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The One Thought To Spend Your Time Right

I keep finding articles that say??5 Ways to Help You Spend Your Time More Efficiently? or??12 Steps to Spend Your Time Successfully? or??7 Ways That Successful People Spend Their Time?. There are even books based on such??tips?. Most of them will tell you to exercise, start a healthy diet, wake up early, set goals etc. You know, all the standard advises that most of us get and perhaps the classic goals that most of us set to spend our time ?the correct way?. I am writing the??correct??in italics because I?m not sure if the one who decides what is supposed to be??correct??is you or a third party.?All these pieces of advice can be helpful but there is?one simple thought?that you need to think in order to decide who, and what is worthy of your time. If you have ever spent your money on cash and card, then you can very easily understand what I am going to describe.

How Do You Spend Your Time?

Do you spend your time as you spend your money in cash or as you spend it when you use a credit card?

  • When you spend “In cash“: You have some money left in your wallet as you know exactly on what and how much you spend. So, you can dedicate your money to things that matter.
  • When you spend “By card“: Your card can get overcharged. In order not to face more problems, you must sacrifice some important things in the coming days. If only you were more careful when spending all that money?

Generally the following happen when we spend:

  • In cash
    1. We are more careful in where we spend our money. We seek for the best value for money.
    2. We know how much money we have left at the end of each transaction.
    3. We are better prepared on where to spend our money and we hardly allow ourselves to diverge. 
  • By card
    1. We spend a lot more money.
    2. It?s easier to drift into unnecessary waste.
    3. Because we do not know exactly how much money we have, we can reach our card limit when it will be too late to change our behaviour.

Treat Your Time As Your Bank Account.

See the minutes you have in this life like the money on the bank account. See the different activities, the different people and everything you spend time on, like the things you can buy with your money. See, that is, where you spend your minutes as to where you spend your money. But think wisely because:

  • in this ?bank account? you do not know how much money you start with and how much you have left,
  • you only have one card,
  • when you have no money left, then that?s it?

So did you answer the question I asked you earlier?Do you spend your money in cash or by card?

Why Do We Spend Our Time As If We Had Plenty?

We do not know how many more days we have in front of us. Time is a fuzzy concept in our minds. So fuzzy that we rarely realize how it passes. How many times has it occurred to you to say ?wow time really flies??. Most of us, we tend to not think about the end of our time, so we don?t manage it as we would if we knew how much we have left. Many obligations, situations and people ?battle? for our limited minutes every day. But these minutes will be gone and they are not coming back. The truth, however, is that time will continue passing whether we want it or not. Our ?bank account?, that is, our time, is decreasing. Each day that passes, takes something out from that account.

?You live as if you were destined to live forever, no thought of your frailty ever enters your head, of how much time has already gone by you take no heed. You squander time as if you drew from a full and abundant supply, though all the while that day which you bestow on some person or thing is perhaps your last.?


Seneca

Start Spending Your Minutes In Cash.

The great Stoic Seneca said he would not let anyone spend his day. My purpose is not to scare you. My purpose is not to teach you any lessons about how to spend your time. What I want to tell you is that no matter how you decide to spend your time, remember that unlike money, you can not find more. I do not suggest you be?stingy? with your time. Just the next time you have an ?obligation? to attend to ask yourself: ?Is it really worth spending my money there??. 

I hope you cut your card and start using cash so you start thinking a bit more how much you spend and on what. I try to do this as well!

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What is co-workation? The New Digital Nomad Path

The nomadic lifestyle is one of the fastest growing lifestyles we have today. The number of people working remotely is rapidly increasing. Technology is creating new professions and applications which enable people to work from anywhere. All they need is a good internet connection.

No matter if you’re an entrepreneur or an employee, as long as you let your employer or clients know what you’re doing and continue to meet your work obligations, does it really matter where you work from? Everything is possible.

The co-workation is typically a one-week to three-month escape from your routine work environment to reflect on things such as, restructuring your team or an innovative new project or perhaps refocus your corporate role. And you’re surrounded by like-minded entrepreneurs, creative thinkers and other professional freelancers, who are there to trade tips, collaborate and keep one another motivated.

The 4 Rules of Workationing

Find the proper “home

One of the biggest challenges of being digital nomad is finding proper accommodation, whether is for a short or long term stay. Comfort is critical so that you stay focused. The basic key factors are stable and fast internet connection, a kitchen to cook (so, you don’t need to eat at restaurants every day), plenty of natural light, a comfortable desk and chair, and easy access to a city center.

Organize technology

Firstly, you should prioritize everything needed for work. That includes a laptop, charger, portable charger, external hard drives, a smartphone, camera equipment, universal adapter and extra plug points. If you want to be productive and make sure you have high speed internet, heading into an office might be a great solution. Find somewhere professional to work, for example, a coworking space center. That way, you’ll wrap up your work quicker.

Structure the days

Decide that you’ll work for a set period each day, at a set time. Don’t work outside these times. If colleagues need to update or consult you, ask them to send a single daily report, by email, at a set time each day. Even though you might have a tight schedule, rest and relaxation are equally important for you as a Digital Nomad.

Document your experience

Joining a workation gives you the opportunity to work in incredible places around the world without giving up your job, your stable salary or even your vacation days. No more choosing between work and travel! Do your future self a favor and get a good camera to take as many pictures as possible!

How can we help?

If you’re looking to jump-start your next Co-workation Retreat in Greece but don’t know where to go, let Erratic Paths help you. Whether you are an individual (freelancer or entrepreneur) or a team there are great possibilities for you. Check out the upcoming Co-working Sailing Retreat for more information.

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6 Reasons why Greece is a great workation destination for digital nomads

Greece is famous as one of the most touristic European countries, boasts of fantastic landscapes, and the great Mediterranean climate and food. There is no denying that it is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Many aspects make Greece a favorite location for freelancers and digital nomads.

1. Perfect Climate

Greece enjoys up to 300 days of sunshine a year! While much of Europe is blanketed by snow or suffers under gray skies, you?ll find plenty of opportunities for clear weather in many parts of Greece!

In reality, this means hot summers, beautiful springs, warm autumn temperatures suitable for swimming in the Aegean sea, and very mild winters.

2. Easy To Reach

Getting to Greece is super easy and cheap. Most budget airlines fly to the country from anywhere in Europe. Look for flights to Athens and you?ll most certainly find one way tickets from anywhere in Europe in low cost.

3. Earthy Cuisine

Greeks love to eat, and they love to take their time to do so! With deep roots in the Mediterranean diet, Greek cuisine is both healthy and delicious. It?s based largely around fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, fish, and a small amount of cheese and yoghurt. Non-meat protein sources in the form of beans and legume such as fava and lentils are also a popular staple, usually used in soups, stews and salads.

You can choose to eat almost anywhere you like, and many fine dining restaurants will serve some delicious meals in affordable prices!

4. A City That Has it All

The digital nomad scene has grown exponentially in the past few years, and few places have embraced it quite like Athens, the capital of Greece. The city offers the right combination of the convenience of living as well as being close to nature.

Do you want to go for a climb, surf or have a kitesurfing session after work?? Or simply enjoy a run along the beach promenade? It?s all possible in Athens.

5. The Internet and Coworking Spaces

Balancing work and play better than anyone else???that?s what digital nomad life is all about. Greece has developed an efficient network of internet providers. Thus, the digital nomads can enjoy high-speed fibre internet packages and fast download speeds.

Athens has a mix of affordability, infrastructure, and quality of life that?s difficult to find elsewhere. Co-working spaces act as a great medium for digital nomads to meet and network. There are also cafe and bars, which make socializing with other foreigners and English speakers easy.

6. World Heritage Site Hopping

Greece is home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Travelers can visit 16 cultural World Heritage Sites and two natural World Heritage Sites, ranging from the archaeological areas of Acropolis, Oracle of Delphi and Mycenae to ‘the columns of the sky’ Meteora and the Mt Athos. No matter where you are, there’s definitely a World Heritage Site nearby.

6(+1!). Heaven for Outdoor Life and Sports

Are you a seeking a memorable experience in Greece? The nation with the eleventh longest coastline in the world, and which is also 80% mountains and hills, beckons you. Because of its diversity of landscapes, outdoor activity aficionados can also have their fair share of fun. Take a surfing holiday in Paros, climb the unique geological rocks of Meteora, hike the Mt Olympus or simply dive in secluded coves and underwater caves,