You expect that you’ll need time to readjust and develop new routines when you make a big move. Did you know the same thing happens when you make tiny changes as well?
Recently I moved my home office from one room in my house to another. Since then, my productivity has dropped — a lot.
It never occurred to me that something as simple as moving my workspace within my house could throw me off to this extent.
What’s Your Plan?
If you’re developing a portable career now, as a future expat, you need to plan for how you’ll get your work done in the weeks and months after your move. And that planning is difficult because there will be so many unknowns.
The ideal solution is to buy yourself some breathing room by having work completed ahead of time. This takes the pressure off and gives you time to find your balance in your new location.
It’s also a really good habit to develop even if you’re not moving overseas!
For example, before my trip to Panama this spring, I had gotten into the habit of writing articles for this site in advance. I had five or six ready at any given time. If I wanted to sit down and write something time sensitive to publish right away, I could, but I didn’t have to.
This took a lot of pressure off and gave me time to plan my topics and strike a good balance in subjects.
After my trip, though, I got sick and it took a couple of weeks before I was back up to speed. There went my carefully prepared backlog of articles.
Ideally, before I move, I’ll prepare at least two months’ worth of articles. This will give me more time to take care of the business of moving — and that always takes more time than we expect. It will also give me more time to settle in and have some fun in my new home instead of having to put my nose to the grindstone full time.
I don’t have any other answers for this dilemma — maybe after I’ve moved I’ll revisit the subject with some additional wisdom.
But it’s something I wanted to bring to your attention now. Part of creating a portable career is figuring out how to pace the work so you can stay productive. And that’s a lot harder on the heels of a move — even a tiny one.
If you already have a portable career, how do you get your work done in the midst of change? Let us know in the comments below.