September 22, 2017 By Jen Mathews
August 22, 2017
Escape the 9-5 and Live Anywhere as a Digital Nomad
Humans have lived as nomads for 99% of our history. But nowadays, we spend most of our time and resources “staying put”. Perhaps some of the more evolved of us can thrive in a typical 9 to 5 office setting, but many aren’t really that happy. Thirty-seven percent of employees would change their jobs to have the ability to work where they want at least part of the time. But you don’t have to change your job to choose where you work.
There is an increasing trend, especially among millennial workers, to maximize work-life balance and work from anywhere in the world. Remote work has recently skyrocketed, with 43% of American employees opting to work remotely at least some of the time. With remote access and collaboration software, work no longer needs to be confined to a particular space or schedule.
In his best-selling book, The 4-Hour Workweek, entrepreneur and author Tim Ferris has broken down some actionable tips on how to become a successful digital nomad. Admittedly, his lifestyle is extreme. While working, he’s become the first American in history to hold a Guinness World Record in tango, learned to speak 5 languages, and won a national Chinese kickboxing champion title. Talk about lofty goals…
Still, there is certainly some wisdom to be explored from his lifestyle of a digital nomad that is accessible for anyone, whether you’re well-established in your career and want a little more wiggle room, or you’re just starting out and looking for a better work-life balance.
Step 1: Escape the 9-5: condense work hours
Having a set, 8-hour workday from the office may seem like a productive routine, but it may actually make your time spent working less effective. Having 2-4 hour uninterrupted chunks of pure, distraction-free work time helps you get the most done, according to Ferris.
The office is full of more distractions than you think, and it may be conducive to frequent breaks. On the flip side, spending 8 hours in the office for one session of work may be too much time to get things done. Think of the way that a task expands the more time you give it. Ditching the office enables you to work in shorter, uninterrupted bursts to maximize your productivity.
Step 2: Lifestyle design: customize work hours
Digital nomads follow a “lifestyle design,” meaning that they live out the lifestyle that they want now, while they’re working. This mentality flies in the face of the common “deferred life plan” where workers aim to live out their best years later, during vacation or retirement.
It is possible to achieve an ideal work-life balance and even travel while working, but only once work hours become condensed and work becomes less tied to the 9-5 office schedule. Once we customize how, when, and where we work, we may finally have the time to pursue our non-professional goals and dreams.
Step 3: Tools and technology: digitize your workplace
Digital nomads rely heavily on technology in order to get the work done wherever and whenever they need to. Remote access software facilitates quick and easy entry to your work computer’s network, so you can get into files, programs, and emails. Ferris has championed our fellow LogMeIn product, GoToMyPC, for his work-travel endeavors, saying: “I have used GoToMyPC religiously for more than five years to access my U.S.-based computers from countries and islands worldwide. This gives me the freedom to leave all computers at home.”
But you can’t work alone – collaboration software is essential as well to make progress on projects and work with distant colleagues. join.me allows users to host and attend meetings from anywhere in the world with WiFi or a telephone signal. Further, using join.me’s conference numbers and toll-free options, you can dial in from nearly 70 countries worldwide, from Thailand to Costa Rica.
Will telecommuting become the new norm? The trends certainly suggest that we are headed towards a more remote workforce. By using these tips and tools from Tim Ferris, you may be able to achieve the ultimate #workgoals as a digital nomad. Before long, maybe you, too, could have the time to win a Chinese kickboxing champion title.TRY join.me FREE!
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