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Getting the most out of your LI lifestyle
Packing a suitcase has always been synonymous with rest and relaxation.
To get the most of your fabulous new lifestyle, you may need to tweak your mindset and reset some of your expectations.
It’s really important to get the balance between productivity and time out just right. That way you will get to enjoy all the reasons for wanting to travel in the first place, and continue to feel secure and productive in your business.
There are a few areas to look at to help get this right.
3. Taking care
4. Changing your approach
The goal of pursuing this lifestyle is to have more freedom to enjoy different activities with less time at your desk. BUT: in a way where your business won’t suffer.
So how is this accomplished?
We all know about working smart not hard. So what are the best tips we can suggest in relation to managing this from a different location?
- Work out what the essential tasks are and schedule these in. You may want to handle them for an hour at the beginning of the day, or handle them early evening (depending on time zone).
- Before you leave on your trip have an idea of what ‘new’ projects you would like to complete while you are away. Ideally it will be something which excites you, that requires creativity and innovation and that you never seem to find the time to do at home. It’s a great feeling to return after your trip knowing that as well as being invigorated by a wonderful break from the norm, you also accomplished something you may not have otherwise done.
- Don’t under-estimate how much time things take you! Be generous in your allocation so you don’t feel disappointed if you aren’t staying on track (and you are stuck at your laptop instead of being outside in the sunshine!)
- Give some thought to how you want your week to play out. If there are particular
sights you want to visit or to have a couple of afternoons just reading by the pool make sure you factor these in. If you don’t you may find these activities get eaten away at as ‘laptop time’ spills over.
- Be disciplined about your tasks, staying focused on the essentials you have set for that day. if you find yourself browsing news sites or twitter bear in mind this could be time spent in the countryside or in a café – make your ‘laptop time’ count.
- Allocate time to look at blogs and articles, in the same way you schedule time to do invoicing or have client calls. It can run away with you otherwise!
- If you are having a day out and don’t want to be ‘connected’, make sure you set time aside later that day or the next day to check and respond to messages (if you are usually a quick responder) so your clients won’t know the difference in your location.
Just because you are away from home and enjoying a different way of life doesn’t mean you are on holiday from suffering from stress! Until you are settled or more used to the travel, you may find yourself feeling stressed from time to time. It just might be a bit more difficult to recognise if you associate being ‘away’ with being on ‘holiday’, where you would expect to be relaxed and worry-free.
It can be difficult to admit that things are getting on top of you, especially when you are in a location which you know is the envy of your friends. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking we have no good reason to feel tense. Ignoring or denying it because it doesn’t fit in with your concept of how you want to be isn’t going to help. It doesn’t matter where you are located. Stress arises from needing something that you are not getting. Whether you want to accept it or not, your body and mind are simply reacting appropriately to the situation presented.
Be aware of your own personal signs of stress and when they come along make sure you take some time out. You are in the wonderful place of your choosing so take advantage of it and try to work out what is missing, and what you need to remedy it. Sometimes being in a new location brings its own challenges, and as much as you might want it to be, living in a beautiful new place isn’t always enough.
How well a person can deal with pressures or challenges depends on how full their ‘resource pool’ is. Imagine it as a wide, deep well. Your resource pool needs to be constantly topped up, like a reservoir. For every withdrawal, there needs to be a corresponding deposit to maintain a healthy balance.
Your ‘resource pool’
It varies depending on the person, but your resource pool can be topped up by things that make you feel relaxed, nurtured and cared for. You will also probably have an idea what activities, thoughts or demands are the biggest drain.
If your pool is kept topped up, you have the resources to deal with those elements which are more of a challenge. But if the level of your pool has been gradually getting lower and lower in the run up to your trip you will find it more and more difficult to stay on top of things.
Being away is the perfect time and place to really prioritise doing things to make sure your pool is regularly replenished. If you arrive at your destination feeling worn out and more than ready for the change, make a decision to start as you mean to go on in terms of taking better care of yourself, and not falling back into the sort of habits you wanted to leave behind.
There are various techniques which will help you to relax as much as possible.
– You may wish to find a yoga or meditation class.
– There are also relaxation methods to do by yourself which will help quiet your mind and give you some perspective.
– One of the simplest is to slightly tense then noticeably relax all the main muscles in your body, from your toes up. Done slowly and systematically, in a quiet, comfortable place, this method can work very well to slow your breathing and release tension from your mind and body.
– Try to focus your attention only on the process itself, simply letting any stray thoughts drift away rather than giving them attention. Complete this process, finishing with the muscles of your jaw, cheeks and forehead. We can carry a lot of tension in our faces and relaxing your eyebrows can feel noticeably different!
– Take as long as you like, no less than 15 minutes to be really effective. The benefits of this relaxation will be to reduce your stress levels, calm your mind, encourage you to prioritise time for yourself, and familiarise yourself to the feeling of being totally relaxed.
– It may be useful to repeat in your mind as you work through the different parts of your body, ‘tense……..and ….relax’. Say the word ‘relax’ slowly to yourself as you let the tension leave that part of your body.
– With practice, you are likely to find that by instructing yourself to ‘relax’ slowly and calmly in a stressful or anxious situation you will effectively be able to instruct your body and mind to do just that.
Changing your Approach
A change in circumstance is a great opportunity to evaluate your approach, and what you would like to do a bit differently. If you continue to work in the same way, in some respects you may as well remain at home; you need to adapt your working style and your expectations to be able to get the most out of this experience.
For many of us, having a location independent lifestyle is about getting more balance in our lives, having a healthy mix of work and varied time off. Just because you may have changed countries, you won’t automatically have changed yourself. So if you are driven by tendencies at home, this is likely to continue while you are away. And that will make it more difficult for you to get the most out of this adventure.
A perfectionist can be someone who may appear incredibly competent and in control, but who will rarely be pleased with what they have achieved, having the sense that they could have done it a bit better, worked a bit harder, pleased others a little more.
Those who strive for perfection are often driven by a fear of being, or being seen to be, a failure. And because perfection is such a difficult standard to reach, the sense of needing to do better may be inevitable.
The standards of a perfectionist are driven by themselves, which makes them particularly hard to meet. Unfortunately, the more we give, the more others expect us to keep on doing so which adds to the pressure to constantly perform to a super high level.
The most useful thing a perfectionist can do in the first instance is recognise that this a behaviour pattern for them, and consider what drives it. They also need to accept that it is not healthy, and that the only way to overcome it is to fight the tendencies, and take a step back. When they learn to relax, say no to requests, only take on what they can manage, set themselves realistic expectations and not make assumptions about the requirements of others, then they may be able to take some of the pressure off themselves. Practice, as they say, makes perfect!
Be honest in your answers to these statements, and record the first thing that comes to mind.
This is most likely to reflect your true beliefs
- Do you set higher standards for yourself than other people might have?
- Are you more driven by a desire to succeed OR a need to avoid criticism?
- What do you say to yourself when things go wrong?
- Do you often feel tense or anxious about tasks?
- Do you often have doubts about yourself and your abilities?
- Do you often feel that you have performed well?
- Do you often think you are not as good as other people may think you are?
- If you under-perform in one area, do you tend to feel you are a failure?
- Do you feel comfortable with the thought that you cannot succeed all of the time?
- How do you define success?
– Choose one.
If you have any other ideas then please do share them!