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Hello again from sunny Porto!

If you’ve been following the previous chapters, you’d know that my journey is nearing its end. It is now day 21 of my 4-week remote experience, and the countdown has officially started until I am back in our offices in Montreal.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but I am working out of a co-working space in Porto, which is filled with “Digital Nomads”.

What is a Digital Nomad, you ask? A Digital Nomad is someone who leverages technology and the digital world to do work, and they do it in a way that allows them to lead their life “in a nomadic manner”.

The reason I’m sharing this is because I’ve been working at AtmanCo for over 3 years now, and personality profiles are now a part of my everyday life. I sometimes like to amuse myself by trying to guess where people would fall on the 11 dimensions of Atman’s psychometric test, so I thought it would be fun to ask my fellow remote workers if they would try Atman’s psychometric test to see if there are any dominant traits amongst Digital Nomads. And guess what, there are!

I had a great time seeing everyone’s results and telling them all about their profiles. But I don’t want to keep all the fun to myself! For that reason, we’ve decided to make this an interactive blog post and have you, too, try to guess the most common personality traits of digital nomads!

Are you ready? Let’s begin!

 
 

Personality traits of Digital Nomads:

 

Do you think Digital Nomads are more Adaptable, Traditional, or somewhere in between?

 

Adaptable

Traditional

Somewhere in between

That was an easy one, and as long as you didn’t guess B, you would be right.

It isn’t surprising to me that digital nomads aren’t very traditional. After all, people who are more traditional than adaptable prefer structure and routine – two things that aren’t exactly synonymous with a nomadic lifestyle.

However, this is not to say that traditional people have no business being digital nomads. After all, I am as traditional as it gets and I’ve been doing pretty well out here! But still, there is no denying that I’ve had a couple of days where I wished I had a little more structure and stability.

 

Would a Digital Nomad be more organized, spontaneous, or somewhere in between?

 

Organized

Spontaneous

Somewhere in between

Spontaneity wins here with no contest.

Granted, my sample size wasn’t the biggest (it was 17, if you were wondering), but 100% of them were more spontaneous than organized. 100%!

I was personally a little surprised when I saw this, especially considering that almost every remote working article out there says that organization is needed for a successful remote working experience.

While that may be true, it makes sense that digital nomads are more spontaneous. No need to plan ahead, comfortable with unexpected situations, have no problem dealing with multiple things and emergencies on the go? These have characteristics have “spontaneous” written all over them!

 

Would a Digital Nomad be more Team-oriented, Results-oriented, or somewhere in between?

 

Team-oriented

Results-oriented

Somewhere in between

Did you guess A? If you did, you’d be wrong.

This shouldn’t be too surprising though. After all, those who are more team-oriented prefer harmonious work environments and feel more motivated by simply participating in team-related activities. You can still be motivated as a digital nomad, but I can see it being more difficult for team-oriented individuals who simply won’t have that environment when working away from their teams.


 

Would a Digital Nomad prefer Security, Recognition, or something in between?

 

Security

Recognition

Somewhere in between

And B is the winner!

Again, no surprise. The majority of the group here was high on Recognition, but we also had a couple that landed right in the middle. But again, this shouldn’t be too shocking to believe.After all, people who prefer security are much more risk averse, and simply can’t find the stability they need from constantly being on the go, jumping between different cities and locations!

 

Would a Digital Nomad be more Reserved, Outgoing, or somewhere in between?

 

Reserved

Outgoing

Somewhere in between

Did you guess B because it’s clearly the most obvious answer?

Well… you’d be wrong.

I know! I was as surprised as you are! But then again, maybe we shouldn’t have been. After all, you are roaming the world as a Digital Nomad, and while you are likely to find yourself as part of a community, you are bound to end up exploring cities, sites, and restaurants on your own.

 

Would a Digital Nomad be more Resistant to stress, less resistant to stress, or somewhere in between?

 

More resistant to stress

Less resistant to stress

Somewhere in between

The answer: Somewhere in between.

This was one of the most interesting traits I’ve seen from my little experiment. There weren’t any extreme tendencies here, but digital nomads appear to be more Calm than Anxious, and more Sensitive than Enduring.

It does make sense, though. After all, people who are calm find it easier to detach and let go, adjust to various pressures, and are not easily distracted (an important trait to being able to work in new places!). I can also see why digital nomads would be more sensitive than enduring, since those who are more sensitive are more open and empathetic to their environments.

 
 
And here you have it! The results to my little experiment are as follows:

 
 

Personality Traits of Digital Nomads:

 

Adaptable

Spontaneous

Results-oriented

Prefer Recognition to Security

Reserved

More Calm than Anxious

More Sensitive to their surroundings

 

It was quite fun for me to see these results, but my experimentation days are not over yet! As I had previously mentioned, my sample size was quite small. So, I will continue to gather more data on the subject and will update this article sometime in the future when I have more information.

Were you surprised by any of these personality traits, or did you ace this quiz? I want to know your thoughts in the comments below!

Leen Sawalha

Leen Sawalha’s interest in the effects of motivation and behaviour on businesses has led her to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Human Resources Management. Currently in the process of acquiring her MBA, Leen’s expertise lies in the integration of both disciplines to enhance the effectiveness of an organization’s human capital.

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