Are your days feeling a little stale lately? A lot of people have that problem. One group of people who doesn't, however, is digital nomads -- remote workers who leverage technology to live and work all over the world, untethered to a single location.
"I'm going to guess that almost everyone out there has spent at least one afternoon staring at their inbox in a daze or sitting in a seemingly endless meeting, daydreaming about becoming a digital nomad," says The Muse contributor Erin Greenwald, who spent a year living the charmed life of a digital nomad. "It sounds ideal: working from inspiring locations, being in charge of your time, skipping the small talk."
But not everyone can just get up and go. And fortunately, you don't have to.
"You don't necessarily have to pick up and move halfway across the globe to enjoy some of the benefits of this lifestyle. In fact, there are plenty of habits that anyone can adopt to make their days more inspiring," Greenwald explains.
One such habit, for instance, is changing up your scenery.
"One of the most obvious benefits [of being a digital nomad] is getting to work from beautiful locations, whether it's a hip cafe in Berlin or a beach in Bali," Greenwald says. "Even if you can't get to quite such exotic locations from your cubicle, you're still surrounded by places that are not your office. Is there a coffee shop around the corner or a hotel lobby you particularly love? Talk to your boss to see if you can negotiate one day (or even a couple hours) every week to go work from there, or organize a 'retreat' for your whole team to get offsite and get some work … If that's not an option, try taking some of your meetings out of the office. At the very least, see what moving from your desk to another corner of the office can do."
And if you can't get away from the office, at least get away from your computer.
"Digital nomads have lots of opportunities to step away from their computers -- and often find they have the best ideas when they do," Greenwald says. "It can be easy to feel like you have to stay tuned into your computer every second you're at work, but try taking some time away from the screen and see what happens. Go for a walk when you're stuck on a problem. Grab a notebook and sit in a remote corner of the office when prepping for your next meeting. Schedule time every week to brainstorm on a whiteboard in the conference room. You might be surprised how much it clears your head."More Tips:https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-digital-nomad-habits-anyone-can-adopt-make-days-inspiringQuestions, Comments, Suggestions?Contact Successful Meetings Editor in Chief Vincent Alonzo with your "How To" ideas.