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by Nicola Rankin in habits

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 9

Today’s challenge is about how to balance adventure and work whilst working from a different location, like a working ‘holiday’.

I’ve actually worked really hard for the last few years (and taken some risks!) to get to the point I am now – I can work from anywhere. But, only every other week  – this makes it trickier 😉 My son is with me every other week and he goes to a traditional actually-show-up-in-person kind of school – he wouldn’t want it any other way and I respect that. So  mostly, I work from home. Once or twice a week from a local co-working space. Occasionally I work from cafe’s or airbn’b’s up the coast, sometimes (less glamorously) from my car at one of my son’s soccer practices or tournaments.

More recently, I worked from Surfers Paradise – I was going for the recent ProBlogger conference so I went early and worked from my hotel for a few days before the conference.

The Benefits of a Daily Routine

My approach is to try to stick to my normal routine as much as possible. I’ve worked hard to create good habits that support my health and my work – it’s just not worth it to me to jeopardise them. But that doesn’t mean it’s completely inflexible. My daily structure is more to do with the order that I do things in than the time I do them at.

So this what I do everyday:

  • Get up and get some exercise (at home this is on my stepper machine)
  • do some yoga
  • meditation
  • eat/shower/dress
  • sit down to work
  • work in batches (with ‘get up and get energised’ breaks) until lunchtime
  • eat lunch and get outside for a bit
  • do some more work until I’m just done for the day (any where from mid afternoon to early eveing)
  • relax and do whatever I feel like 🙂

And that’s it. The order and flow of this is really important – this is how habits are created. I used be so against routine – I felt like it boxed me in and suffocated me. Until I realised that it was the timing of it, rather than the structure that bothered me. Having to be at work everyday at 9am feels like a constraint. What if I really need to do a long meditation? What if I didn’t sleep well last night and need to sleep in? Focusing on the structure rather than the timing has allowed me to get the benefits of a routine without feeling like it curbs my freedom. Another major benefit to me: not having to make those millions of decisions about what to do next or if I’m going to x or y – totally frees up my brain for creative stuff and means less stress.

So, I did roughly the same thing working from Surfers Paradise as I do working from Wellington. My morning routine was a bit longer as I went out for a beach walk, but the structure remained the same.  I had a longer lunch break one day as there was a cruise I wanted to go on. So, I got my work done. I had fun. And when I got home, my habits were still in place, my routine still rock solid, and I flowed seamlessly into working from home again. Well, a bit of readjusting for timezones and stuff, but pretty seamless 🙂

-Nicola

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