“You’re so lucky, I bet it’s like you’re on holiday all the time” is a phrase I hear a lot from people who have no experience of the digital nomad life. Although it’s annoying when people think we don’t work hard and are continuously jollying around the world, you can’t blame them. Most nomads have to work really hard (and cleverly) to maintain their lifestyle and thus motivation to work is critical.
Here are some great tips to stay motivated with work, while you travel and experience life as a digital nomad.
Keeping to a routine (as much as possible) will help you to work in a balanced and regular way. Set certain times for checking emails (checking too much can waste a lot of time) and stick to your routine while settled in a location for a set period of time.
Work Life Balance
Although work is critical, you should be making time to experience the place and culture which you have immersed yourself in. Schedule time in your routine for getting out and about seeing places and socialising.
Get ready for tomorrow
Productive nomads end each day by preparing for the next day’s work. This practice accomplishes two things: it helps you solidify what you’ve accomplished in your work routine today, and it ensures that you’ll have a productive work session tomorrow. It only takes a minute or so!
“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” –Benjamin Franklin
“Eating a frog” is an antidote for procrastination, in which nomads start each morning (or work session) with this least tasty treat. In other words, they do the least appetizing, most dreaded tasks on their to-do list before they do anything else. This is a great technique for being ultra productive.
Learn to say “No”
No is a powerful word that productive and motivated nomads are not afraid to use when needed. They avoid phrases such as I don’t think I can or I’m not certain. Saying no to a new commitment or request from somebody gives you the opportunity to successfully fulfill your current commitments before you move onto new ones. Obviously this is very subjective however learning to say “no” can keep you really productive when you need to be. Research conducted at the University of California shows that the more difficulty that you have saying “no”, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression.
Go off the radar
Don’t be afraid to go off the radar when you need to. Give a trusted person a number to call in case of emergency, and let that person be your filter for the day. Everything has to go through them, and anything they don’t clear has to wait until your are back in your work routine. This strategy is a bulletproof way to complete high-priority projects or to balance your working life with some much needed me time.