Digital Experiment 2 – Location Independence – Does it Really Work?

Never one to keep life simple, I’m currently running two opposing experiments.

     1.  I’m still trying to wean myself off my intensely digital life and have one digital free day week 
     2.  I’m 4,500 miles away from my usual work place and will continue to manage my business with my clients with my usual efficiency

    Tricky ? Perhaps.  Impossible? Never!

 Radcliffe Camera, Oxford, UK – Nov 2010

Experiment No. 1’s update –   The last two weeks have been a success.  I have had two days off.  Weekends are best and so far no adverse hardships.  The first day off was at home so a bit tough because all my electronic toys beckoned.  I was strong!  I went running, read a book, met up with friends and carved a pumpkin for Hallowe’en.  It wasn’t really a question of strength of character; I think my relationship with all things digital is more habit than anything.

The second day off was also pretty easy.  I went away for the weekend and I went toyless, so no temptation.

Two gold stars then!

Fireworks  – Oxford, UK – Nov 2010
Now for experiment number two.  Geographically I’m generally located in a small, bucolic, English village.  But being a bit of a yoyo (from Britain, raised in Canada, went back to Britain, now back in Canada – are you keeping up here?), I’m a bit farther away from my office than usual.

As I’m self employed it’s essential I stay in contact with my clients so I can manage their projects, respond to their enquires and participate as much as possible in the usual running of things.  Also it’s important that I stay in the loop with local businesses and my other colleagues.  I need to ensure they don’t ever think they can do without me (because they can’t).

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford, UK – Nov 2010
Some of my clients were quite apprehensive about this location independent idea, but as I explained to them (repeatedly), 95% of what I do for them is on a computer and most of our communication is via email – so what’s the difference between 2 miles and a few thousand.

And after 6 days, the answer is – nothing!

Currently my location independent toolkit consists of:

Dropbox
Evernotes
Yahoo Mail
16 GB memory stick
2 X4 GB and 2X1 GB memory cards (for my camera)

For an extra challenge I didn’t bring my laptop as I really, really couldn’t be bothered to carry it.  Idiot, I hear you say.  Nope, in this case it’s not the stupid decision it sounds.  I know where and who I’m staying with on this trip.  There are a lot of computers I can use.  And yes, ones I can trust. Only trick so far is I need to remember to delete my existence once in a while.

If the situation was any different I would have brought the beast.

So now I will have to keep you updated on two experiments.
  1.   To reduce my digital use (dependency?)
  2.   To extend my working environment by increased digital use


I’ll let you know what strategies I come up with!

Later



J

“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.”  
Minot J. Savage

Thought for Remembrance Day – November 11, 2010
 
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