With wireless and syncing getting better, it's really getting more possible to work anywhere.
I think all those 1995 advertisements of an executive using a big old laptop on the beach kind of ruined the idea - they kept advertising it before it's possible, but also: on the sand at the beach has to be the stupidest possible place to use a laptop.
That kind of ruined it for a lot of people, but I'm realizing that a lot of limitations - aren't. I was invited to the Hong Kong horseraces on Sunday, and I was originally going to say no - too much work to do. Then I realized we could get set up in the lounge there, and I worked, taking a break to place wagers (we covered all costs and wound up up for that day) and watch the races, and working between them.
I'll post some pictures and videos from the races tomorrow. Hong Kong is such a nice city, everyone is great. And I'm realizing you're not tied to being in any one place to work - I got in a very solid day of work at the racetrack.
I actually work from home for a company in Lagos. I live in Abuja, the Federal Capital of Nigeria, and Lagos is almost 2 hours away by flight.
After overcoming hurdles like getting good internet facilities, and trying to plan against the epileptic power supply, I can honestly say it is true - we can all work anywhere.
I am a mobile app programmer, and enjoy this arrangement, but you should see the disbelieving looks on people's faces when I tell them I work from home. I think the world [and indeed Africa] still needs a little more time to adjust to the idea :)
I've been thinking about how to do this a lot lately. I work from home but been thinking how I could travel and work. With the rise of coshare work spaces and more knowledge workers, this is definitely only an increasing trend.
Two big pieces I'm still thinking about is handling phone calls in a loud environment and security for one's laptop.
I have to take phone calls at any moment during job hours which means I need a relatively quiet place. I've been testing out a bluetooth headset with dual microphones that's suppose to cancel out ambient noise.
While I'm pretty sure thief is unlikely, I'm weary of leaving my laptop to use the rest room or grab a snack, but it's also cumbersome to pack everything up.
There was a pretty ferocious storm a couple days ago in Hong Kong that damaged some of the infrastructure up on Mount Davis. The internet was down due to a lightning strike and water went off for a while. That's fine, yesterday I went to down to HK Island and worked from Pacific Coffee. I had to hurry to grab the shuttle down the mountain and didn't get my morning walk/run in, so I went around 11PM when I came back until I found a well lit place to jog back and forth on the mountain, and I came back at midnight.
I'm sweaty, exhausted, and I think - oh, I hope the water's back on... I should've checked...
I went to the shower, turned the nob, and... the water started. Good.
But no hot water for some reason. And it was quite cold.
At first I flinch and tense up a little bit as I step into the water, and then I think - why should I flinch? Mind over matter. This will be cold,. and I'll enjoy it anyways.
Man do we have a lot of catching up to do. This rapid fire traveling schedule doesn't leave us with all that much time to contemplate and write. If we aren't checking in somewhere, we're checking out and trying to catch a plane.
We were worried about where we'd stay in Hong Kong. It's a famously expensive city and we intended to be there for about ten days.
I always say, "Everything always works out perfectly," to which Todd always replies that it's dangerous to say that.