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An Author’s Perspective on Hacking Work & Pleasure

June 1, 2017
Climbing Gym, Paris

Reading Time: 2.5 minutes

Being able to combine work and pleasure is one of the reasons why I enjoy being a digital nomad. I’ve authored more than thirty books and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and often find my inspiration in the activities I love most. Many of my books, for example, have something to do with horses; my favourite animal. It’s easier to get motivated about doing all that research when I’m excited about the subject matter!

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How I Combat Loneliness When Working Remotely

May 4, 2017
Combating Loneliness
Reading Time: 3 minutes
One of the biggest challenges facing those who don’t work in a traditional office can be loneliness. Loneliness can impact you not just emotionally, but physically and before you know it your motivation and productivity have taken a dive. Your enthusiasm wanes, snack time and TV time go up and deadlines are suddenly passing you by.
Digital Nomads have a particularly hard time with this. In an online survey, a huge proportion answered that loneliness was their biggest challenge as a digital nomad. Jelte ten Holt wrote a great post “Lonely in Paradise” that has some great tips for handling loneliness while on the road.
What if you’re just working from home? Think about trying out some of these strategies which I’ve found to be helpful when working alone is getting to me:

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Having a down day? Just go with the flow…

February 23, 2017
motivation

Motivation. What is it good for? Sometimes you have lots of it and sometimes you just don’t feel like working. What do you do on the days that feel like such a struggle? I used to beat myself up for not being as productive as I “should” be if I was having a down day. Finally, after years of being hard on myself, I came to the realization that I have periods of high productivity at work and other, shorter, periods of reduced productivity. And some days, I don’t want to work at all. There’s usually a good reason for those kinds of days.

Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way to help get me through those challenging times.

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Digital Nomad: Nathan Sawatzky of Nathan Sawatzky Consulting

February 9, 2017
Nathan Sawatzky

What do you do professionally?

I work with companies to build and implement their customer support teams and strategy. As part of this, I spend quite a bit of time looking at Trust and Safety for children’s online products also.

I’m also currently working on building out a company that will provide high-touch support for businesses who want to focus more on the product; allowing my team to become their customer care team.

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Maybe You’re Not Ready for Self-Employment

January 5, 2017
Self-employment
This is something I have really been struggling with lately. I haven’t wanted to admit it to myself, but I also know that we learn from our experiences, both good and bad. I’ve been self-employed as a freelance jane-of-all-trades business developer on and off for the last 7 years. And while there have been periods of sufficient income, there are the low periods as well where I was scraping by. I’m at a point right now where I’ve decided that 100% self-employment probably isn’t the best fit for me at this point in my life. Queue the search for a complimentary career that will allow me to continue pursuing my passions (helping businesses grow) and afford me the freedom and flexibility I need in a job to maintain my sanity.

I believe that it’s possible to find a J.O.B. that will allow me to continue using my entrepreneurial spirit. Here are some of the benefits I see to putting full-time self-employment aside (until you’re really ready)

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Flexible Working – a Legal Right?

December 19, 2016
Flexible Working

Flexible working is a hot topic these days. I’ve been observing conversations taking place around Canada about whether the country should make flexible working a legal right. The Liberal government is considering a change to the Canadian Labour Code that will make it a legal right for employees to request more flexible working conditions (eg. flexible working hours or the ability to work from home) without fear of negative repercussions from their boss.

The UK has recently adopted similar changes to flexible working; maybe it’s time for other countries to hop on board?

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Automate Your Life

December 10, 2016
Podcast

Automate your life. You don’t have enough time. Enough time to pursue that hobby you’ve had on the back burner for a while. Enough time to get through that task list (the list that grows daily despite the items you manage to cross off.) Enough time to spend with your kids and loved ones because you’re working late to finalize that project or meet that milestone.

Automating aspects of your life can greatly improve emotional well-being and enhance personal productivity. 

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