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Digital Nomads: Working From An Exotic Place May Not Bring Happiness

September 29, 2015

In this morning’s Guardian,

Peter Moore’s interesting article describes the life of a digital nomad.

“Working on a palm tree-lined beach may sound like bliss, but remote workers can struggle with different time zones and isolation on the job” says Moore

It is an article and well worth reading before jumping on a plane to work by the beach.

While it seems at first glance, that nothing could be better than working while overlooking the ocean; next to the best snowboarding in the world; or in a place of peace and serenity, with the chance to be away from the office; and work at your own pace.

Moore’s article point to the things we don’t think about. The isolation, being cut off from friends, working odd hours to be in touch with whoever pays you.

He quotes Brenna Holeman, author of This Battered Suitcase, “Digital nomadism isn’t as easy as it has been advertised,” she says. “The people I know who live that kind of lifestyle work extremely hard, and on top of that do very strange hours. They have to be online a lot. If you are taking your work with you – say you’re a scuba instructor – then that is one thing. If you’re planning to start from scratch and make your entire living from being a digital nomad, however, then it can be a tough slog. If it works out then great, you’ve got the beach right outside. But it is difficult.”

In some ways happiness experienced by digital nomads may be like vacations, whose positive psychological effects are actually short-lasting.

Happiness in work or on vacation is grounded in:

  • Positive emotions—experiencing happiness, joy, hope, love, gratitude, etc.
  • Engagement—using strengths to meet challenges; a sense of being completely and happily absorbed in what one is doing.
  • Relationships—connecting with others; loving and being loved
  • Meaning and purpose—feeling that life has meaning and connecting to one’s purpose
  • Accomplishment and achievement—accomplishing goals; experiencing success

We find that clients that take these elements of well-being into consideration in making Career Transition find a path that is likely to better fit what they are good at; value highly and love doing.

It is worth taking a second glance before jumping on the plane and hoping for bliss.

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