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3 Slightly-Odd Tips for Working from Home

April 4, 2018
Working from Home

Bike DeskWorking from home can be a blessing and a challenge.

Here are three things that have helped me along the way…

  1. Finagle yourself a bike desk! No need to be tormented by exercise versus work again! If my focus is starting to evaporate I can usually hop on the bike and get my mojo back. It’s also a great place to hang out while watching a webinar (just make sure it’s not a video conferency-type webinar. That happened once. It was a little embarrassing and I’m sure the bobbing up and down of my head can be pretty distracting!)
  2. Get open/closed sign from the dollar store! When I put it on my door it means I’m closed for mom-business. Don’t even think of interrupting my conference call for a paper cut or just because you’re ‘feeling snacky’.
  3. Find your flow. Figure out which times of day work best for which types of work for you.Open/Closed Sign

I am a very definite night owl. I’ve discovered that I have a very a short window of focus when I very first wake up (which is broken if I need to do ANYTHING else such as doing the school run).

The rest of the morning I can check email, do any work-related social media tasks and do any housework that needs to get done.

After lunch, I am more focused, but anything that requires a lot of brain power or imaginative thinking is really best after dinner from 7 or 8pm onwards.

I found the Optimizing Your Day with Daily Rhythms, Optimal Timing for Tasks and Maximizing Breaks episode of Erik Fisher’s Beyond the To Do List podcast with Daniel Pink (author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing) so interesting. I’d never really thought about the impact me being a night owl has on my entire day (other than enjoying working at night).

That’s it. Give one (or three) of them a try and see if you can make working from home go a little more smoothly!

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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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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Digital Nomad Profile: Nikki Tate Stratton

January 5, 2017


Author, Nikki Tate-Stratton at Marina Cay

Author, Nikki Tate-Stratton playing dingy captain at Marina Cay in the Caribbean

Nikki Tate-Stratton on her life as a climber, author, sailor, and publicist.

What do you do professionally?

I write children’s books on a wide variety of subjects. I work with many different international publishers in a variety of formats. In addition, I produce audiobooks, work as a freelancer writer, a reviewer and as a freelance publicist. I also teach workshops; some online and some offline. The virtual classroom part of my work has really taken off recently.

How did you come to be living a digital nomad lifestyle?

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Digital Nomad Profile: Dani Tate Stratton

December 13, 2016
Dani Tate-Stratton
Skog Wedding Invitation

Skog Wedding Invitation

What do you do professionally?

I’m a freelance graphic designer who doesn’t like to be geographically tied down. My husband and I have a seasonal woodworking company called Skog.

How did you come to be living a digital nomad lifestyle?

I had an office job at a magazine in Tokyo. When I moved back to Canada to go back to school, I knew I would be returning to Japan in a year, so instead of giving my job up completely we worked out a way for me to work remotely. Unfortunately, with the time zone difference, I was expected to be available from 6pm-3am on weekdays and was also going to school full time!

Although it was sometimes a challenge, I realized how much I liked the flexibility. After finishing school, I continued working remotely for the Japanese magazine for another 5 years and found some other clients which enabled me to turn freelancing into a full-time job.

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Living the Dream – Work Anywhere in the World

December 12, 2016
Peta working remotely

My career goal in the past 3 years has been to have a fulfilling career that will enable me to work anywhere.

I had an operations position in a small startup. As with most startups, this meant I did a little of everything – marketing, HR, financials, logistics, admin.

I had spent a few weeks here and there proving that working from a remote location was possible – there had been a few weeks on Vancouver Island on the West Coast of Canada and a few weeks in the UK where everything had gone very smoothly, bar the occasional phone call where it had been a little challenging to find a quiet corner amongst 10 of my closest family members!

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Digital Nomad Profile: Peta Williams

December 9, 2016
Working Remotely in Split, Croatia

What do you do professionally?

I am Director of Chaos Management for Sheldrake & Ross where I look at processes and data to identify how systems can be simplified and automated.

I have knowledge of many different productivity tools coupled with a great deal of experience helping small businesses and non-profits to run as efficiently as possible.

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