Remote Work Challenge: Microadventures

Last month, I discover the adventurer Alastair Humphrey through a community small group, which has helped me reimagine what small doses of adventure might look like—locally. Alastair’s past adventures are “capital A” kinds of adventures. He’s cycled around the world for four years and walked across southern India. Big stuff. Memorable stuff. Things that make a memoir.


But eventually, Alastair’s life caught up with him. He had a family back in the UK, and continuing to globetrot would come with a real loss. Alastair traded his big adventures for microadventures to spend more time with his family.


He ordered a 12-mile square map of his town and spent a year exploring each half square mile of that map, where he learned to fall in love with the quotidian—from thistles to bees. You can check out a quick video here of what he found along the way.


Would you consider incorporating a micro-adventure into your routine? If not, what’s stopping you?


When we interviewed remote experts worldwide for our upcoming book, they mentioned that trust was vital to making remote work actually work. That makes sense, right? If you’re a manager, you might think, of course, I need to be able to trust that my employees will do their jobs without visual oversight.


But as we asked more questions, we learned that it’s not just about trusting others. It’s also about trusting yourself.


A remote work advocate, Darcy Boles, said, “I think it takes six months to two years to fully trust yourself to work remotely, like truly remote. Getting on a phone with somebody instead of a video call takes a certain amount of trust.” She then suggested a remote worker challenge: to do something scary in the middle of the day—even if it’s simply a mid-day walk at first. Otherwise, you’ll fall back into the familiar 9-5 pattern.


We challenge you to summon your inner Alastair and break out of your remote work rut with a micro-adventure. It could be as simple as trying a different grocery store or going the opposite way on your walk. This summer, I plan to close my eyes and point to a random subway stop (“the T”) to explore new parts of Boston with my drawing pad.


Who knows what I’ll find…


Photo credit: Justin Yeung, unsplash