December 2017: Chandreyi came up to me and said “I wanna quit my job. I want to take a sabbatical and travel.”
We had been working on our travel page The Moonchasers for a year now. Having traveled almost 20,000kms just in 2017, our minds were brimming with stories from remote parts of our country as well as some abroad. But this was becoming hectic for both of us.
Managing a travel content platform with full time jobs; C working as a PR professional and I, working as an Architect in a real estate corporate set-up came with its own sets of challenges. During this time, we were successfully squeezing in trips over long weekends and clubbing available holidays into longer vacations. Editing the content that we captured during our travels, be it through words on a blog post or post processing the footages to make a film, took more time than we had anticipated.
So C’s coming up to me and expressing to quit was no surprise.
“So what would you like to do next?” I asked.
“I want to travel more and establish this baby we have created. I want to utilize every possible opportunity in the coming year to travel and explore our passion further.”
And so, we set out to make some legitimate plans for pursuing the life of a digital nomad when travelling. I was managing my dual job role of being an architect as well as a traveler / film maker through 2018, while C turned every weekend into a travel opportunity!
WHO CAN WORK REMOTELY?
We are living in an unprecedented time. The concepts of working from home has taken the front seat for organisational functionality and business continuity due to the Covid19 pandemic. However, since the advent of digital transformation and tools in workflow and project management, remote working has slowly made its way into the lives of people with greater aspirations. Over the last 20 years, many professionals have made the switch from full time, office based roles to being more flexible & independent. Today, there are roughly 3 different categories of professionals moving to a remote working setup.
HOW DO DIGITAL NOMADS TRAVEL?
To support your passion of travelling with a full time job, is to address both; with set targets, short term goals (say Quarterly) and a professional approach that one would take at their job. The key is to never forget that what you do is what you love.
Travel plans should ideally begin at the start of the year in accordance with the holiday list. Clubbing long weekends with available casual leaves that your company provides to plan for vacations is a smart idea. Keeping an eye on leaves carried forward should you have some, it’s wise to not let them expire and plan well in advance for that one big trip. If you have a profession that allows you to work from anywhere, this planning can take place much before as well.
Once done with travel plans, one needs to structure the day immaculately to enable REMOTE WORKING. This involves using technology based services to plan your day well in advance. Fix time to work remotely out of your hotel lobby or rent a nearby co-working space, should you be staying in a place with poor WIFI. Hostels also offer work spaces with internet connectivity in most destinations for digital nomads.
REMOTE WORKING 2020
While the term remote working has taken a completely new definition in the current pandemic, this gave me the opportunity to reflect back on the tricks we have adapted and been following to manage my dual Job roles in the past 2 years.
Remote working today means ‘work from anywhere’ , a culture, largely driven by technological advances that make it possible to work seamlessly regardless of location i.e. between the office, home, client site, coffee shops, airports etc. Modern day technology allows employees to work remotely, as if in the office, from anywhere, on any device, at any time.
WHY WORK REMOTELY?
Employees are more likely to enjoy greater job satisfaction and motivation from attaining a better work-life balance. Additionally, remote workers maybe more productive as they experience fewer interruptions and distractions than in an office environment
Flexible working can enable cost savings for both companies and employees. From an organisational perspective, cost savings are accrued through the reduction in overheads, lower printing costs and the opening up of desk space within the office. Personal cost savings are primarily linked to less commuting travel.
Remote working allows employees to manage their personal responsibilities (such as childcare, or care for a family member) and attend health and other routine appointments without losing an entire day of work, thereby reducing absenteeism. Moreover, working remotely allows those recovering from illness or new mothers, for example, to return to work more quickly by working from home, thus improving labour retention. This higher retention translates into cost savings, through lower induction and recruitment costs.
Remote working also has a positive impact on the environment by enabling companies and employees to reduce their carbon footprint e.g. smaller offices, fewer commuting hours. Refer to the slideshow below to understand more about efficient remote working.
THE CONCEPT OF CO-WORKING
Co-working is not a new term. The first books which praised the power of Co-working, were already published in 1628. Yet they only admired the co-working power of God and its representatives. The concept changed over time into what it is today: a representation of working independently, but together. Most coworkers work as their own God. They are freelancers who share common values.
One of the main components of succeeding as a remote worker is of course, your work space.
Atmosphere is everything! It can change your ability to be productive, and even worse, it can hinder the actual work you’re able to do (i.e. horrible or NO WiFi at all).
WiFi Tribe has had a lot of experience scoping out some of the best co-working spaces around the world. Here are some of the spaces that have a mix of amazing decor, tranquil energy and yummy food! Just perfect for making sure you have a productive work day, so that you can go out and play!
HOW TO WORK REMOTELY?
Sold on this lifestyle?
We admit the appeal of being anywhere and working is quite a catch! The idea of waking up and living your life in a way that is most suited to your personal and professional goals, along with your habits and idiosyncrasies sounds almost too good to be true.
PS: this way of living is possible for anyone, no matter where you’re at in life right now.
Tools for efficient remote working
Even with all the support from organisations, people may find it difficult to completely shift to a remote working model. It is indeed a forced push due to the pandemic where people are finding it hard to work in isolation, without immediate access to many resources and colleagues, that one is used to. Human interactions are reduced in a remote working setup and especially today when one has to manage finding a calm workspace at homes, it may increasingly affect the mental health of workers. The shift is indeed indicative of the future however remote working should continue to be a choice for those who can and do have the mindset to implement and develop a productive workflow while working from anywhere.
Have you found remote working to be helpful? What are the challenges you are facing? Tell us more and lets have a discussion about the best practices for making WFH a pleasant experience. Tell us your concerns/feedback in the comments below.