The art of working from home: travel.
Life is full of dreams. Dream of traveling to exotic places, studying and earning a degree, buying a new home, and, of course, landing a dream job.
Today I write a lot about the miracle of working at home. Many people seem to regard them as “dream jobs”.
But how “fantastic” are these jobs?
So let’s not kid ourselves. It’s so cool to work from home.
Working from home provides flexibility, and no on-the-spot work can easily match. Your flexibility should leap, and life and work can be organized around your specific needs.
There is so much to love. It’s perfectly acceptable to work on your PJ, or “walk in” the sweater grandma’s meeting. If you have a video call, you just need to look good from the neck. Washing clothes while sending email is a new and exciting spin on multitasking.
There is a chance to change your “office” and its perspective, which can be fun and dynamic as long as you like it.
However, if you’re seriously considering telecommuting opportunities, be prepared to face some real challenges. Working from home is a real art.
My point is, as a busy, active, deadline driven organization. If you are an entrepreneur, no one can answer but you, and your experience may be different. My goal is to share my experiences and lessons, so you can use your open eyes to see your work at home and the best chance of a successful transition.
This article is the first in a series of articles on the art of working from home, because I believe that there is such an art in reality to do this “dream” work for you. Here, I will focus on working from home, and next time, I will study autonomy and how to continue to work.
If you have any questions about working from home, I would be happy to answer their future positions! Please leave a message in the comments below.
The art of traveling is working from home with your work.
You might imagine that if you want to sleep, you can send some email (if you like) and enjoy a delicious breakfast on a secluded beach in Thailand. Sounds amazing, right? But it’s not that simple. In fact, it takes a lot of planning and organization to travel while working full-time.
This is my travel story: I recently decided to move to Nicaragua, because first, I work from home (why not, right?). And because it is a beautiful country, natural wonder, rich culture and friendly people, and a very affordable cost of living. I have also found a great opportunity to learn and plan to open two new engineering degrees here.
However, despite my detailed plans, I have encountered unplanned hiccups. I have two different diseases in the first two weeks. I spent a whole month to establish a stable Internet connection, after dealing with four different companies, all of these companies have assured me that they can provide service for me.
These hiccups can affect your performance, so be careful. When you work in an organization like me at a deadline, your downtime affects the rest of the team and your performance, so it needs to be minimized. My advice is not to take these actions lightly, recognize that there may be problems, discuss your plans with your boss, and choose the time you choose to travel.
How do you make travel part of your home work?
For yourself, do more action travel, and whether you can stay productive when you need it. (do you really want to do an epic project in Rio DE janeiro for 13 hours during the carnival?) Remember, your first priority is to get your work done. You may need to spend some time on weekends and evenings to catch up.
Don’t be too ambitious. Try a local trip before you can handle any further. A nearby location may be in the same or nearby time zone. If you stay here, you already know how culture, language and systems work, so you can quickly switch.
Plan, plan, plan. Then make a backup plan. Call ahead to make sure you have a stable Internet connection and quiet, comfortable workplace.
Work with your team in advance to let them know the scope and duration of your trip. If you do not abuse your permissions, in most cases, your team will support you if something unexpected happens.
You need to make adjustments to stay positive (you will!). .
My last tip at home? Smile and enjoy! After all the efforts to make sure things go smoothly, you should get it. Use your time outside of work to experience your new environment, return to your “office” and be ready to enter and increase productivity.
Working from home can be an incredible, life-extending experience, as long as you try to keep a close eye on the transition and develop a formula that works for you. I went through a transition, and I can tell you, it works, it’s hard for me to give up. If you are ready for this challenge and opportunity, I welcome you to the mobile laptop tribe!
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Respond to family work art: travel.
Katherine Davis was on March 5, 2015 at 10:28 p.m.
Great article, Randall! Although I have had a family office for 15 years in various consulting projects, I have been working full-time at home for the past seven years. I agree with everything you discuss.
When it comes to foreign travel or to interesting destinations, it’s best to save your time off at these locations. Enjoy your time and immerse yourself in a new culture.
However, what I often do is visit family and friends all over the country. The change of pace does wonders for the mind. During these “work holidays, you can reduce travel costs and use the Internet connections that your hosts build. You and your host can work during the day and enjoy the evenings and weekends. It gives all of you a chance to explore the area, because locals don’t usually do it. Don’t overstep your welcome. A pleasant visit is usually three to five days.