What have I learnt from week 1?

As most of you will know by now, I'm in the middle of a 17 day road-trip to test my theory that I can work anywhere.

I have a remote team, we all work with our clients remotely, so presumably as long as I have an internet connection then I can work from wherever I want.

The theory is good and in practice it has proved to be true ... with my 3 options for connecting to the internet I have been able to do my work and have my client Skype calls without any problems.

So what have I learnt from week 1 if things seem to have gone so smoothly?

My two key learnings came quite early on. 

I've spent a lot of time travelling around and have found the amount of time it takes to pitch and de-pitch (is that a word??) as well as the travelling time is eating into my working time more than I anticipated.  I've been camper all my life so I should have known how long these things take but until you put it into context I guess you don't realise how it will affect things.  

Consequently I'm doing much less work than normal and I'm fitting in more 4Networking meetings and 121 catch-up meetings.  I'm trying to do a little bit of sight-seeing on my way round but so far have really only managed 1.5 days.

I'm actually quite exhausted and I've learnt that if I do this again I need to plan to stay in less places for longer, maybe only move on every 5-7 days so I have time to see a place and get some work done.

The second thing I learnt is that in order to get time to do more touristy things I need to be more structured in my diary and be more systemised.  As many of you will know, I am maybe more system and process orientated than a lot of people but to properly make this work I need more.  I need to have more specific slots in my diary so that when I'm travelling I know the times I definitely need to be hooked up to the internet for client calls, for example.  And I need to have more automation and/or VA support so that things will still happen, even if I'm stuck in a traffic jam.

This stuff is really all about enabling work/life balance so it applies to everyone who doesn't want to be managed by their business.  It's what I talk about all the time but again, until put into context I didn't realise how much more structure I needed to make this lifestyle work.  At home I'm sat at my desk all day so it hasn't really dawned on my that if I wasn't, the structure I have isn't enough.

So if you want to continue to follow my journey for the next week go to www.facebook.com/OfficeFixerNoFixedAbode/.

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