Waking and going to work used to be a chore for me.
Like most people, I once had a job with a regular time to be there by.
It sucked and, having tasted this side of digital nomadism, life doesn’t hold the appeal any more.
I much prefer the way I do things now.
There are many aspects of working online that work well for me, and a slight side benefit is that I no longer have to put up with workplace idiots.
Every job has one, often more than one.
The people who seem to go out of their way to make life as difficult as possible.
On purpose, no less.
It takes a special kind of skill to do that, and as a result I never really got used to ‘office politics’.
I’d always prefer to get the job done and move on from there.
It’s true that the perpetual travelers in the digital nomad scene suffer from the opposite problem after a while, that of lack of meaningful connection, and roots.
The human psyche seems to crave it.
But the flip side of that is, I no longer have to go to work and integrate with those who seem to intentionally cause trouble.
I can mingle with those whose company I enjoy and find interesting or stimulating.
Any time and all the time, it’s a constant thing.
I can’t remember the last time I went out and thought ‘oh I have to work with this guy today’.
For people who work online and who have found a balance where income exceeds outgoings, it’s easy to get a group together and meet up at a coffee shop or co-working space.
It’s a kind of ‘free market’ office where your boss doesn’t pick who you have to work with.
Again, this seems awesome to me on so many levels.
No-one is forced to be there, so there is no friction and, as a result, I seem to have a much better work day than I ever did before.
Imagine picking your own work colleagues!