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WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN TO BE A DIGITAL NOMAD

LILY QUARTON-PARSONS

SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

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Digital Nomad - a buzz word that seems to be at the fore-front of every millennial’s mind, but does it really mean sipping cocktails on a beach and working in coffee shops?

There is no one singular definition for a digital nomad, there are many different types. However, there are a few key things they all have in common;

  1. Frequent change of destination

  2. Often being outside of their home country

  3. Earning a living while working online

In short, a digital nomad is those who work remotely, who instead of working in a regular office prefer to use coffee shops, gardens and artisan cafes. Remote jobs allow a greater level of flexibility, allowing you a greater work/life balance. As a result of this, you are much more likely to focus greater detail onto important projects, rather than being handed banal tasks that assist in the cohesion of your office block.

Working for oneself, travelling the world and meeting interesting like-minded individuals, all while working for yourself? Sounds like a dream…


Albeit this could sound almost too good to be true, there are a number of career paths that align themselves perfectly with the ethos of a digital nomad.

  1. Marketing Specialists

    These individuals are the driving power behind researching market trends on local, regional or national levels. As a result, being in the country you are researching is not paramount, due to the universality of the marketing world. Digital nomad titles could range from being a Social Media Specialist to a Communications Specialist.

  2. Business Analyst

    For the business analyst, a working day focuses around directing strategy through existing data and ultimately presenting the best direction for a business to take to gain growth. Digital nomad titles in this field could include Data Specialist or Project Manager.

  3. Statistician

    These individuals adore the quantitative, and can assist in making sense of data and using this to predict trends. Digital nomads in this career path could be referred to as Data Analysts.

“The remote jobs continues to boom - Millennials consider flexible work arrangements a top priority in overall job satisfaction.”

So, we have your attention. You have the outlined skills, the drive to succeed and an in date passport. What else could you need to succeed as a digital nomad?

Knowing how to use a computer or Mac, and being able to type fast and string together coherent sentences is enough to get you started. Having a productive mentally and an ambitious character is also crucial. Being a digital nomad is not all travel and enjoyment, it involves a lot of hard work and discipline.

But the rewards you will reap from not only broadening your mind through travel, but also through through becoming an independent go-getter will be worth all minor stresses. You have to keep yourself accountable. Being a digital nomad really is a unique life path, one of which is very achievable in our modern times. And now in this digital age, it’s so easy to take this path.

Want a change of career or need help in transitioning to full time nomad? Contact us for business coaching here.

Works Cited

  1. Outside

  2. Webworktravel

  3. image @thenoisetier

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WHY YOU NEED A DIGITAL DETOX

LILY QUARTON-PARSONS

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

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What exactly is a digital detox?
A period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.

We truly live in a digital age. While the influx of technological advancements has proven to assist in connecting the world, it also has disconnected individuals from the world around them. Research completed by Deloitte’s mobile consumer survey highlighted how often the average individual looks at their phone on a daily basis.

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However, this is not going to be a “all technology is evil” Black Mirror style exposé. We simply feel taking a digital detox occasionally will improve both your productivity and mental well-being. Below, we outline the three crucial benefits we feel you will instantly notice after taking a short break from your screens.

  1. Important vs social digital engagements

    You may use your screens for your business, therefore meaning a digital detox would be difficult. However, many of us are often engaged in the trivialities in what your old colleague had for lunch, or what your best friend is doing on their vacation in the Italian countryside. These digital engagements, albeit interesting, are not productive to your work. It is important to distinguish what is urgent and what is escapism. Taking a break away from your device will allow you to gain perspective on what you need to do to succeed in your current endeavours.

  2. In person interaction

    Mentally, meeting in person boosts numerous endorphins in your brain, resulting in a better mood and productivity. The more you are on your phone, the more you set yourself up to develop sleeping problems. A grumpy individual with a night full of broken sleep will simply not be anywhere near as productive as an individual who is fully rested.

    Alongside this, meeting an important client or interviewee in person builds an instant rapport, therefore resulting in better business connections. It is an instant turn-off when you are sat with somebody who is constantly on their phone, it feels disengaged and impersonal. Turn the phone off, and take some time to give whoever you are speaking with the full attention they deserve.

    “It is important to distinguish what is urgent and what is escapism.”

  3. The real and the virtual

    By removing yourself from the digital world, you allow yourself to distinguish what is real and what is virtual, two states which are constantly blurring into one. We understand your technology may be crucial to you and your work, so why not try with just half an hour everyday? Take time to breathe, or read a chapter of that book you have been meaning to start. Taking time away to disconnect will reconnect you to your goals.

  4. Rest your brain (and your self-esteem)

    Extreme and frequent usage of technology is guaranteed to give you adverse health effects. These can range from eye strain to sleeping problems to even your self-esteem. Remember, what is shown online is selective. If you were to get ready for an important event, you would not wear your comfy loungewear, but instead opt for your most prestigious outfit. Online life is exactly the same. Online presentation of the self is curated in a similar manner to our physical presentation. Therefore, what is seen is not a true depiction. Do not compare yourself to individuals who seem to have it all figured out. Taking time away from false images will allow you to realise you are on the right track to success.

It is imperative to learn how to moderate your technology use, yes it is useful to your life but it is not intrinsic to your existence. Don’t be nervous to take time out for yourself, after all, you are the most important person on the road to self success.

For further reading, we recommend reading “OFF” by Tanya Goodin or “Hyperreality and Simulacrum” by Jean Baudrillard.

Works Cited

  1. Newport Academy

  2. Forbes

  3. Dave Asprey

  4. image @jimsandkittys

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