I was there, in my tree house watching the sun sizzle on Cabarete, while kite surfers flew over ravishing waves. As I proceeded to save and send the business plan I developed during the last few weeks from my iPad, I saw a Dominican girl bringing me what appeared to be my Caribbean dinner and a cold Presidente beer. I felt great, and my project turned out to be one of the finest works I ever created.
I'm not trying to show off, what I'm trying to do is to make you understand that a vast part of my productiveness is inspired because of the traveling I so much love. Travel breaks my routine enhancing the fuel that keeps me going and helps me find the focus I so much need when developing a new creative project.
My Dominican experience led me to embrace the art of mini-retirements. An art that thought me to redistribute the usual 25 year retirement throughout life, instead of saving it al for the end. If you stop and think about it, it's a win-win way of living. Relocating yourself in another context, though it can be relaxing, is not an easy way out from your daily life, but as Tim Ferris says: “A re-examination of it – the creation of a blank state”.
Embracing mini-retirements I aim to experience the world while re-filling my creativity with new petrol. In fact, rather than "switching off" when I'm abroad, I tend to be even more overwhelmed by new ideas and solutions helped by the sense of adventure and the search for new experiences.
You don't need to travel far, to the other side of the world, sometimes all it takes it to look for a new sanctuary right around the corner. For example, for me, living in Milan, a quick escape to Tuscany to enjoy some mouth-watering wine while reviewing a project remotely does the trick.
Living slower and taking mini-retirements can be possible by anyone thanks to the digital nomadic lives we all can afford.
Each "way out" is a priceless investment, good for your soul, your health and your business. Thanks to modern technology, today we all live in a, sometimes toxic, hyper-connectivity status, so it's up to you understand how to acquire the luxury of a flexible job becoming a digital nomad. The key is to understand the positive results you will achieve in doing so. If you are an employee, ask for a "Test Drive". If someone is hesitant to buy an expensive car, just offer them a test drive and if they aren't satisfied with the vehicle they are free to take it back. Get your foot in the door and say "Le'ts just try it once". Your vastly improved productivity will convert your and your bosses doubts about this radical lifestyle change.
Remove yourself as a gear, and you'll become the machine.