Embracing the Remote Life: Lessons Learned from Six Weeks of Living in a New Environment

In the wake of Covid, many of us have explored remote work setups. For some, this shift might have seemed daunting at first, but for others, it presented an opportunity for growth, exploration, and introspection.

As I think about my own experience of living remotely for six weeks, I realize the impact it has had on my work-life integration, my perspective on change, and my ability to adapt to new social environments. Here are some valuable lessons I’ve learned along the way:

  1. Seamless Integration of Work and Personal Life: One of the most striking revelations from living remotely was the seamless integration of my work and personal life. Without the rigid boundaries of a traditional office space, I found myself effortlessly transitioning between tasks and leisure activities. This newfound flexibility allowed me to strike a better balance between professional commitments and personal pursuits, ultimately enhancing my overall well-being.
  2. Change of Scenery Sparks Creativity: The change of scenery that came with living remotely proved to be a catalyst for creativity. Whether it was the picturesque landscapes outside my window or the vibrant energy of a new city, each day brought with it a fresh perspective and a renewed sense of inspiration. I discovered that exposing myself to new environments was essential for stimulating my creativity and expanding my horizons.
  3. Glimpses into a New Environment Foster Growth: Living remotely afforded me the opportunity to immerse myself in a new environment, providing glimpses into a different way of life. From exploring local “hot spots” to engaging with the community, every interaction offered new and valuable insights and perspectives. These experiences fueled my sense of curiosity and adventure.
  4. Making New Connections and Friends: One of the highlights of living remotely was the opportunity to make new connections and friends. Whether it was striking up a conversation with a fellow remote worker at a coffee shop or building new relationships after work at a local bar, I found that stepping out of my comfort zone opened doors to meaningful relationships. These newfound connections not only enriched my social life but also provided valuable support and camaraderie.
  5. Learning to Adapt to New Social Norms: Lastly, living remotely taught me the importance of adapting to new social norms and customs. Whether it was navigating “local etiquette”, I learned to approach each interaction with an open mind and a willingness to learn. Embracing diversity and embracing new social rules not only enriched my personal experiences but also fostered greater empathy and understanding.

Living remotely for six weeks has been filled with valuable lessons and insights, and my pleasure with the experience prompted me to commit to another 6 weeks next year. In-between, I’ll do a lot of travel, but I won’t be anchored in one spot living my life as as “resident” and not a visitor, and that makes all the difference in the world.