The Digital Nomad
We are now in an era where it is becoming increasingly more popular to try working online. It is the digital nomad generation and our tagline is,”We want our office to be where we want to be that day.” This could be a coffee shop, beach, bus build out, or even the convenience of just being at home. However, we may not have to worry about having to wake up to get ready to go to an office every day; but, we do have to make sure we have a space that allows our creativity to flow freely and uninterrupted.
The “Office” Space
Obviously, the term “office” space is used very loosely in this situation. A digital nomad doesn’t necessarily have an “office” but rather a space set aside for creative working. This could be a certain area of the beach, a blanket, and an internet connection at 9:00 am every morning. It could be the dining table of your van build out that the sun catches just right to give you an ambient and relaxing feeling. The point is to find a place that is designated for our online work. Instead of having managers and team leaders to make sure we are focused, the responsibility has leaned towards us to make sure have a place to focus.
We Work Spaces
We would not be able to have a post about “Office” spaces for the digital nomad without talking about we workspaces. These are designated office buildings that are communal by definition. It is an open space where many individuals not connected by a career together can be in the same area working. This can create a space where new ideas can be created or where we do not have to feel so alone when we are working online. It is a space that can be used for focus and connection with others in this digital world. These spaces are so important because business is not just about deadlines, recruiting, and the bottom line anymore. It is about connecting, mindfulness, and trying to make an impact.
The age-old option of having a dedicated home office is rising in popularity as well. Some of us do our best thinking alone and need time and a dedicated space to do so. The following is a list of five tips on creating an office space at home that you will actually get use out of!
- Of course, a desk is important. But be creative and true to yourself when choosing one. For instance, a normal small desk might work or a short Chinese style table where you can sit cross-legged might be a better option for you.
- Printer! Even though we are not going paperless in this generation, it is still important to have hard copies sometimes! Keep a wireless printer handy with paper and ink and you will be good to go.
- High-speed internet connection. This one is very self-explanatory.
- Motivational Art. This can be whatever art is to your liking that motivates you. Just make sure you are creating an area that gives you a breath of fresh air when you enter it. Not one that takes the determination out of you when you walk in.
- LIGHTING. Natural lighting is the most important on this list. Not only can dull lighting hurt your eyes, it is not good for your health either. There are even lightbulbs that glow so strong it helps with vitamin D intake. Make sure you are not squinting while looking at anything within your home office due to dim lighting.
So now you know why and what you should do to create a dedicated “office” space for your digital nomad business and career. Which will work best for you? Which have you tried? We would love to hear your feedback!