All I got was “join the dots” which to me was not an immediately obvious answer to my question. Join the dots, that made me think of children’s colouring and puzzle books. Linking points and colouring in, creating images that did not exist a few moments earlier. It was then that I understood the message. But, I’ll tell you more about her first.

She, like me, is multi-passionate. A very talented painter, writer, and tarot / oracle card reader and a doctor, she does all four, separately. She could very easily go down any path and find great success with her intelligence, creativity, and skills. But should she continue to do them separately?  So I asked her – what does “join the dots” mean to you? At first, she didn’t know what to say, we talked about the different jobs, options, and combinations of opportunities that might present themselves. Everything from writing and illustrating a book to spirit painting and readings. What became clear was that the idea of continuing to be a doctor no longer appealed.

After making the clarification between the previous career and the new curiosities, interests or passions. We pulled an oracle card to see what the universe had to say about “join the dots”.

This is what the oracle card said – follow and do all your favourite things. Surround yourself with these favourite things whether literally or metaphorically. From this space of being surrounded by your passions create what you love, rather than just what you think will bring you financial reward or what people want.

In her case, it means to not paint what she thinks people will buy or want, but painting what she loves to paint, she’s inspired by very specific environments and would do better to focus on these rather than just painting anything and everything. But, most importantly, what she decides to do must be done with a light heart, not a heart weighed down by expectations. From these creations, avenues will appear.

Whether the purpose is just to hang her creations on a wall at home to decorate a room or to do what she loves. Most importantly do it light-heartedly, don’t give a fuck if you’re going to sell it or not, but do it because you love it. Join the dots between all your passions, loves, curiosities. When you do, spirit will be right there in the middle and the abundance will come. That is connecting the dots, connecting one passion or pursuit with the other with a light heart.

Finding a common thread to join the dots

A common question I get from clients is “What should I do?” I have so many passions, curiosities, and interests, I don’t know where to start. Sound familiar? The key thing to do here is to find the common thread through your life.

My first suggestion is to do a series of exercises. You need a selection of different coloured post-it notes, a pen, table or space to write quickly and a blank wall. Write each question on a small piece of paper and leave them in a stack upside down on the table

Stick your post-its on the wall to get distance and read them easily and clearly.

The aim, to answer a series of questions and write each answer on a different post-it note. Some questions will take a few post-it notes and others, many.

Set up a time and space where you won’t be interrupted, set a timer for 90-second intervals. Turn over a question and answer it as rapidly as you can, writing each new idea on a separate post-it note, stick each post-it note on the wall. Download the 15 question common thread pop quiz worksheet.

If this process doesn’t appeal to you, I suggest downloading the life recipe workbook which is another version of the same process, but without the speed. 😉

Now you have a wall filled with post-it notes filled with your ideas / completed life recipe workbook – start to group the ideas together that resonate with each other. For example, when my friend and I completed the exercise we grouped together post-its related to drawing and writing with meditation and spiritual work, as we know our best work comes when our minds are still and we’re receptive to new ideas, regardless of how crazy they might be!

I start with grouping thing together that are immediately obvious:

  • Work -types of business, industries, part time / full time, in an office, remote
  • Places to live, work or travel
  • Exercise, health
  • Relationships (past, present, future)

Once the core groups are assembled, I then play with combinations and create new groups or join groups together. It is generally here that we see / identify themes and patterns within our lives, past and present work, projects and so on.

From these new groups, there will be one or two that will shine more brightly than the others, the one that you can imagine losing yourself in, it will be about your service for others. Use this as your starting point to then start developing the ideas that will come with doing this group of actions. For example, when I did this exercise years ago the key themes that came up for me

For example, when I did this exercise years ago the key themes that came up for me were teaching, learning, educating, coaching, talking, listening, advising, helping, solving, travel, adventure, sunshine, beach, sea, online, remote, location independent. Grouping these ideas together I used my background in education and training to start a coaching business related to solving the problem of finding purpose in life, combining travel and location independence and giving people the tools, confidence, and the ability to travel, and work, either alone or with people.

So, tell me – what dots do you need to start joining?

 

 

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1 9 Tips For Planning Work On The Road

Working on the road takes planning, because, as you change locations variables come up that are often not considered when you’re at home in your dining room or office, and everything is set up as you need and like it – unless you have children, then the rules change a little.

When planning your accommodation there are a few things you should consider and ask before arriving, as time spent trying to get ideal working conditions can be not only stressful but a huge waste of time.

  1. Sounds simple, but it can be surprisingly difficult to come by. If you are staying in a hotel ask about their business centres and costs / accessibility. Many places advertise Wi-Fi as an available benefit; however it is often weak and unreliable, or fantastic in the public spaces such as the reception, but impossible to use from your room. Foursquare is helpful to find public locations that offer wifi, alternatively use a wifi finder app (iOS, Android).
  2. Airbnb now has a business stay option as they’ve recognised that a lot of people like the ‘home’ factor when travelling, and that includes business trips. Ask your host for details about the space that they have designated as a business work area (Airbnb require hosts to fulfill certain criteria in order to be considered business hosts).Working remotely
  3. The physical workspace. It’s all very well to have the intent of working, but if your computer is perched on your lap you’ll not only have trouble concentrating but will probably have to spend a lot of time and money getting your neck, back and shoulders re-aligned. Ask for photos of the workspace, consider aspects such as tables, chairs, and light. They sound like simple things but really what you might need may not be what another person thinks of as a necessity.
  4. What type of environment do you thrive in? Are you happy to sit in buzzy cafés with noise, distractions and possibly a huge bill at the end from all the coffees and snacks you’ve consumed through the day? [Apps like coffivity offer ambient noise, without leaving the house] Or, do you need a quiet space in which to concentrate and work on your tasks at hand? Staying in towns or cities give you the option of libraries and co-working spaces, smaller and more remote places you’re less likely to come across such facilities, which ultimately means you’ll either have to work from your accommodation or in public spaces such as parks and cafés. There are plenty of hot desk or co-working spaces around the world, you just need to know where to find them, start with coworking wiki. Other options are desks near me, liquid space, rockit colabs and sharedesk. The benefits of office spaces are you have access to plenty of other people to talk to (if you want to), office equipment, internet that’s reliable and fast, meeting rooms and a kitchen with coffee and tea facilities, which in general are included for free.
  5. Batteries. What a blessing and a pain, invariably they die at crucial moments, just before you hit publish or send, in my experience! Investing in external battery packs for your phone or computer  or upgrading your battery capacity in your computer will help alleviate the need to be constantly ‘plugged in’. I’m also a huge fan of solar powered battery chargers which can be used anywhere the sun is out, which makes working in beach bars all the easier…
  6. Are you a consultant or coach, or do you have clients all over the world that you communicate with and you need to be online at specific times of day? Investing in a program such as calendly allow for easy scheduling, as long as you maintain the time zone changes as you travel! I also use a world clock app on my phone to help me keep track of time differences and zones as I move around the world.
  7. If you have colleagues or people you need to share documents or data with you need to make sure you have reliable platforms that can be accessed anywhere, by everyone involved, and at the same time. Nothing more tedious than being locked out of your own documents whilst someone is working on them, sending multiple documents and keeping projects organised with a centralised filing system. Have a look at basecamptrello, google drive, dropbox for business and Microsoft’s one drive.
  8. Storage and backing up data, work and photographs are also super important, and, alas I have experienced the crushing frustration of losing years of photographs, work, planning and information because of random events combined with not backing everything up properly [sob]. As a photographer friend says, if it’s not back up in triplicate it’s not safe. I use a mix of dropbox, external hard drives, I always have at least a terabyte at hand as I take a lot of high-resolution photographs. I also store data on google drive and Microsoft’s one drive, if I am based somewhere more permanently, for example, a year or so I also back up data to cds, something that I am not so keen on as they easily get damaged and they are yet another thing to haul around!
  9. And last, but absolutely not least I strongly recommend you refer to nomad list or read my handbook 101 ways to earn money whilst travelling, a guide to making money, or just working and covering your costs, whilst you travel, whether long term or short.

Looking for more inspiration? I highly recommend you read Tim Ferriss’ book the 4 hour work week. It has a huge range of ideas and inspiration to getting out of the office and into life as an entrepreneur. This book is a game changer.

Why is travelling good for your health?

Have a look at what my friends over at positive health wellness have to say on the subject with their piece, 8 reasons why traveling is good for your health.