For digital nomads, the freedom to travel and work from anywhere can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it is the perfect opportunity to see new places and experience different cultures. On the other hand, it can be difficult to stay productive and maintain a healthy work-life balance while on the road. So how can you have the best of both worlds?
Will Cotter is the founder of FreshSpace, a professional cleaning company, and manages a remote-first workforce with members from different countries worldwide. In this article, he shares some of his strategies to stay productive while traveling as a digital nomad.
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Strategies for staying productive while traveling as a digital nomad
I count myself lucky to have been blessed with the opportunity to travel the world while managing a remote-first workforce with members from different countries. But let me tell you, it's not always easy to stay productive while traveling! With distractions and new experiences happening all around you, it can be tough to focus on work.
After years of trial and error, I was able to come up with a few strategies that have helped me stay focused and productive while leading a digital nomad lifestyle and managing a local cleaning business. I would like to share those strategies with you today.
Stay on top of your game by creating and sticking to a schedule
One of the keys to staying productive while traveling is setting a schedule and sticking to it. I know, I know, the whole point of traveling is to break free from the daily grind and be spontaneous. But trust me, having a schedule will help you stay on track and ensure that you have enough time to see the sights and still get your work done.
I like to set a schedule for when I'll work and when I'll play, breaking it down into 20 or 30-minute chunks of time for an entire day. This helps me to focus on my work when I need to, and then enjoy my travels without worrying about unfinished tasks. Here are a few other time management tips you can explore.
So go ahead and create a schedule that includes designated work hours, breaks, and time for exploring your new surroundings. By having a schedule, you'll be less likely to get caught up in the excitement of travel and neglect your work.
Make your days more efficient by creating a routine for yourself
Another way to stay productive while traveling is by creating a routine. This can be something as simple as setting aside time every morning to check your emails and make your to-do list for the day.
It's also helpful to have a designated workspace, whether it's a hotel room or a co-working space. With a regular routine and a designated workspace, you will be able to create a sense of normalcy for yourself and make it easier to focus on your work. As you do this, remember to closely track your time and activity to boost your productivity even more.
Find a good balance between work and play
One of the biggest challenges of traveling as a digital nomad is finding a good balance between work and play. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of exploring new places and forget about your responsibilities. On the other hand, it's also easy to get caught up in work and miss out on all the amazing experiences that come with traveling!
I've found that it's important to make time for both work and play. Personally, I schedule my work in the morning, and then I spend the rest of the day exploring and enjoying my surroundings. It's all about finding that perfect balance for yourself.
Use technology to stay connected
In today's digital age, it's easier than ever to stay connected while traveling. There are a plethora of apps and tools that can help you stay in touch with your team, collaborate on projects, and stay organized. Some of my favorites include Slack, Asana, and Google Meet. These tools allow me to stay connected with my team and get work done while on the go.
Learn to say no
Lastly, one of the most important things I've learned while traveling as a digital nomad is to learn to say no. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of new experiences and say yes to everything. But this can quickly lead to feeling overwhelmed. It's important to know your limits and be selective about what you say yes to. This is how you will stay focused and productive while on the road.
Sometimes, you might even have to say no to things that you like doing in order to stay productive. I’ve had to decline a few invitations to go out partying, or to join an impromptu trip to a nearby city because I had deadlines to meet. And while it was hard to decline those invitations, I knew that I had to prioritize my work and make sure that I was meeting my obligations. This is essential if you want to stay focused on your work without sacrificing other aspects of your life. Learning to say no has tremendously helped me to stay on track and ensure that I was able to get my work done while still enjoying my travels.
It is true that traveling as a digital nomad can be a challenging and exciting experience. However, it is also important to try to find a way to balance work and play. With the tips and tricks outlined here, including setting a schedule, creating a routine, using technology to stay connected, and learning to say no, you can stay productive while still enjoying all the amazing experiences that come with traveling.
Lastly, don't forget to take care of yourself while traveling as a digital nomad. Make sure you're getting enough sleep, eating well, and staying active. These small things will help keep you energized and focused, which will ultimately help you be more productive.
Personally, one of the biggest lessons I have learned while on this journey is that staying productive while on the go is all about finding what works for you. Everyone's different, and what works for me may not work for you. Hopefully, though, these tips will give you the perfect starting point for your own situation. Just tweak them a bit to suit your needs. Good luck!
It is true that traveling as a digital nomad can be a challenging and exciting experience. However, it is also important to try to find a way to balance work and play.
Founder of FreshSpace