Have you ever thought about the fact that you are replaceable? No matter how hard you work for eight hours every weekday, you can be replaced as fast as three working days. You can even quit today and find yourself exiting your job with nothing but a thank-you email. So what do you do? Sure, everyone needs to work, but to what extent?
Nowadays, people are already struggling to cope with the pandemic and restrictions. There is no way to escape and do the things you usually do to relieve yourself after work. Indeed, there are still ways if you want to. Some people take refuge in home improvements, learning how to paint their walls, installing natural stone sidings, and even renovating the whole house. Focusing on your home is not so bad when you cannot fully enjoy nature. Still, there will come a time you will crave the great outdoors.
Back in 2019, the idea of working from home and remote working is far from what we have today, but it does not mean it is impossible to achieve a digital nomad lifestyle. Now that the world is slowly opening up again, it is time you consider this lifestyle, and here’s why.
Having No Life Outside Work Is Fatal
To some people, having a life outside of work is not a privilege but rather a hard-earned lifestyle. That is why there is a current rate of workplace burnout because not everybody has equal opportunities to enjoy themselves after their shift. Not everybody has the same job nature that allows them fixed day-offs, and while there is nothing you can do about it at the moment, it is essential to know that your mental health is at stake, too. Maybe, adults are too tired and stubborn to admit it, but the feeling of being tired every day is not normal. It is your body’s way to tell you, it has had enough, and it needs a break.
Sure, you can take a break once in a while, but coming back to the same scenario will not help, either. If you are thinking about a long-term solution, embrace a nomadic lifestyle. We are not advising you to quit work or even start a business. The latter is even more stressful, especially during your service discovery phase, which is not what we aim for here. When you embark on a digital nomad lifestyle, you ought to find a job that allows you a flexible schedule and manageable workload. When you get out of that 9-to-5 routine, you will feel freer to do what you want and go to the places you want to go.
Working From Home Is Not the Same as Remote Working
Before the pandemic, working from home was made for virtual teams and employees who could not come to the office. It was meant to help employees manage their lives, including moms with kids and working students with their academic requirements. It was not meant as an alternative that aims a shot at a work-life balance, but remote working is. Picture yourself by the beach, answering your emails, but enjoying the sun and the sand. Now, that is remote working. Working from home is still a full-time job; the only difference is you are in the comfort of your own home. Meanwhile, remote work is a job where you have control over your schedule and life. You won’t feel dictated but rather freer.
Remote working might be unavailable right now, but soon it will be. Now that the work-from-home arrangement is here to stay. There is no telling how soon that might happen, especially when people are itching to see the world again.
Being Chained to a Desk Doesn’t Guarantee Productivity
Let us talk about productivity. Of course, being productive is essential to everything related to work, as it is the only thing you should do. Being a digital nomad does not mean you will work less. No, you will work at your own pace and in any location you want, and it will require dedication and commitment to be productive, too. Some people get distracted by any sightings that aren’t related to work, but there are also those whose eyes glaze over a blank Word document. Hence, with this work lifestyle, you need to master the art of self-management and prioritization, so you won’t waste the literal breath of fresh air you are having.
Being in a routine with too many responsibilities is one way adults die young. They lose their interest in other things and forget to have fun. Don’t let this be you; consider having a digital nomad lifestyle today.