For mid April to mid July 2018 I’ll be on an incredible trip with my family up the east coast of Australia. But rather than take a break from work and treat it as a holiday I’m planning to maintain most of my existing workload while on the road.
So why not just take a holiday?
The first reason is personal, if I just took a holiday I might be able to take off on such an adventure once every 10 years, but if I can integrate the living bit and the working bit properly there’s the potential to take off on similar adventures every year, or to take off on a holiday that never has to end.
The second reason is commercial, I want to better understand how embracing remote and flexible work impacts on our work and on others around us (both our families and our colleagues). We are already seeing a trend towards these types of work arrangements amongst freelancers and digital nomads and it is only a matter of time until other workers start expecting greater flexibility in how, where and when they work.
For those who are familiar with my work there are a couple of key things that I do. The first is that I’m a professional speaker. This can’t generally be done remotely so along the way I will need to get to an airport, fly to a conference somewhere in Australia or New Zealand, deliver a keynote, and then get back to the van again.
The second is that I run a program called the Digital Champions Club which involves me coaching members on identifying and implementing technology projects as well as running a quarterly face to face workshop. To conduct the coaching I will be setting up an office in my camper van. My clients are used to me coaching them over Skype, so as long as I have a quiet space and can access a decent internet connection I should be able to manage this effectively from just about anywhere.
Finally, I need to be able to maintain my relationships and help manage the members of my team. This requires weekly Skype calls, team meetings and time to contribute to our online channels.
So if this is an experiment then what does success look like? For me, success means that I can travel for three months, have a great time with my family and neither my clients nor my staff will be paying for it. This means I need to be able to give my clients an experience that is as good as (if not better) than what they would get if I was working from my office in Mount Eliza and I can’t expect my team to take on an unfair workload.
As the adventure unfolds I will be capturing what I’ve learnt in a series of blogs and videos so please check in regularly on this page or subscribe on YouTube to get the updates.