I’ll be here, exactly where I am right now, for four weeks. And as I’m writing this, I’m sitting on a rock, on a mountain, viewing the ocean, and listening to seagulls. There’s not a single human being in sight, and the only sounds I am hearing are from nature and a few boats from far far away. I’m staring at the sun, and seeing reflections of my hand and the pen as I’m jotting down these words in a notepad.
I have been living in a tent on an island in Norway for the past week. I’m with my family, and we’re having a fantastic time. To me, and I can probably speak for my wife and kids as well, this is the perfect vacation.
We’re living in a tent, without electricity and without any access to the Internet, and I have to walk about 20 minutes to get fresh water. We’re just a few steps by the ocean, an amazing beach, and a few steps by a fairly large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth. We’re almost exclusively outside, staring at the sun and swimming in the ocean.
It’s the perfect vacation for me, and there are many reasons why. I’m not just talking about the family, and my kids being outside playing and becoming friends with nature. I’m talking about blogging, business and a switching the focus in life.
It’s no longer about time
It feels like the day never ends out here. It’s not like I am struggling to find the time to write, or find the time to do anything. 24 hours a day feels more than enough. I have the time to do anything I want and then some.
I never look at the time. I just enjoy whatever the day brings. When I feel like it, I walk to a new place, either by the ocean, or somewhere where I can find a magnificent view, I sit down and write whatever’s on my mind.
Sometimes it’s about marketing, and sometimes it’s about the novel I am writing.
To me, this is what a vacation is all about; when time has become obsolete, or look at it like something indefinite. It’s about stop focusing on time. Time is no longer an issue, and realize that it never should be an issue (no matter if I’m at home or living in a tent).
The importance of focus
I always try to work in batches, because that’s when I get most work done. I do this at home, at work, I do it wherever I am. Working in batches are even more important when on vacation.
I don’t work a lot, and I don’t write a lot during the four weeks I am living in a tent. But, I probably get just as much done as if I was at home and working many hours every single day.
There’s something about being away from the chores of everyday life, and understanding the value of what I’m actually doing. I never do the small things anymore, I always focus on the big chunks of what life has to offer and the most important parts of work.
I really enjoy focusing on new things while on vacation.
This summer, I have decided to focus on affiliate marketing, by buying a brand new course from the brilliant Steve Scott. It’s called Affiliate Marketing Without The BULLS**T. I have only been reading (and listening) to 1/3 of the course, but I’m really exciting and I have learned a lot already.
Understanding how passion works
I don’t have any electricity. And I don’t have access to the Internet from my computer. When I want something done, like published on my blog, or do research for my novel, I need to walk to the public library. It’s not that far away, it’s about a thirty minutes walk.
It’s interesting being without electricity and not be able to have access to the Internet. It’s not something I’m used to. This makes me understand what John Falchetto (The Expat Life Coach) are talking about when he was sitting outside people’s houses in order to get online.
Passion is a strong and barely controllable emotion. And being where I am and in the state I am, it’s easy to understand what I am missing. I walk to the library once a week to be able to keep in touch with my friends, publish what I’ve written and see what’s happening in the world of marketing.
I have my Macbook Pro, I have my iPhone, but the writing tools I use the most is a pen and my notebook. I add all my thoughts to my notebook, and about once a week, I add the most important words to the computer.
I use my iPhone with the 3G mobile network to get access to the Internet. But, since I don’t have a charger, and it’s quite hard to get electricity, I only use it for Twitter and to moderate comments on my blog and reply to the comments on my blog. This way, the battery life on my iPhone will last more than just one day.
I have ordered a solar charger for my iPhone, but I ordered it too late and I haven’t received. So, maybe next summer will be different.
The important lesson of work
I have always had sort of a yearning desire to be able to work from everywhere, and wherever I am and whenever I feel like working (not just part of a 9 to 5 job and at an office). Now, living in a tent, I understand the importance of both being able to work from wherever and whenever I feel like working, and the importance of working in an office.
I enjoy both. And both are important to me.
I get a lot done in an office, and I get a lot done when I’m not. But what I do (and the quality of what I get done) is different. I am way more creative when I’m not at the office. Combining working at a coffee shop, inside the office, or outside with a magnificent view overlooking the ocean are all important parts of who I am.
I write everywhere, even when I am on vacation. When you are on vacation, do you write just as much and just as often as when you are not? And, what’s the perfect vacation for you?
Let me know, and I promise you that I’ll answer all your comments via my iPhone somewhere close to a beach – LOL.