Imagine, that instead of doing work from a crowded, small office, you get to work on your computer while laying on a beach somewhere in Asia!
I mean, what more can you ask for? This is the perfect work environment, right?
Because as perfect as it might seem, it is just too perfect to actually get any work done.
So what you have to think about before becoming a digital nomad is how you are going to get any work done, while traveling all those amazing places you look forward to visiting.
This is where I suggest you learn from my experience!
You know, not to make the mistakes that I have over the course of the past 4 or 5 years.
My tips for productivity
It is important to keep in mind that there are some simple things you can do, to make your work a lot more productive when you are traveling and working at the same time.
Plan your work for tomorrow
Always plan your work ahead.
The best thing to do is to list the things you need to do for the next day. Simply because after waking up, you’ll already know what needs to be done.
I know, it seems like you could simply wake up every morning and then figure out what you want to do with your day and only then find some time for the work that should be done. But what happens, is that you will be eager to relax, instead of doing work.
If you plan for tomorrow, there are really no options for you but to do the things that need to be done, because you already know what to do exactly right now.
Rather than procrastinating 2 hours with making a TO-DO list in the most productive time of day – morning.
Put bigger tasks in to-do lists
Setting up a to-do list is always a good idea. But don’t fill it up with the little things, that you are doing from day to day.
If you are planning your work for the next day, there is no need to put these in your to-do list. The best thing to do is to create a to-do list with the bigger stuff. Like certain deadlines for milestones of the projects, you are working on.
This will allow you to follow thru all of the things going on in your work life and you’ll have a clear picture of the things that you should be doing.
Balance between travel and work
Of course, there is no doubt that you are doing all of this to travel. But in order to do that, work needs to be done.
Not to get carried away with traveling too much or just working all the time, find the perfect balance between both.
You know, spend each day while doing both working and exploring. This will always keep you productive and excited about what you are doing.
And there is no doubt that even some small adventures will give you the motivation you need, to get some serious work done.
Find places to work throughout the city
Keeping yourself productive is all about how you feel. And there is no doubt that you want to avoid sitting inside all day where you have to do your work and never see what’s going on outside.
The best thing to do is to plan your work in chunks, that has to be done. And then find different places throughout the city, where you could get these things done. This will keep you moving all day long and excited about what is going on around you.
Go into work mode
Ok, so you know what needs to be done and you have found a way to move around while doing different parts of your work.
However, when you are actually on your computer, shut down everything else around you!
To do the best you can, you have to go into your work more and avoid taking a break or some minor things that are disturbing you. Once you start looking around and enjoying the view or something like that, you will lose productivity, there is no doubt about that.
Sleeping on the beach and working doesn’t go well together.
I am pretty sure that all digital nomads have done this. Taken their computer to the beach or side of the pool where they could relax and answer some e-mails or do something minor like that. It certainly seems a great thing to do.
But there is a small chance that you will actually get anything done.
Plus, you can barely see your computer screen with all the sun.
Instead, just enjoy the time you have off the computer and relax. So that when going back into work mode, you could do just that and not worry about anything else.
Keep in mind timezones
When moving around all the time and visiting different countries, it is easy to forget that people you work with are living in different time zones. And sometimes this makes a huge difference.
What is a great time for you to send e-mails, might mean that you will only receive an answer the next day!
Keep this in mind when planning out your day. This will allow you to be more productive when working with freelancers or other people that you are keeping regular contacts with.
Choose Airbnb over Hotels if needed
This is not something that should be done on regular basis, but only when working on larger projects that need to be done sometime soon.
You see, hotels are not made for productivity. There are just too many distractions that will keep you off being productive. Grabbing a quick snack means running down to the cafe if you are staying in a hotel! And this will ruin your work mode all the way.
When deadlines of large projects are coming up, find a nice Airbnb that will allow you to keep yourself off anything that could ruin your productivity.
Here, grabbing a quick snack will mean you only have to make a couple of steps to the kitchen.
Always do what matters
Most importantly, do what actually matters and keep yourself happy with the work that you do.
You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where work is becoming something, that ruins your experience of traveling the world.
Work and travel should always be in a balance, that allows you to make the best for both.