I Dream Of Lisbon...
Today’s challenge was a breeze, because a little over a month ago I was in beautiful Portugal! So it’s not hard for me to imagine what a day balancing work and holiday, would look like when spending time in that wonderful country.
This is what my (perfect Lisbon) day would look like:
- I wake up in a beautiful airBnB in the most modern part of Lisbon, near Dom João II Avenue. I head downstairs to the nearby gym, and afterward, I hit the Padaria Portuguesa for breakfast and a coffee.
- After returning "home" for a refreshing shower, I get ready for the first few hours of work. I am at my most energetic in the mornings: with my mind and body fresh at the day’s start, I work on my first creative priorities (one of my client’s website) from my airBnB’s balcony (did I mention it has a breath-taking view?).
- At lunchtime, I head out to the nearest park. I packed my lunch, and want to enjoy it close to nature. After eating, I read a book of my choice for 30 minutes – reading clears my mind – and after that, I meditate for 20 minutes – more “mind clearing”.
- When I am done with my lunch break, I head over to the nearest café for a few more hours of work. This time I’ll be concentrating in checking/answering emails and updating social media.
- Around 3pm I am done for the day. I look forward to visiting some beautiful sights. I grab my camera and head downtown to take pictures of the local scenery. The lighting is about “getting fantastic” at this point in the day, so I take full advantage of it.
- While in the downtown area, I decide to head up the hills, and walk all the way to Sao Jorge’s Castle, where I’ll watch the sunset. *
*I sat at a “magical spot” to meditate there once, and absolutely fell in love with the city’s view from the castle. So peaceful!
- After that, I go to Mercado da Ribeira to meet with friends, and try fantastic eats from the up and coming local chefs. I tell them that tomorrow I may drive to Sintra (about 30min away) for an early hike up Montserrat Palace, and then work from café Saudade, where they serve the BEST brunch in town.
- And that’s a wrap to a fantastic, fun, and productive day!
Ahhhh...sigh. After all this daydreaming, here is how I envision “balancing it all” and managing distractions: when I am home in the U.S., my best strategy is to exercise early in the day, and work on my business’ creative priorities at day’s start, when my mind is freshest. After I have my lunch break, I do the “office tasks” (emails, social media, etc). The “visiting” part of my day starts in the mid-to-late afternoon and goes on until evening. Although I was not working while I was in Portugal recently, I did manage my day in a very similar manner as if I were.
It was interesting (and a lot of fun) to revisit my "memory of days abroad", and see how that would align with a career in which I am completely location independent. Definitely made my imagination more motivated to get that point in life!
Now on to the last day of the challenge… I can't even believe I have written for 9 days straight! That is an accomplishment to me already. See you tomorrow!
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 9