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5 Things You Must Do If You’re Moving From Japan To The US

5 Things You Must Do If You’re Moving From Japan To The US

The time comes when you have to live your dreams. When you have to do those things you’ve always thought mattered most to you. While leaving your comfort zone and moving to a location you’ve never lived in is a difficult decision to make, it is the best decision for you if it is necessary for you to live your dreams. In your new location, you will begin a life you’ve never had and meet and relate to people you don’t know.

Sometimes, moving to a new location doesn’t mean that you don’t like your current location or that you’re not productive where you are. It may just be a dream you’ve always had that you must fulfil. Your reasons for wanting to relocate may include exploring the world, sharing the experiences of other people, eating their food, visiting their most beautiful places, or getting a job in a new location that you could never get in your hometown. Whatever reason you have, you can never achieve it if you aren’t determined.

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Moving from Japan to the United States could be one of the worst decisions ever if you aren’t prepared. Some people might make this decision overnight and simply hope for the best. But, if you desire to relocate from Japan to the United States, careful planning is necessary to make the best of your decision and give you the best chance to live your dream life.

These 5 carefully outlined tips will help you make your plans.

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1. Decide You’re Really Moving

Do you really want to move? Every successful journey starts with a single but difficult decision. Sometimes, after the excitement of the moment passes, you may let your plans elude you if you aren’t determined to push through with your decision. A lot of people desire to move from Japan to the United States but have no concrete reason for doing so that will keep them going past the moment of excitement and push them through the long haul. Deciding to move is a personal choice and is different for every person. For someone who is new in his or her job or early in a marriage, this may be a very easy choice to make. However, it would be a very difficult choice for someone who is later in their career path or has a family and more connections to their current location. Whichever condition you are in, moving is never a completely bad decision to make, but in the latter situation, you will need to spend a long time planning and preparing, and only a strong will can push you through.

2. Find Temporary Accommodations

It’s the desire of everyone relocating to the US to find a comfortable place of residence. However, it’s never a good decision to hope to find the best home before you’ve moved to the US, because this may cost you more than you could imagine. However comfortable you are in Japan, keep it in mind that your early life in the US may be entirely different. Lifestyles, houses, and accommodations in the US are entirely different from what you’ve known and what you’ve experienced in Japan or in other locations. It’s best to look for temporary accommodations in the US when you’re just moving in and then look for someplace better when you’re fully settled.

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3. Move Your Luggage

Have you done an international move before? If your answer is yes, then you should know how much time, effort and money these moves demand. There are different means of moving your luggage from Japan to the US, and if you aren’t careful, you may not find the one that is best for you. It’s best to seek as much information as you can and explore all available options before making a choice.

Moving your luggage and/or furniture is one of the toughest things to do, especially when moving abroad. To help this process run smoothly, it’s necessary to make the best choice from among the available moving options. You may require the services of a moving company, but ensure you find the best possible company to hire. It’s important to seek the opinions of those who’ve used the moving service before, or to at least make a smart choice based on your budget, the mover’s price offer, and the company’s level of experience.

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You need to identify an international mover that offers exactly the services you are looking for at a price you can afford. This is entirely your choice, and you have nearly unlimited options depending on the service level you’re looking for.

4. Make Friends

This may be a little difficult, but you have to do it quickly to get along in the US. People from other countries often complain how difficult it is to make friends with Americans, but from my understanding, the difficulty doesn’t come from the Americans but from ourselves. If it’s easy to make friends with people from your native country, what makes the difference? Well, naturally, we like people who share similar characteristics with us, and we feel a lot more comfortable with them and feel a sense of mutual understanding with such people. Still, two things I’ve discovered about people who find it difficult to make friends with Americans are 1. They believe that Americans are entirely different people from themselves, and 2. Their fear of rejection. You must overcome that belief and that fear and build in yourself a higher sense of self-worth and attractiveness.

Yes! Americans are different people, and they speak, behave and relate differently compared to people from other cultures. However, they remain the friendliest people you can find. If you can focus on the similarities you share as humans and make an effort to learn their ways fast, you’ll carry along easily. It is your attitude that will either attract you to any person on earth or repel you from them. On the other hand, focusing on the differences between your way of life and that of the Americans you meet will only repel you from them, and instead of blaming yourself, you may be tempted to blame them. Overcome your fear of rejection, notice more of the similarities between you instead of the differences, learn to believe that you’re special and that anyone would love to be your friend, and be ready to learn new ways of life. This will help you make friends more easily than you could imagine.

5. Live Your Dreams

There’s nothing more to living well than living the life you desired. Live and explore your new location. Those beautiful moments you had in your dreams of being in America, visiting the most beautiful places, having fun and making your life worthwhile- bring them to reality now. The world belongs to you, and you have lots of the best choices to make, so make them and live your life.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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