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  • The academy fordigital design nomads

    10 reasons to become a digital nomad today

    http://startloaded.com/

  • We are digital design nomads and believe that a diverse

    lifestyle with rich experiences can nurture the soul and

    spark brilliance. We despise routines, they kill curiosity,

    make days blend into each other and destroy creative

    minds. Start Loaded gives you the tools to be part of a

    lifestyle revolution where work and travel come together

    in harmony. A lifestyle that challenges convention.

    http://startloaded.com/

  • Contents

    See the worldImprove your lifestyleBecome more productiveCreate a mouthwatering portfolioBreak away from the rat raceWith change comes opportunityFinding your elementMeet inspiring specimensCreativity and inspirationHelp othersKnowledge and growth

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    1See the worldThis is one of the main reasons to become a digital design nomad. Seeing the world will open your eyes to cultural diversity, get you closer to adventure, allow you to embrace new hobbies depending on your location and give you the freedom to choose your schedule.

    As a digital design nomad, you can go anywhere you please. Its really that simple. If you think you like the idea of living in a tree house in Costa Rica because you think you like the smell of a cassia tree in the morning. Guess what? You can do it!

    If you dont feel like staying, its as easy as packing a few dirty socks and relocating

    Working on the road puts an incredible spin on the way you travel. You dont have a time limit, youre not rushing to see 5 locations on your 5 day holiday. With this lifestyle you can soak up as much as you want from a location. Maybe you fall in love with a place and end up staying there for years or the rest of your life.

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    2Improve your lifestyleIf you live like a digital design nomad, youll be lucky to experience a life full of flavor. Freedom of location, material objects and a fixed schedule are just some of the perks of this life. You can also choose what clients you want to work with and the type of work that truly matters to you. A healthy work-life balance with a non-restrictive schedule can allow you to design a bespoke lifestyle, no more of that boring 9-5.

    As you might have noticed, were not very fond of routines at Start Loaded. The problem with a routine is that it quickly sets you in to a default mode, making life boring and senseless. It takes out the adventure in life and the excitement to do new things can quickly fade away. The excitement of being in new place fuels curiosity and creativity. All of a sudden learning how to train a racing pigeon in China becomes an activity that one must indulge in.

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    Some call it post-materialism, this theory explains it as the transformation of individual values from materialist, physical and economic to new individual values of autonomy and self-expression Wikipedia.

    With this lifestyle its easier to ditch material objects that seem unnecessary and start to value other aspects of life. All of a sudden things seem to be less important, the craving of wanting more is soon eradicated (mainly due to the fact that your 55 litre bag will inevitably

    explode if one more souvenir is purchased.) Material objects are soon replaced by experiences.

    Traveling has many important psychological effects, not all of them are good, but here well focus on the bright side of things. What a lot of psychological research has shown now is that the ability to engage with people from different backgrounds than yourself, and the ability to get out of your own

    A healthy work-life balance with a non-restrictive schedule can allow you to design a bespoke lifestyle

    social comfort zone, is helping you to build a strong and acculturated sense of your own self, says Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, an associate professor of education and psychology at the University of southern California.

    Traveling will allow you to live closer to nature and enjoying new activities. Sticking in front of a black box to watch the latest episode of Have I met your small pet Bobby seems a bit pointless when youre camping on the edge of a cliff.

    Its easier to become a surfer if you live in a surf town, or go skiing on your free time if you can live on a mountain, being able to choose your location can allow you to engage in amazing new hobbies.

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    3Become more productiveWhat would you do to work anywhere, explore the world, try out new hobbies, challenge yourself every day, meet inspiring people and enjoy freedom whilst developing your career? My answer is: anything except wrestling a watermelon in a public space.

    Once youve tasted life as a digital design nomad, its going to be hard to go back to commuting for hours in a metal box, next to thousands of other metal boxes to later position yourself in cubicle the size of a public toilet. And if this means working extra hours, putting more effort in to your projects, perfecting your trade and seeking out tools and resources to commit to this lifestyle, so be it.

    Productivity isnt the first thing that comes to mind when youre traveling around the world. Its hard to stay focused when so much is happening around you, but if done right you can increase your productivity and limit distractions. Working as a digital design nomad will allow you to expand your field of work, sometimes you might need

    Its going to be hard to go back to commuting for hours in a metal box, next to thousands of other metal boxes to later position yourself in cubicle the size of a public toilet

    10 reasons to become a digital nomad today

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    to embark in projects that you normally wouldnt consider but will help you grow.

    Work doesnt need to be done in a fixed schedule. This can even be more relevant to creative work, sometimes forcing yourself to strict working schedules can result in poor ideas, low quality work and frustration. As long as you can stick to a certain amount of working hours, you can choose your most productive times of the day and life your life according to that.

    Commuting no longer becomes a daily problem. With this tedious part of the day eradicated its easier to start working earlier and saving countless wasted hours a year.Offices arent always the most productive workspace.

    A study made by Mentalfloss discovered that 91% of remote workers report being more productive away from the office. The biggest problem with a busy office is that it contains a staggering amount of distractions, if youre in a position where you can control your environment you can pinpoint these distractions and eliminate them.

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    4Create a mouth-watering portfolioThis one goes hand in hand with the previous point. Have you been struggling to get your website out or develop a portfolio that convinces clients? Wait till you have to do it in order to pursue your dream of hiking the Himalayas or taking up tango lessons in Spain. Its easy to become complacent when you live comfortably. Comfortable is dangerous, it helps the mind go on to auto mode destroying productivity levels and aspirations.

    In order to get new work youll need to create a portfolio that will make people look twice. As a digital design nomad you have to increase your online presence and display your best work, this should be a primary objective and a great amount of time should be dedicated to this.

    One of the main disadvantages of being a digital design nomad is economic instability, theres no guaranteed pay check at the end of the month. But this has is perks, it will keep you searching for clients, producing high quality work and learning more about your trade. Remote work will also affect the

    way you form relationships with your boss or client, most of the time youll be solely judged on your work and not the outrageous colour of your new shirt.

    Understanding cultural differences in order to keep clients happy and complete successful projects will give you rich knowledge and a portfolio with characteristics from diverse parts of the world.

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    With new clients come new projects, new case studies and new possibilities. As a digital design nomad you might be working as a freelancer and will find that youll work on projects from start to finish, giving you creative freedom and ownership over projects that can later be displayed on your portfolio.

    The Internet allows you to work with diverse cultures. Understanding cultural differences in order to keep clients happy and complete successful projects will give you rich knowledge and a portfolio with characteristics from diverse parts of the world.

    Create great case studies whilst developing these projects, document the process and try to get client reviews when you finish. It will boost your portfolio and in turn show future clients that youre capable of traveling and working at the same time.

    10 reasons to become a digital nomad today

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    5Break away from the rat raceOnce youve broken away from a traditional lifes

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