I Dream Of Lisbon...

Today's challenge was a "Lisbon induced" breeze...

Today's challenge was a "Lisbon induced" breeze...

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.
Breakfast from Padaria Portuguesa

Breakfast from Padaria Portuguesa

  • 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.
The afternoon lighting atop one of Lisbon's well-known monuments.

The afternoon lighting atop one of Lisbon's well-known monuments.

  • 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!

Privileged sunset view...

Privileged sunset view...

  • 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.
Visiting Montserrat Palace.

Visiting Montserrat Palace.

  • 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