Escaping Your Own Escapism

beachYou’re staring out at the beach, lounging in the sun and doing nothing, feeling no pressure and completely at peace. For a moment, you might consider what to do later in the day, or tomorrow, but it’s a fleeting thought. Seconds become minutes. Minutes become hours.

Then you might head out for just one drink with some friends you’ve met along the way.

And before you know it, you’ve completely forgotten that you were supposed to actually do some work when you were out here.

At least that’s what I’m going through right now. My first mistake was probably starting in a super busy and touristey place like Bangkok, and then transitioning to super laid-back Koh lanta. The second mistake was likely actively making friends with people who are just here to have a good time.

Nothing is permanent though and I have a few ideas for how to diligently get back in the saddle and start hustling properly again. It helps to be sunburned as you have an incentive to get on the computer, but still, breaking out of vacation mode is surprisingly hard, even though I hadn’t really planned it out as a pure vacation.

It’s interesting because when I take the time to slow down and do some work, there’s nothing inherently worse about the work than lazing at the beach. In a sense it is much more rewarding, but I guess I have idolized the beach life for a long time due to growing up in a rainy town in Norway.

The Great Escape From The Great Escapism

To make staying in work-mode easier, I want to spend time in a place where there’s more of a trend of long-term staying, less beach lounging and the possibility of making friends that are good influences when it comes to work habits. So in a little over a week, I’ll be heading over to Chiang Mai, a known haven for digital nomads and freelancers, and likely stay there for most of the remaining 5 weeks I have left in Thailand. Finding an affordable apartment for a very short stay has proven more difficult than I thought, so if I end up finding a good one, I’ll share all the steps and details in a later post.

Initially I’m going to add a little more structure and be more insistent on getting at least a few hours of work in every day. In the spirit of my earlier experiment, I’m going to set up the initial to-do-list right now, so I don’t end up postponing it.

I’ve already burned into my savings more than I’d like, but we’ll see if I’m able to counterbalance with some extra income over the coming weeks and months.

5 Responses

  1. Chris Bailey March 28, 2014 / 6:56 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic trip man, even if you’re having more fun than you are hustling haha. I could use some of that warmth.. the temperatures here in Ottawa have been crazy-low this year (yesterday it was -20ºC), so that picture is making me pretty jealous!

    • Ragnar Miljeteig April 1, 2014 / 12:22 pm

      I honestly wish I could share some of it with you man! Hope the weather gets better for you man!

  2. Wan March 30, 2014 / 12:38 am

    I always marvel at how hard working our minds are when it comes to delaying work. It’s weird since our mind usually loves to be rewarded with things that comes from doing work.

  3. jamie flexman April 4, 2014 / 10:34 pm

    With everyone seemingly in Thailand right now, I’m surprised the Earth hasn’t tipped over.

    I’m very jealous though, I could do with some good weather and time away from life’s stresses.

  4. Ludvig Sunström April 14, 2014 / 2:53 pm


    Please email me about what you think of Chiang Mai when you’ve been there a while. I am planning a trip!

    Godspeed to you!

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