9 Helpful Books for Digital Nomads
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With the rise of globalization and opportunities to work virtually, virtual jobs are on the rise. Especially during a pandemic, many people prefer to or are forced into working at home. Being a digital nomad comes with a lot of benefits, like the ability to work wherever you want, independence and – hopefully – fewer meetings! Nevertheless, we understand that being a digital nomad can be challenging as well: constantly being on the lookout for new clients, work overload, an unpredictable demand in job markets, and uncertainties with paychecks. In other words, even though the opportunity to work virtually is attractive, people should know how to manage it to avoid the stress that comes with it. To ease the life of our potential virtual teachers, we came up with a list of books for digital nomads to help you get started.
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You Need a Budget by Jesse Mecham
We all know that managing your finances, especially, when you are not sure of the size of the paycheck you are going to get. Moreover, living the life you want comes with costs. There is an unlimited amount of stuff you can spend money on and just one limited paycheck. To live your best life and at the same time be able to save up and pay your bills, you need to know how to budget. Jesse Mecham’s book You Need a Budget is exactly the textbook you need to learn budgeting skills. In simple steps, Mecham explains how to separate incoming paychecks, pay debt and credits, as well as, save up for a rainy day. He shares with you a technique that helps even in uncertain times to be confident about your income. More importantly, there is no magic to it – just a couple of questions you need to truthfully answer.
The One-page Financial Plan: a Simple Way to Be Smart about Money by Carl Richards
While Mecham teaches you how to save up money for your dreams, Carl Richards, a Certified Financial Planner, explains what to do next and what your options are if you do not want to just save. Right from the start, Richards challenges his readers with a question of WHY they need money. With his simple sketches, he leads them through all the steps of budgeting money, from managing debts to investing. There are no scary and difficult words about the financial stability of the market, nor is there a requirement to use Richard’s advice from this book. Just two things you need to do: read it and apply it.
Mindfulness for Stress Management by Dr. Robert Schachter
We don’t know about you, but even talking about money and investments stresses us out! Becoming a digital nomad comes with a lot of responsibilities, accompanied by stress and exhaustion. Often people feel the need to work 24 hours a day to bring stability into their lives. While stability is great and all, this can very easily lead to exhanustion and burnout. Sometimes we just need to stop. That is exactly what Dr Robert Schachter’s book, Mindfulness for Stress Management, offers. His book is filled with many science-backed techniques for managing stress. He differentiates the sources of stress and tackles them individually, giving a diverse guidebook to making sense of chaos in our souls and hearts.
Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success by Shawn Stevenson
Managing stress is important, but you cannot get better if you don’t sleep. With the rise of the sleepless mindset, where adults believe catching up on their work is worth getting only four hours of sleep, we want to underline the importance of adequate sleep. Sleep is not just about lying in bed for eight hours. It stabilizes your hormones and lets your body process information, rest, build strength, iand mprove the neural system. That is why it is so crucial to get your needed hours of sleep. Shawn Stevenson understands the importance of it. In his book, Sleep Smarter, he talks about how sleeping changed his body and health. He suggests his readers experiment and see for themselves what a difference a good nights sleep will bring to their lives.
Invest Like a Pro by Jesse Mecham
You probably wonder why there is another book about finances and again from Mecham. This time, the book explains the basics of investments. You probably will not believe this, but you CAN know what to buy and what to sell on the stock market, the reasons why funds provide more stability than single stocks and why investments are not only for the chosen ones – even if you’re not in the finance business. In simple terms, Mecham paves the way for readers into the investing world, allowing them to exploit it to their advantage.
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns (Little Books. Big Profits) by John Bogle
You may have heard that investing is risky and complicated. Partially, this is true. Because many brokers work on short term investments, which means buying and selling in a short period, they have high risks of losing money. However, we are talking about investing as a long-term venture. John Bogle, the author of The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, approaches investing in the same way. He believes that to take advantage of investments, you don’t need to be a broker from Wall Street, nor do you need to play big. Bogle explains that investing can work if you invest constantly, but in small shares, expecting a return in the long run. He slowly and painlessly leads his readers into the depths of stocks and markets, on the way to explaining how long-term investments work and why everybody needs them.
The Lost Art of Doing Nothing: How the Dutch Unwind with Niksen by Maartje Willems illustrated by Lona Aalders
Breathe in and out!
Now let’s move on.
The Lost Art of Doing Nothing is simple but revolutionary concept. With beautiful illustrations and a sense of humour, Lona Aalders cuts through the belief of constant productivity and encourages us to stop just for a little bit. Her book is a breath of fresh air in the crowd of all self-improving and productive books. If not for the message, you should read her book just for illustrations, which already offer calmness and peace for a couple of seconds.
The Kama Sutra of Public Speaking: 10 chapters on how to give and receive maximum pleasure from a public performance by Radislav Gandapas
As an English teacher, you cannot run away from being the centre of attention. Always in front of the class, always trying to capture the attention of students to share your knowledge with them. The Karma Sutra of Public Speaking is a book that explains how to become more successful at grabbing the attention of people, how to translate joy through your words and how to become a better communicator. Radislav Gandapas shares his knowledge on how to be more confident, interesting, and intriguing as a public speaker. Believing that everybody should know how to effectively communicate in front of the crowd, he educates you on how to juggle with the attention of people. With his book, you can make sure that even the most disagreeable and disengaged student/parent/client will listen to you.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
We could not talk about improving your life and miss mentioning Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. You cannot take a handle on your life if everything around you is a mess. Kondo’s approach does not only makes sure that you clean up a messy environment but at the same time her philosophical technique works on ordering the values in your life.
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ELEARNING FUTURES LTD retains personal information in line with our corporate retention requirements. Your data will be stored within the European Economic Area (“the EEA”) (The EEA consists of all EU member states, plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). However, in some circumstances, part or all of your data may be stored or transferred outside of the European Economic Area (“the EEA”). You are deemed to accept and agree to this by using our site and submitting information to us. If we do store or transfer data outside the EEA, we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated as safely and securely as it would be within the EEA and under the GDPR. Such steps may include, but not be limited to, the use of legally binding contractual terms between us and any third parties we engage with, and the use of the EU-approved Model Contractual Arrangements. If we intend at any time to transfer any of your data outside the EEA, we will always obtain your consent beforehand.
Right to access personal information
- Under the law, any individual has a right to ask for a copy of the personal information held about them. This means that you can ask for the information that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD holds about you. This is known as the right of ‘subject access’.
- When making a request you will need to give us:
- a request in writing (by post or by email)
- We may need to ask you to provide:
- proof of your identity
- proof of your home address
- any information that we reasonably need to locate the information you have requested (for example details of the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD offices or staff that you have had contact with and when)
We will not start looking for your information until we receive all of the above. In order to submit your request, or for help making a request, please contact us.
Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.