Updated: May 16
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is unique to each individual and their circumstance. Getting this right or wrong can have a huge impact on our mental health. Danielle and I have worked various jobs in different industries and always felt our work-life balance was a lot more work heavy. Eventually, we put ourselves first and made a change.
While working remotely, and for ourselves, this balance is now more important than ever for us. It can often feel like walking a tightrope trying to make the most of this incredible experience, while all the other things we need to do to make it sustainable. Writing blogs, building a brand, managing social accounts and freelancing can take up a lot of time! Not too much that we don't enjoy every single moment of this incredible journey though. Here are some great tips we've learnt that have helped us manage our day-to-day, as well as maximise our productivity. They are useful tips for anyone working remotely, or from home.
RAINY DAYS ARE STILL GREAT DAYS
Rainy days are great for getting all your admin done, without cutting into your outside time. When on holiday we typically resented any rain, as it cust into a 1-2 week holiday too much. We always wanted every day to be perfect so we could make the most of the time we had. Now we're on the road 100% of the time so a rainy or overcast day is an ideal opportunity for us to put together all the great content we've built up. In South-East Asia you can find the weather takes drastic turns! we've experienced everything from 30minute to week-long tropical downpours. Rather than get bogged down in being unable to do anything, we changed our mindset and saw it as a positive thing. It became an ideal time to work without missing out on the sun or activities.
PLANNING AND PREPARATION ARE KEY
Having all the best intentions in the world can mean very little when not accompanied by clear focus and set objectives. Day 1 seemed perfectly set up for success as we sat there with our laptops open and eyes full of hope, thinking we were crushing this remote work life. At the end of the day we sat and told each other all that we'd accomplished...that was a quick conversation. On day 2 we set clear achievable targets for ourselves and the difference was astounding! If you're struggling to set out targets or find you're not quite hitting them consistently, then remember to try and keep them S.M.A.R.T.
DON'T BE AFRAID TO SWITCH IT UP
Just because you're working it doesn't mean you have to sit in your room to get things done. If you work for yourself or have the ability to work remotely then the world can be your office. All you need is a good wifi signal, and that's something you can typically find almost anywhere! We recently found a pair of lounge beds overlooking the ocean that made an incredible office for the day! If you're concerned these may offer a distraction then you'd be wrong. We found it to motivate us even more because we wanted to do what was necessary to keep this lifestyle permanently. It can be a great way to get the creative juices flowing.
IT'S ALL ABOUT BALANCE
We like to keep why we are here, and what we're doing at the forefront of our minds. Our ultimate goal is to find a sustainable way of travelling long-term, which includes making money as we go. finding an ideal work-life balance is an incredibly important thing for us, and is something we are still learning about. Leaning too far on either side means missing out on something we wanted to do, or not making enough money to keep this life going. Whether you're travelling like us or working a full-time job remotely, it's important to make the most of your situation.
NOT EVERYTHING HAS TO BE FOR INSTAGRAM
This may seem counterintuitive, however, I firmly believe it's important to take a step back and have moments that are purely for you and no one else. As much as Danielle and I love producing content, there are instances where we simply put the phones down and gift ourselves an experience. It doesn't have to be much, and can just mean leaving our phones at home one evening while we go out to eat, but it stops us from feeling like producing content is the only thing we're here for. Sometimes it's important to be able to sit and simply enjoy the moment we are in. The following section contains affiliate links. If you book or buy something through these links, we earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you).
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WHAT HELPS US CREATE CONTENT AND WORK EFFECTIVELY?
As content creators, we have to have certain pieces of equipment with us to help us do our jobs effectively. We need to be mobile to travel easily enough and have everything we need to take great pictures etc. Here is a list of the things we use to work effectively from anywhere in the world.
MacBook Air: We have a Macbook each, as we need to be able to work simultaneously. We recommend the Macbook air 2020 editions onwards as they have everything in the Pro, but are lighter and thinner. Not by much, but every little helps, right?
Sony a6000 DSLR Camera: We've had this for a while and would recommend it to anyone. It's lightweight, you can pick it up to point and shoot, and if you start getting more serious it's easy to buy and attach other lenses.
iPhone: If you don't have enough money for a camera most phones in today's world can still produce amazing photos. Danielle and I use a mixture of phones and cameras when taking our pictures.
Tripod Stand: We got this stand specifically for this trip and wish we'd had it in the past. It's amazing not to have to rely on other people to take photos of the two of us. This comes with a clicker that connects via Bluetooth to your phone so all you have to do is frame your shot, stand in it and snap away. It fits both our phones and camera, it's lightweight and slots right in our day-to-day backpacks.
Canva Pro Subscription - A great product for anyone working in a creative role. Design logos, create Instagram stories and Pinterest content etc. you can do an awful lot with it. The first month is free if you click the link above.
LOOK AFTER YOURSELF
It's simple and sums everything up perfectly. It's not a bad thing to think about yourself, even if it's only every once in a while...something is better than nothing! You don't have to take a leaf out of our book and quit your job, but do things here and there that make you happy.
We hope these tips help! it's certainly a new life for us so it's something we are still finding our feet with. We will make sure to add on any other tips we find out along the way, as I'm sure there are a lot more.