My wife and I just retrurned from a 3 week vacation through Europe. It was probably one of the most renewing trips I’ve ever had. To get away from work for that long is almost next to impossible for most people. We’re both very fortunate to work for companies who were comfortable with us leaving. Getting back is a whole other challenge.
Removing yourself from regular work and regular life for 3 weeks changes your brain. The time difference is one thing. I woke up at 2am the first night back, the 3am, then 4:30am today – my circadian rhythms are almost back in sync with the Twin Cities. But the other change is around what is important.
All the usual things happened on this trip – “when I return I’m going to exercise more, stop eating out so much, work a more regular schedule”, etc. All the self improvement things we think about when we have time. The big topic that I always focus on when away is flexibility. Flexibility to me is being able to do what you want from anywhere you want when you want. 20 years ago the only thing that fit this definition was retirement. I’m only 41 years old and I’m not interested in retiring. I hope I’m not interested in retiring when I’m 61 years old. I’m not smashing rocks for a living, my sore joints won’t stop me from being able to work. I use my brain, fingers and mouth to make a living, the rest of my body is used for transport between thinking and talking engagements (meetings). Assuming my brain stays healthy, I should be able to make a living for a longtime.
So, the question is how does one find or create a job where you can have flexibility to get work done when you want from where you want?