Smartworking on Elba Island, away from the hustle and bustle and close to relaxation

Smartworking on Elba Island, away from the hustle and bustle and close to relaxation

The possibility of being active in Smartworking is becoming more and more popular, and while we are at it, why not choose a destination that, just outside the beach season, looks attractive, quiet, comfortable and practical, such as the island of Elba? Already many people have decided to spend time there away from the "mainland," amidst the peace of village life and a stone's throw from nature.

We decided to tell you about a typical day, from the point of view of a friend and colleague of ours from Bologna, who, during this spring, decided to relocate for a few months, accomplice the more affordable rates even for a rather long stay.

So G******, tell us a little bit: what was it like working remotely, from Elba?

First of all-and unlike what I expected! - I immediately began to cultivate good habits. I would wake up at 7:15 a.m., have breakfast in my apartment, and first thing, I would get out of the house to walk at least 20 minutes to get to the beach. Every day, I didn't miss a single time.

Didn't you feel like standing there all day?

No, I mean yes! The iodized sea air is a panacea for having an extra sprint for the day, and it had become a routine I didn't want to give up.
I would go back to the house, turn on the computer and start working. It must be said that I like to work: I make websites and there is no shortage of work, fortunately.
Here I could already give you the first piece of advice : even if you sometimes get distracted, stand at a window where you can hear the sea: the sound, the smell, maybe the chance to see it, even if from some distance, will do wonders for your mood. There are things - how should I put it? enveloping that exist only on an island. Those who have been there know this.
For lunch, sometimes I would go down to the streets of the village, where I had found some very good little restaurants, maybe the ones where the locals also go to eat. Otherwise I would have lunch quietly at home.
Another tip : in the morning, in addition to the walk, you can go to the city markets to buy what you most want to eat! Here, clearly, there has never been a shortage of fish (above all octopus, a great passion of mine).

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