How Digital Nomad Business Leaders Can Stay Productive

How Digital Nomad Business Leaders Can Stay Productive

When you’re a digital nomad leader, you often feel like you aren’t productive enough. Whether you’re working with an affordable drop shipping company or independently as a web designer, it can be hard to stay motivated. The digital nomad lifestyle is both a blessing and a disguise. On the one hand, you can work on your own time, wherever you want, and build your whole schedule with a freedom that most people can’t even start to imagine. But at the same time, this means that you need to be disciplined and motivated. And whether you’ve been traveling too much and you’re feeling tired or you’ve worked too hard and you’re suddenly burned out, you might need a little help to get back on track.

Luckily, there are lots of strategies you can use, and one of them is bound to work. Just check out our tips, and you’ll be well on your way to working with the right pace and productivity again.

Get off of social media

One of the worst distractions that all of us face is social media. And when it comes to being a digital nomad, it’s even worse; you can spend all day on Facebook or Instagram, and your boss isn’t going to come over to your desk and check in with you, forcing you to minimize all windows. Instead, you’re your own boss, and it’s easy to give yourself leeway. Most Facebook usersvisit the site at least once a day, and chances are you’re constantly on it if you’re a millennial or Gen Zer.

So put your phone on airplane mode when you’re working. If you need the internet for your work as a web designer or social media manager, block the sites that are most likely to distract you with an app like Freedom or Focus.

Create a work routine–for whenever, wherever

If you’ve ever spent several months in one city, you know how easy it is to work once you create a daily routine. And while it’s super-exciting to travel constantly, and get your work done between flights at the airport (or on flights, if they have wifi), this isn’t exactly sustainable. You’re going to get tired and disorganized, and your work quality will suffer. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you have to email a client in a panic and let them know you can’t meet the work deadline you agreed on.

That’s why having a work routine is so important. Whether you’re in Tbilisi or Paris, Miami or NYC, you need to be able to sit down and get your work down. Choose a coffee you always order and find a coffee shop near where you’re staying where there’s free wifi. If you need, go for a walk beforehand to get in the right headspace, or listen to a playlist that gets you in a working mood. Considering that Spotify had 70 million paying subscribers worldwide at the beginning of 2018, you’re sure to find some music that works.

Additionally, think about joining a coworking community. Some are simply offices; others are living situations that are split up with working spaces so that you’re sharing everything with other nomads. Do some research and find what you prefer in different cities. In addition to giving you space where everyone’s working alongside you and feeling more productive because of solidarity, you can make important business connections that you’d ordinarily have to make online.

Create a calendar for work and fun

In addition to having a work routine, you need to plan your work in larger chunks of time. Especially if you’re off on a big trip, think of taking a day off so that you aren’t working stressed out on the same day you have to catch a flight. And if it’s a new place you’re visiting, you should take a few days off to explore it and make some new friends. The last thing you want is to be working all alone, constantly distracted by the temptations of travel. So give yourself a few days off: you’ll be happier, and less likely to get burned out.

At the same time, schedule days specifically only for work. Plan what days you’re going to have conference calls and deadlines fall way in advance; that way you’re ready, with an Internet connection, on these days. Considering that 81 percent of digital nomads are aged 18-35, many hotels and coworking spaces will provide you with wifi, but it never hurts to check.

These are some of the best ways to stay productive as a digital nomad, especially when you’re on the road. What other strategies do you use to stay productive?


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