By Jess Signet from Tripelio
Thanks to Amy and her amazing website for collaborating with me on this blog piece and allowing me to share this article. She’s such an inspiration for how to get out there and chase after amazing adventures (such as her Galapagos trip—absolutely stunning!) while still getting all the “adult things” done. Cheers to living the dream!
In the age of the 40+ hour workweek, working at home and on the road, and miraculously managing to do and see it all, here’s a tip: take a breather. Because once you’ve mastered actually becoming a digital nomad, you’ve got to learn how to keep it up, and that can sometimes be a challenging thing to do.
Not only does planning vacation time and getting active make your work better, but even Elon Musk leaves work at work on the weekends. And if that’s the practice of an incredibly successful business, then I’m totally behind it 100 percent. Even people who are on the move while they work need to take a break from the travel sometimes.
So sit back, take a load off and make sure you add a little bit of these non-work related activities into your everyday.
There’s no use in beating you over the head with the facts; healthy people just work better. So if you’re not incorporating it into your everyday because you’re busy, you need to make time. It makes you smarter, and it makes you more efficient at the office.
But other than just taking the time to get active, you can also make the transitions into being healthier at work as well. Standing desks are really popular, as is having meetings outside, or walking around the building, rather than just sitting all day. Freelancers who park it on the computer all day and never move? Take your brainstorm sessions outside; a walk can do wonders for the imagination, and you’ve got no excuse not to if you’re a travel writer because all the inspiration is right out of the door!
Giving back to your community is a double positive; not only does it get you out of your work frame of mind, but it also leads to a more nurtured community presence (and can even land you come connections in the long run). Find an organization that makes use of your passions, not necessarily your skill set, and you’ll be growing the program as well as yourself.
If you’re a traveling digital entrepreneur always on the go, consider travel volunteer programs to either incorporate into your work or do as a holiday—sites such as GoEco have great programs for people of all ages and interests to help give back, all over the world.
- Binge Watch
While I know that people spend all of their days in front of screen, sometimes taking a mindless break and involving yourself in the inner turmoil of the Seven Kingdoms is a great way to distract, relax and recover from a long work day. And while your day may be hard, if it’s anything like an episode of Game of Thrones, it’s time to do more than a break; it’s time for a new job.
For the traveling workers out there who say Netflix is a no-go in their country, try working with a Virtual Private Network. They’re great at rerouting signals, and then you can watch to your heart’s content, exactly what you want, wherever you are. So binge—binge away!
- Have a Squash Fun for Quick Getaways
Take your vacation time. Even if you run your own business and have a million projects and don’t know how to leave work at the office, use all of your vacation time. Getting a break from the office and seeing new worlds, or even new streets of your city during a staycation, is better than not taking any holidays at all.
But even better than taking a vacation is using the most of your weekends and traveling small and often. My advice for anyone is to save $20 a week and have a squash fund for making quick getaways that are one or two hours by car or flight. You never know when a beautiful Friday afternoon will roll around, and you’ve just got to see it from a new perspective, somewhere close, but also far, far away from your every day.
With the internet, most people hardly spend any time alone, and I mean really alone; flipping through Instagram on your couch doesn’t count, and neither does wandering down the never-ending Facebook newsfeed either.
What can you do? Unplug, totally, for at least thirty minutes a day and take in some reflection techniques. From breathing exercises to writing in journals, there are a million ways to work on your inner self without having to buy a yoga mat, so don’t think the only way to be a better you involves enrolling in Bikram classes. The point is to connect with yourself because as much as you need connections with people, a strong personal relationship with yourself will leave you rejuvenated and inspired.
- Save Time for Friends and Family
Keeping up with the people in your life can be hard when schedules are tough, but having a yoga class with your best friend or volunteering with your siblings can be more than just a break for you. It can also be a break for them, and doing it together kills two birds with one stone. Arrange for regular nights where you go out with your friends for dinner or a monthly movie night with your parents to remind them that while you’re busy, you’ve still got time for them. It won’t just be peace of mind for them, it will also do wonders for you.
Working in the digital era means you can have your work with you all the time, work at all hours and never, ever stop if you don’t want to. But I promise, the key to excellent success is learning to live on the balance, so go look for it—it’s definitely out there!
Have any tips or tricks for making sure you take a break from the computer and breath fresh air? Please leave a comment or a share advice here. I love to find new ways to get out from behind the screen and go out for new adventures!
Brought to you as a guest post from Jess Signet from Tripelio.com