My moose*, Jon works his fanny off on the daily from anywhere there is reliable wifi and good coffee. We know how lucky we are to be able to travel and work remotely at the same time but there are also a few things we’re learning along the way. Here are a few tidbits on Jon’s mobile office life:
Jon, Principal Analytics Consultant, 33 Sticks
Left Silicon Valley to Live All Over the World
It has been nearly three months since I started my location-independent lifestyle, and every day has been so very exciting. It’s an amazing thing to be able to switch up your reality whenever you like; that said, it definitely has been more challenging than I expected. Not to say that the pros haven’t outweighed the cons, but each day has been a learning experience. And just as I enjoy optimizing experiences for work, I’ve also really been enjoying learning how to optimize my daily life.
- Experiment with time and task management methodologies. I always thought of myself as an organized person, but without any sort of default structure to your day, you have to take it to the next level. In an office, it’s easy to rely on the “normal routine” (get in at nine, take lunch at 12, leave at five). But now, you’re on your own. With incredible flexibility also comes incredible responsibility. Knowing the context of where you’ll be (café, home, airplane) might also impact what you can get done.
- You’re not on vacation. Traveling for leisure can be very different from effectively moving your home base. At a minimum, it probably involves having a stricter budget and less time to just hang out. But it also means the normal aspects of your day become fun adventures.
- Try to immerse yourself in the local happenings. Try to remember why you’re traveling and get involved. Talk to people, follow local news, understand local issues. One tactical thing I literally just started doing is following a variety of local serious and hip news outlets on Twitter whenever I get to a new city.
- Plan your workplaces in advance. I try to research where I’m going to work at least the day before so I’m not wasting time the day of, trying to figure out what spot might have a productive ambiance and reliable WiFi.
*I don’t do that baby, hubby, boo basic nonsense – nicknames of the moment are how I roll. So, it can also be stupid head, big lug, butt-butt, shhh, etc. My brain is wired to improvise at all times.