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How To Stay Productive While Traveling

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Mojito on the beach with Gmail open on the computer screen. If we believed everything we saw on Instagram, that’s what it would look like when you’re someone who works and travels at the same time. If you’re actually one of those people, you know that the reality looks a bit different.

Whether you have a home base and travel occasionally or you’re a full-time digital nomad who is always on the road, the reality is… work still has to get done. Being productive in different places can sometimes be harder than what it seems but we’re here to share some more tips on how to do so.

The Colivers in our community are some of the smartest people we know with such a wide range of experience so we decided to go to the source. We asked them how do they aim to stay productive while working remotely or on the road and this is what they had to say!

“Get Serious About Your Workspace”

Rachel says… Get serious about your workspace–spend some time finding a good place to work that is comfortable and meets all or most of your needs and then keep going back. Knowing what you are going to do and where you are going to do it gives some structure to the workday.

 

“Dress Up”

Chelsea’s advice: When I’m working remotely and don’t have to go into an office I’m more productive when I dress up, versus staying in my pajamas, even if I’m not going anywhere. Then when I’m finished with my tasks, I reward myself by just walking around the town I’m in – since I’m already dressed ;).

“Get Inspired”

Ann Kathrin says; For me, as an illustrator and graphic designer, it really helps me to be productive to get inspired by the local art and culture scene. Whether it’s a trip to a museum during the day, a visit to a theater or just sitting in a cafe and watch the everyday life around me.

 

“Plan Your Week”

 

Alex believes that you need to… plan your week so that it’s always clear what you’ve got to do next. It makes the distractions less tempting.

 

 

“Exercise Between Tasks”

 

Ella says; Go out for a walk or run in between tasks. It helps me to clear my head and focus more when I get back to my work. And it’s great to get some sun and see the surroundings while you’re at it.

 

 

 

“Make Location Work For You”

Ali says; My favorite productivity travel hack is to use the location freedom to help me focus. I choose a project to complete at each location whether it be a coffee shop, or even one desk versus the sofa in a co-working space. Once the project is complete (or a few tasks if they are smaller) I change locations. The new surroundings help me refocus and the time it takes to get up and walk around helps me get some fresh air and re-charge. 

 

Hopefully these tips will give you a good starting point for things you can do to stay productive while on the road! Of course, productivity doesn’t always mean being in front of your computer for 8 hours a day. In our eyes, when you’re truly productive, that’s the key to #worksmarterlivebetter.

 

Mastering Remote Work: 3 Ways To Improve Team Culture

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Being a full-time remote worker definitely has its benefits but if we’re being honest… sometimes it can be hard to navigate the world of remote work 24/7. If you’re used to office environments and coffee banter, sometimes it can be an isolating experience but it doesn’t have to be that way.

With the future of work inevitably leading to more companies having remote employees and more people being brought on to teams so they can work from anywhere in the world… it’s vital to have the right tactics in place both as an employee and an employer.

There are some companies who do remote work really well and one of those is Hanno, a business that focuses on helping organizations build and launch life-changing products. The team is 100% remote and does all of their collaborations online, even with their clients. We had the pleasure of connecting with Laila, the Remote Work Mentor of the Hanno team to teach the Sun and Co. community about Remote Team Culture and now we’re going to share some of the takeaways with you!

Keep Your Systems Effective

One of the biggest hardships of being on a fully remote team can be systems and organizations. We asked Laila how do they keep their systems effective both within their team and with their clients as well.

In their company, they have “playbooks” which are perfect both when onboarding new team members as well as frequenting them in their day-to-day work situations. When you have guidelines within a team it not only helps you figure out how you do your work internally but it also helps your clients understand how you work as a remote business… just in case they need some clarity or have never worked with a brand remotely before.

Keeping systems effective also means that team communication is transparent on all fronts. They use something called Everyday PPP which stands for Plan, Progress and Process. It allows for everyone to be able to check in with one another and be able to keep everyone on the team accountable.

 

Connect On A Deeper Level

Sometimes when working remotely, it can be a bit difficult to connect with your coworkers on a deeper level outside of the meetings and daily tasks that you have ahead.

Some different ways to combat that and connect on a deeper level as a team?

Implementing things like check-ins before your meeting. It helps you all open up about how you’re feeling and get to know what’s going on with your teammates outside of work.

Another way to connect with teammates is having activities like “Friday Beer or Coffee” to be informal. Hanno hosts this weekly so that there is time within their team for informal chatting and connecting on a different level.

 

Know What Tools You Need

What is so impressive about the Hanno team is that although their business focuses on creating and implementing new projects and services for their clients, they are truly thought-leaders when it comes to remote work culture and efficiency.

They don’t just help their clients learn how to work remotely and be more efficient but they also help thousands of other people in the world learn how to implement better remote work practices via various online resources.

What tools could be useful to you and your team?

Here are some things you probably haven’t heard of before when it comes to thinking about what your team needs and what you can use to help with productivity and collaboration working remotely.

Remote Starter Kit: The Hanno overview of all the tools that you need to help your team collaborate better and be happier.

Oskar: The tool you never knew you needed. A bot that helps track your team’s happiness via Slack!

Donut: A site that helps you build amazing company culture online.

Reinventing Organizations: Laila recommends reading this book when you’re thinking about your own company culture and how to work better as a team and a new way of rethinking how an organization works and operates on a daily basis.

Do you work or lead a remote team? What tools and practices do you use to keep everyone organized, efficient and happy? Let us know in the comments! 

Is Coliving The Solution To Professional Growth?

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What do professional growth, clarity and coliving have to do with one another?

Let’s take a moment and think about why people long for vacation or “workation” in modern day terms. Why do we look to explore new places and have a change of scenery? More often than not, we escape to find clarity and gain a new understanding of how we see the world and our place in it.

So what does all of this have to do with coliving?

Over the years, we’ve found that many people join us at Sun and Co. when they are in search for a sense of clarity or change in their lives.

Transitioning to new business fields.

Looking for new job opportunities.

Working on side projects in hopes to make them full-time projects.

The list goes on but we’ve heard over and over again from Colivers that once they leave Sun and Co., they have a sense of clarity that wasn’t there before. Coliving is something that is on the rise yet still isn’t explored by many but there is a power that comes from the kind of experiences that we have here that lead people to grow for the better; both personally and professionally.

Time to dive into three ways that living and learning with others in paradise won’t just give you a sense of overall clarity but will also lead to professional growth.

Learn From The Expertise Of Others

It’s true that we are all brilliant in our own ways and most of us have a lot of experience under our belt in our specific fields. Although we’re skilled at what we do, we might not necessarily have to time or opportunity to dedicate energy to learning about things that we think don’t directly affect how we see success.

One of the most impactful things that happen on a weekly basis at Sun and Co. is skillshares. At the beginning of each week, we share what everyone in the house wants to learn and who can provide meaningful content on those topics. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from others and then apply it to your own situation and professional experience. With a wide range of topics like Facebook ad funnels, email marketing, blogging, SEO and even things like risk-taking probabilities… you’re constantly able to get out of your professional comfort zone and learn from those who specialize in different topics.

 

Meet Your New Business Partner 

When most people think about professional networking, they envision swanky lunches or meeting people at conferences but you rarely think about your new business partner or colleague being someone you wake up and have breakfast with for two weeks. That’s the beauty about coliving, you’re not just sharing a workspace where you go in and out at the end of each day, but you’re also living together and getting to know one another on a deeper level.

Time and time again, we see people who have met at Sun and Co. later end up hiring each other, freelancing for another coliver’s companies and even leading joint ventures together.

When you’re able to get to know someone on a personal level and you value their professional worth, you can skip the resume and boring interview process and get right to the good stuff when it comes to working together or hiring someone new because you were able to connect on a deeper level from Day One.

 

Stay Inspired By Your Surroundings

The beauty of being based in a place like Javea is that you’re constantly surrounded by inspiration. Yes, the surroundings are beautifully inspiring with the beach and mountains just a short walk away but there is also endless inspiration in the house itself.

People like beautifully designed places, that’s why we’re all willing to pay 7€ for a coffee if it means spending a few hours working in a breathtaking cafe. That’s what we had in mind when renovating this 19th-century house. An inspiring space.

Tall glass windows. Open workspace. Closed office spaces. Tons of natural light. Outdoor patios. And plants… lots of plants.

Of course, with sleek architecture and a minimalist, homey vibe, it’s easy to be productive and get the meaningful work done when you’re surrounded by where you’re living and working.

So, it’s time to think about if you’re ready to take the next step in your life and career. Are you ready to be in a new environment, connect with other like-minded people and spend your days inspired by where you are and what you’re doing?

If so, we’re here to welcome you with open arms!

3 Unconventional Ways To Find Remote Work

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Succeeding as a remote worker is something that is more attainable than most people think. Whether you’ve been on the scene for a while or you’re looking to transition from your 9 to 5 office job, not to worry, securing remote work in your field is getting easier by the day.

When you’re able to find work that doesn’t tie you down to a specific location or area, it creates a world of endless benefits; not only does it allow you to be location independent (meaning you can live anywhere in the world) but it also fosters productivity, allows you to create your own schedule and more often than not… comes with an increased sense of happiness and fulfillment.

We’re moving away from a time where developers and coders are the only people who are able to work remotely. Now, there is an endless number of job opportunities in various fields that allow almost anyone to be able to secure a remote gig but the biggest challenge for many is figuring out how to find a remote job.

Luckily for you, we’re going to share some inside knowledge on 3 of our favorite ways to find remote work.

 

Targeted Websites

The easiest route to finding remote job opportunities would be a simple Google search, but it can be really difficult to sift through everything that there is out there. It’s important to find promotions that you can trust and with a bit more clarity on what they have to offer. That’s why we love websites like Workew that allow you to post your resume and get free daily job alerts for a variety of professions. Websites like these are the best way to have filtered opportunities delivered right to your inbox from remote companies like Spotify, Remote Year, and more. With over 150 companies, it’s easy to find something that’s the right fit for you.

Word Of Mouth

Another great, yet often underutilized way to gain new job opportunities is by word of mouth and networking in different groups. When you’re vocal about the work you do and the services that you offer, it allows people to keep you top of mind when it comes to new job opportunities and offers that they know of.

According to a Nielsen report, 92% of people trust recommendations that they hear from friends and family over other sources of marketing and they’d be more apt to hire someone that is a “friend of a friend”. When you’re consistently sharing your work, availability and openness to remote job opportunities, it can open up a new world of professional opportunities.

Facebook Groups

Facebook might be the least conventional way to find remote work but it works just the same. Most people hone in on LinkedIn when thinking about social networks to find work opportunities but with the rise of Facebook groups that focus on remote work and the digital nomad lifestyle; you’re able to find ample opportunities and conversations regards job opportunities or new freelance positions within various companies.

Staying tuned into various conversations in Facebook groups might allow for you to encounter job offers for remote work, especially if the groups you’re participating in have a focus of remote work, travel and location independence.

What unconventional tips or tricks do you have for finding new job opportunities that allow you to work smarter and live better from anywhere in the world?

3 Ways To Avoid Burnout As An Entrepreneur

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When it comes to entrepreneurship, being a remote worker or even managing your own schedule, the topic of stress is inevitable. Many people idolize moguls who are always working harder or continuously “hustling” but that often comes with a price. As society becomes a bit more transparent about what goes on behind the scenes, there are constant stories of burnout and breakdown when people try to do it all, all of the time.

In the Inc. article on The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship, Jessica Bruder speaks on how many entrepreneurs often deal with anxiety and intense stress while failing to take into account the importance of self-care. While this may ring true for many, there are also those out there with an increasing focus on avoiding burnout all together and managing stress levels.

It’s easy to always be “on” while caught up in our professional lives, forgetting the importance of our personal health. While productivity and growth as a self-starter are highly valued, we’re going to share some tips on how to do less and give more without burning out in the process.

Let’s Talk About Avoiding Burnout

Remember To Move

It’s easy to create the excuse that we don’t have time to work out or be active because we have too much to do. But, did you know that exercise is considered vital for mental fitness as well as reducing stress? It doesn’t just help with our physicality, but it also allows for us to be more alert, concentrated and it also reduces fatigue.  

Moving doesn’t need to be confined to the treadmill or a CrossFit class, but being able to take hikes in the mountains, take a bike ride or simply going for a walk can help our mental and physical states.

 

Don’t Be Afraid To Delegate

When you’re running your own business or schedule, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and like your to-do list is neverending. While this might be true, it’s important to remember that you can’t do everything, all of the time. When you invest in delegating tasks to other people on your team, freelancers or remote workers; it allows for you to take time and energy to focus on what actually matters to move forward.

 

Take a Workation

While the thought of taking an “actual vacation” is something that seems unattainable for people running their own businesses or working remotely, the benefits of exploring a new place are endless. Taking a workation is a happy medium when you’re able to escape to focus on a big project while also being able to enjoy new surroundings.

We find that many people who come to Sun and Co. look to do just that. They are longing for a sense of escape while still having a desire to make meaningful progress in their business or an upcoming project. When you’re able to change where you are, it allows for a sense of inspiration and the perfect solution to avoid feeling as if you’re burning out.

 

These are just a few ways to try to avoid burnout as an entrepreneur, remote worker or someone who manages their own schedule.

What practices do you have in play to avoid burnout on a daily basis?

How To Tell That You’re Ready To Be Location Independent

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Let’s take a second to start with the basics.

What does it actually mean to be location independent?

It’s a term that has been moving around for a few years as we notice work dynamics changing and more people being able to escape the traditional office culture, being location independent is more and more common.

With people being able to earn a living from anywhere in the world, as long as they have internet access and a laptop, it allows for endless possibilities. Location independence doesn’t mean that you have to be moving from country to country every month, but it does mean that you have a sense of freedom and choice in where you call “home.”

As this movement is on the rise, many people are trying to decide if being location independent is the right fit for them. Here are three ways to know that you’re ready to start the journey.

You Care More About Experiences Than Material Things

We’ve been noticing a trend that more and more, people are focusing less on what they own and more on what experiences they’re having. While some of our society focuses on having a fancy car, big house and all of the latest technology, there are many people out there who would rather invest their money and energy into having unforgettable experiences.

People who are willing to be location independent are open and willing to live with less stuff and get rid of the unnecessary to live a more mobile lifestyle. So whether it’s moving to a new country for a year or backpacking through South America for three months, the time and devotion is shifted towards dedicating their money to travel and new experiences versus having more material objects.

 

You’re Willing To Be Patient With The Process

For most people, becoming 100% location independent is a process that often takes time getting used to. Of course, there are some hardships like leaving friends, family and your comfort zone behind but there are also endless benefits. If you’re willing to be patient with your process towards being able to live and work from wherever you want, then it might be the perfect next step for you.

It takes time to try out different things and places to see where the perfect fit is but when you have the right systems in place, you’ll be able to handle your new lifestyle with ease.

 

You Want To Live A Life That You’re Proud Of

This might be one of the most important ways to know that you’re ready to be location independent. Some people might strive to be location independent so that they can be like the people always sharing the perfect shot of a drink on the beach with their laptop but it’s more than that. Being location independent means that you’re able to create a life with a sense of freedom that you’re proud of. It means that you’re able to focus on the things that bring you joy and you’re willing to learn a lot about yourself in the process.

 

Have you ever thought about being location independent? We’d love to hear from you!

How To Create Meaningful Relationships While On The Road

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We’ve all heard the saying that we’re the average of the 5 people that we spend the most time with. That saying holds a lot of weight as that the people that we surround ourselves with has an effect on the actions we’re willing to take, our confidence and what we believe we’re willing to accomplish.

When you’re constantly on the road or moving from place to place, sometimes it might be hard to find or foster meaningful relationships with others. Most of the time we have surface level interactions before moving on to our next destination but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Taking the time to create meaningful relationships while on the road is vital. We’ve gotten to experience firsthand the way that deep relationships not only help people feel as if they have a great sense of community, but it also leads to success.

When you’re a part of a Coliving community, you really learn the impact that creating meaningful relationships in a short period of time can bring and we’re going to dive into three ways to do just that.

Get To Know People Outside of Just What They Do

Being able to ask someone about their profession and latest project that they’re working on is easy but it can create a feeling that you’re only interested in connecting on a professional level instead of actually getting to know who they are as a person. Normally, when we’re getting to know many people in a short amount of time, the most common topics that come up are where they’re from and what they do… and then if there are any similarities, the conversation continues.

But imagine what it would look like if instead, you were able to cut the small talk and dive right into what really matters. When you get to know the things that people truly value and what they believe in, it creates a much stronger bond than what you can find on their LinkedIn profile.

When you share a house with other people, you find that it isn’t just working and collaborating together on a professional level but also finding yourself in situations like cooking together or sharing a beer in the evening that opens doors for a real connection.

 

Remember The Importance Community Over Competition 

We live in a time where it feels like there are so many businesses and ideas out there and the competition is tough. But, instead of feeling as if everyone you meet is competition, instead think of them as your professional community because we can go so much further together than if we were on our own.

We’ve seen people come together and leave Sun and Co. with new business partners, professional accountability partners and even hiring one another to help with growth. You want to work with people that you really connect with so being able to ignite a meaningful relationship doesn’t just mean that you might make a new friend, but it can also help lead to success. When we’re open to supporting one another both personally and professionally, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

 

Be Vulnerable

Vulnerability is a touchy topic. Often times, we need to know someone for a long amount of time to open up and truly be vulnerable with them but when that happens towards the beginning of a new relationship or friendship, it’s invaluable. One of the most powerful moments that we’ve had is when we hosted a “Lessons and Learnings” bonfire where for four hours, people who were “strangers” earlier that day, opened up in a way you couldn’t imagine. An immediate sense of community was shared as we all spoke about the hardships that they’ve gone through in life and the lessons that they’ve learned from it. Seeing people from all over the world with different backgrounds and experiences share moments like that, broke down all barriers. When you open up about who you are and your true journey, not just the highlights on social media, it allows for a much deeper sense of connection that you can ever imagine.

These are just three ways to make sure that you’re fostering meaningful relationships while on the road but we’d love to hear more about how you do it. Feel free to email us letting us know what you think and if you’re ready to find meaningful relationships here at Sun and Co., our house is always open to you!

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