My jog along the promenade was perfect – 20 degrees, with a gentle sea breeze. At the far end of the beach, surfers bobbed in the bay, mesmerized by the huge, curling waves. It was a cloudless day, and I didn’t feel the need to rush. After a stretch and a cooling paddle, I showered and strolled into the office.
Different working models fascinate me, especially the new opportunities for us lawyers. Technology, and a readiness to accept non-traditional models, are changing things forever – hooray!
I’ve spent the last couple of weeks with digital nomads and other Location Independent Entrepreneurs – or LIEs – in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. Sitting in a fresh and welcoming co-working office hosted by those lovely people, CwC, I’ve had a productive work time, and have had a couple of light bulb moments that I am keen to explore. The beach is a short walk away, and my co-workers enjoy sandwiching a surf session into their day. It’s a lifestyle thing. And it works.
Changing your environment can be invigorating and fun, and there’s no reason why that shouldn’t apply to our workplace, too. I can access everything I need to fully function as a lawyer with my laptop and phone – and I bet you probably can, too. There are plenty of tech businesses out there successfully employing digital nomads. We just need more people in our profession to open their eyes to the entrepreneurial spirit, so we can all get the benefits.
If I wanted to, I could travel the world doing this: in fact, I might just do that one day…