6 Secrets to Being Productive When Travelling

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Ever feel like you missed a day or even a weekend? Hell, I’m just back from literally the other side of the world and I just missed 6 weeks! Here I explain 6 secrets I learnt during this time that can help you become more effective next time you travel (hint: elephant riding through the jungle does not bring you new clients)

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Productivity Secrets

Hi! Howard from StartupRemarkable.com here.

Today I’m going to share with you 6 Secrets to keeping very productive while you’re away travelling especially for long periods of time. How do I know? Well I’m just back from 6 weeks travelling across the world. Quite literally. From starting off in Australia doing a road trip from a campervan across the desert to Malaysia in Asia and also up to jungles of Northern Thailand, over to Ireland for a whirlwind weekend and then over here to London which I’ve just move in to a new house which is really exciting.

But during those 6 weeks, I learned a lot about what it’s like [to keep] trying to keep a really [really] productive with your business because when I go on holidays [I] as much as I love the experiences I’m there I also want to keep my businesses momentum going so I can reach all my goals and my targets that I’ve set myself. And after 6 weeks of being away I’m putting my hands up and saying, “I failed, failed miserably.” All the plans I had in place for keeping my businesses really [really] pushed down to be at least productive while I was leaving in Australia. They just didn’t work out for one reason or another. I’m going to share those with you. So hopefully you can put the plans in place.

If you’re going away for any period of time really, anything over 3 or 4 days. If you are away for a week or a month or 6 months. That you can put these plans in place so same thing won’t happen to you and you’d be able to keep very [very] productive.

So what are these 6 secrets? Okay. Well the first one is Systems. Now, systems this really is the holy grail of being able to leave your business, go on holidays and for it to remain really [really] productive and earning money for you. Now I thought I had great systems in place. All these systems, I had my week’s plans that I give to my VA’s in Philippines and they’d manage. But, it’s not until you’re not actually looking over the progress that’s made everyday and you’re not actually there to manage it that you realize where the holes on those systems are. So I’d really recommend expanding a good better time making sure that your systems are as water tight as possible and believe me it’ll [you know] probably take a few attempts but ones you get those systems in place you’ll be [you really will be] a step away from your business and relax a lot more. Now if you’re a little unclear of what I’m talking about with systems I’d recommend reading the bible of businesses’ books which is the E-Myth by Michael Gerber. Just a quick read no matter what kind of business you’re in. It really gives you a new perspective on what a business should work like. So that’s the first one, Systems.

The second one is, Be Prepared. Now I had heard from Chris Guillebeau – I read one of his books, and he recommended before you launch a blog have at least 30 days worth of content just ready setting there for on the occasion that you don’t have time or you’re not able to post to your blog. Now, I was in such a hurry to [Laugh] launch StartupRemarkable.com. I was like. “I don’t have time for that I’ll try and build up a bit of a database of a couple of post and stuff as I go along.” But I didn’t have time to do it before I went away. And boy, I wish I did. Because you just don’t know what’s gonna come up while you’re away. You may have plans; I have plans to write blog content every single day on my laptop while I was travelling across the Australian outback. But then when I was there [you know] there was no electricity for my laptop. I couldn’t power it and I was hours from any plug point and so it’s just not possible. So definitely [definitely] be prepared whatever. Have a look forward and the very least what you will need to do while you’re away and have that stuff already wherever you go. And then at least at the very end you won’t be disappointed with the commitments that you’re not able to keep. That’s the second one.

Then the third one which really _____ nicely into it is Expect the Unexpected. This is really from a productivity point of view I suppose. Again, I’ll use the example of being in the Australian Outback. Beautiful and this campervan but wanting to do some work and not having a laptop or the ability to connect to the internet or even just type up a word document. So I definitely also recommend expect the unexpected.

Another example was I made some videos while I was away and I wanted to upload them into my blog and while I was in Thailand and just the upload speeds were the only internet connection was the equivalent of a dial up connection. And for me to upload the video which is gonna take [I think] close to a day of upload speed. So just expect the worst with the technology and any kind of internet connection while you’re away and hopefully you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Okay.

Now, the fourth one is to Be Realistic. I, probably in _____, set myself too much ambitious goals while I was away. I wanted to [you know] keep developing new business while I was away and I wanted to make sure that I kept them top of all my clients for my Web Design and Internet Businesses clients. Which is really I was able to do the bare minimum but I don’t think it was quite realistic enough with what I was able to achieve while I was still out having a great time; Most of your time while you’re travelling you’re gonna be experiencing new things and seeing new places and you just got to factor in for that be realistic that maybe your productivity won’t be as high. Maybe I was a bit naive on that regard but I definitely thought that I’d be able to keep really really uber productive and [you know] when you set yourself expectations and don’t meet them it just ends up with disappointments so set realistic expectations.

Now, the fifth one is, Do Your Research. When you’re going to this places wherever you’re going maybe Thailand, Australia or anywhere at all any place you go. Do some research before you go specifically in who else is leaving there in your field. Because it’s a great thing if you’re from out of town and maybe there’s another blogger or just a specific entrepreneur that lives in that particular town that you’re visiting town or city and If you’re saying that you’re just gonna be there for a day or two and you want to hook up for a coffee it’s great because the person knows that you’re just in town and they like [always nice] they’d always like to make you feel hospitable and welcome. Now I had a great experience with that when I was travelling across Australia. I was in Sydney for 1 night and I connected with a great guy called Richard who I have an interview here in the blog about. It was a great opportunity to do to definitely take advantage of it you can make some really really great connections. So that’s the fifth.

And then the sixth is one of the most important as well it’s just to relax and slow down and allow the inspiration that will come wherever you are whether be in Thailand and you’re elephant riding through the jungle or you’re doing a Thai boxing camp. You’ll get great inspiration for your business. And it’s well well worth it. So just allow that. Don’t expect while you’re there to be working all the time and just switch off and allow the inspiration to come.

So hope that helps anyway wherever you’re going have a great time and if you have any other tips on keeping really productive while you’re away, please add them. I’d love to hear them add them as a comment in the bottom of this blog and hopefully [we can] next time I’m away, which I’m gonna be experimenting later on this year. I’m gonna head away for a couple of more weeks as well and see have I improved in keeping my business productive while I’m away. Lovely chatting with you and this is Howard from StartupRemarkable.com and chat to you soon.


A Startup & Lifestyle Design Guide to Australia


Kangaroos, BBQ’s and lots of sunshine! Interested in taking a trip Down Under to startup a business of experiment with some Lifestyle Design? I did it – and I’ll share with you what it’s like right here.

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A Startup & Lifestyle Design Guide to Australia

This is Howard here from startupremarkable.com.

Are you thinking of coming to Australia for maybe some lifestyle design or just to get away from wherever you are at the moment? Well, myself and my girlfriend did it about six month ago and we’re leaving tomorrow. And it has been an awesome time. So I’m just going to run through some things I’ve learned that hopefully it can help you choose, make the right decision if you’re gonna come over here.

So, I suppose this guide is more for you, if you’re coming over here to either start a new business or if you’re already self-employed whether on the internet or whatever. It’s not really a guide if you want to come over here to work. I might just touching that very briefly as we got some experience from that as well.

So the good thing about being here in Australia, first of all, just some really obvious ones you may know already. First of all, everyone speaks English. That’s obviously a good thing that means you can meet friends very easily. You can work with people very very easily and the thing I like about that is you don’t really live in an x-pat community. You can easily go in to any place of the country and you can mix with everybody. So, obviously, you know that’s a great thing.

The next great thing is the weather, as you can see today, it’s [I don't know], 30 odd degrees. Where we lived was a city in South Australia and it is the hottest city in the hottest state in the hottest continent in the world, which is obviously awesome. So I think you get as hot as 42 degrees or that also equates to [I think] 107 degrees. So, if you want to live by the beach and have a nice, hot lifestyle, it’s an awesome place to come to. Sometimes it gets nearly too hot. So, that’s a warning so you’ve got it all here.

And also, the economy is rocking, I don’t maybe where you’re watching this from but a lot of parts of Europe and a lot of parts from US, you know they have some though times it’ll be hard to get business depending on whatever kind of business model you use for your business. Over here, times are good and you can really tell everyone is out drinking coffee, eating in restaurants and for my perspective, I came in and started up a kind of a digital marketing consultancy and there’s a lot of business to be have over here. I must say, if I stayed here longer, I’d be really really confident I’d be out to grow that really fast. [Cause, I would say not] It’s probably a country that is under developed from a digital marketing point view, not that many businesses have websites etc., but they all have a lot of money to burn at the moment. So, from that perspective, awesome, if that’s your type of business model I’d say you know this great opportunity over here.

And, then just lastly, really, the other great thing just for experience point of view [experiences I should say] everything you want is here, you know. My girlfriend and I were living in the beach down in safe Australia. Absolutely awesome, you can learn to surf there. You just hop on a plane and for a few dollars you can fly up to the Great Barrier Reef and go scuba diving, one of the best places in the world. You can hop on the current and dive on the outback. Really, it’s from an experience point of view, everything you need here. So [you know] from that perspective it’s absolutely awesome.

Now, just a few things I would say, highlight, for you to really consider from a, I would never really say negative point of view, just so you’re aware of them. The big thing that really shocked us when we got here was how expensive everything is. We didn’t really cater for that, we kinda thought [we did a bit of research, of course we did] but we didn’t really factor in how expensive it was gonna be. And the major reason being that the Australian dollar is an all time high at the moment. This is currently early 2011 and since we got here, it’s been like that. So, if you’re earning money in dollars, whether it would be US dollar or pounds in England or wherever. And you’re bringing money over here, you’re gonna find you don’t get a big bank here at the moment. And just to give you an example of some prices, we are paying here in Sydney, we are paying $300 a week for a pretty basic apartment. It does get better depending on where you live. We moved down to South Australia, a place called Adelaide, and I found a lovely place on the beach, it was a hundred and $50 a week. So, that can give you a perspective.

So I would just say that the different cities there’s are a big difference in the prices in it. Sydney being the more expensive, of course Melbourne expensive, Adelaide is pretty cheap, we lived there for 5 months and we absolutely loved it. If you have any questions on Adelaide feel free to hit me up and I’ll answer them as well as I can.

And I suppose the only other thing I’d say, negative to some positive to others, is that the culture is not a lot different from UK or America. It’s really kind of, we find it kinda merge the two cultures actually, and that can be a good thing for some or it can be a bad thing depending if you like your old familiar Starbucks and other mug cons, you can get them all here. If you’re looking for something radically different like you find in Asia or [you know] if you go in Thailand or whatever, you’re not gonna find it here. Just so you’re aware of that.

So all in all, as summer, if you’re thinking of coming over here, awesome, I’ve had such an amazing time. I just quit my job 6 months ago and now I’m going back to live in England. And really set up where [I think I’m gonna, you know] I’ll be able to really have a business that will be able to sustain myself which is really the main goal for me.

The main thing I’d say if you are coming over here is depending on what your business model is. If you’re gonna come over here consulting and working with other Australian businesses, there’s a lot of money to be made. If on the other hand you have to really have a minimal lifestyle because you have some kind of business model like, I don’t know, niche sites on the web and the internet, and you’re earning a certain amount – You may find it tough unless you got a good income because those things are expensive. That’s just the fact.

But if you do come out, please tell me where you come out and we’re you’re living and I’d love to hear. I do know a few people here now from the Entrepreneurship and Start-up Community those are absolutely awesome. They’re as good as everybody in the world. So I’ll happily put you in touch with them.

Ok, so, Good Luck.