Traveling around gives me the opportunity to experiment with the kind of environment I feel the most productive in.
I’d say my most successful period was during my stay in Annemasse, working a full-time job in Geneva while hustling before and after my 9 to 5 on my previous startup. It was the closest I found to a perfect balance between personal growth and work productivity.
It’s not about how nice your apartment is. I lived in a 25m² appartment located in a small city at the border between France and Switzerland. A desk, a kitchen, a shower, toilets, and a bed. That’s all the furnitures it contained. Much better than the high-end resort my family and I booked two weeks ago. I love keeping things simple: living like an underdog is the best way to remember what matters most.
It’s not about the facilities. I used to work out three times a week using just a pull-up bar and a yoga mat while biking 20km to work every weekday for four months. I was in top shape, and it resulted in an increased productivity at work. In Bangkok, I had access to a gym and a swimming pool, but I barely used it. I always felt like I had something else to do.
It’s not about living in a dynamic environment with plenty of opportunities to go out and have fun. Any place will do better than Annemasse, but it gave me the opportunity to stay focused while avoiding distractions.
It’s not about the tropical weather. Who doesn’t want to live in a place where it’s hot and sunny every day? I do. In fact, the colder my environment is, the better I perform. Annemasse is located near the Alpes mountains, it gets really cold out there. Same in Stockholm, where it’s dark for 20 hours a day during winter. Still, I will take dry cold over humid heat anytime.