My Remote Year Fail

At the start of 2017 I quit my job and packed my bags ready for a year of adventure. Before I even left Australia, I was asked by a friend if I could help them with a website. Normally, I’d say no. This time I wanted to prove to myself I could live the life of my dreams. Working and traveling around the world.

Learning new things while being in a new places

It’s often difficult to predict what remote work will be like until you actually try it. Once I got to a foreign country my priorities quickly changed. I went into survival mode. I had a hard decision to make. Admit I failed, and go back to my friend. Or keep trying to make it work

Time management

Having the freedom to work from anywhere is great. But it also means you’re going to have to figure out how you work the best, when you work the best, what your energy levels are throughout the day, how you need to recharge, and much more. I had not thought about any of this. I left myself struggling to find a balance between exploring a new place, resting and working.

Knowing when to call it quits

It’s never easy to admit you failed, but rather than continue to try to do everything, without proper planning. It was a hard lesson for me. I made the mistake of taking to much on at once, and I could not see how I was going to make it work. So I had to go back to my friend, and let him know that it wasn’t working and I was not able to make it work. Luckily for me, it was a friend and he was understanding of my situation. This could of caused a lot of issues for me moving forward if I did not handle this properly.

We all have times where we take too much on, and in that you have to know when to say no.

Moving forward

  • Know what the internet connection is like where you are going
  • Stick to a routine
  • Estimate how long you think you will need for a task, and give yourself more time to do it
  • Communicate with your client, boss, or team
  • Make sure you have mulitple places you can work from
  • If you are working for yourself, try out a remote community so you have support when you come into issues
  • Most importantly, take time to figure out what works for you. It could be all or none of this.