Ali Greene has shared her remote working experience with us.
Co-Founder // Co- Author of Remote Works Book and Workshops
I am currently co-authoring a book on remote work for the everyday manager. I was a Digital Nomad for over four years and decided to move to Spain during the pandemic as travel restrictions was making that lifestyle more challenging.
I am originally from a suburb outside of Detroit, MI, and have always had nomadic tendencies, unintentionally. I lived in eight cities in three different countries before I even knew what being a Digital Nomad was all about.
Some of my early wanderlust occurred while growing up, but as an adult, the amount of time and money I spent buying IKEA furniture only to sell it a year later and repeating the process in a new place, was probably an early warning sign to leave the conventional idea of a home behind. To make this lifestyle work for me long-term, I was able after some time consulting, find a fully remote full-time job: Director of People Operations at DuckDuckGo.
Not only did the mission speak to me, but after learning that the company was “remote first,” and that my co-workers lived all around the world, I knew this was a special opportunity. I worked there for just over four years before launching my own remote business.
I always believed work should be about what you can do, not how many hours you sit behind a desk.
The benefits of working remotely are vast:
No. If you are doing remote right you are only offering freedom, flexibility and choice to each and every team-member. Things we hear about like lack of culture, miscommunication, and isolation can easily be defeated by an intentional approach to remote work strategy that leaders can implement in their business.
Too many cities and countries to name. I think I have been to over 40 countries at this point. My favorites are Javea, Spain and Mexico City.
Coffee shops and anywhere with a good view and friends for coffee breaks! Home for video calls and presentations.
I would love to go to some off the beaten path places like the Faroe Islands, or smaller towns and rural communities looking to build an international remote work community. This summer I am co-organizing a retreat in a spot like that in Normandy, France.
My favorite productivity "hack" is One Spot, One Goal: https://ali-greene.medium.com/one-spot-one-goal-my-remote-productivity-hack-58ef09715aa9
Self-awareness is everything! There are many drawbacks to choosing this as an alternative way of working and living. To be successful, you have to know yourself to know if remote work is for you.
If you can’t answer or at least haven’t yet asked yourself some of those questions, maybe you need to spend time on self-exploration before packing your bags and exploring the world!
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