Being a digital nomad may sound like a dream come true. You travel more than most people get a chance to, immerse in vivid cultural experiences, embark on thrilling adventures and the world appears to be your oyster. However, remote workers and digital nomads are under pressure to assemble a unique productivity puzzle.

They struggle to keep alert, awake and concentrated because getting the work done from cafés, hotel lobbies, deck chairs and other unusual places does not come easy. Here is how to overcome these obstacles on the road to success and attain business greatness.

The art of planning

First, choose your location. Do a thorough research about the places where you want to work. For example, if you want to work remotely in Australia, you should know what to expect.

Second, plan your calendar and create a to do list ahead of time. Tackle tasks one at a time and plan your day around chunks of work. Avoid opening a slew of tabs and steer away from multitasking.

This practice forces your brain to switch to different tasks back and forth, which is certainly not the most efficient use of your time. Instead, plan your work pace for the day according to chunks of similar work. There are also excellent techniques such as Pomodoro that make you take scheduled breaks throughout your workday.

Planning a trip

Time management

Try to figure out the time of day when you are the most productive. We all have different circadian rhythms: some people are morning larks while others are night owls. In any event, staying in tune with it goes a long way in enhancing your overall productivity.

Likewise, get into time management and remember to make the most of your travel time. Many nomads work while waiting at an airport or sitting on a train for hours. Also, bear in mind that time management apps can be of great help as well.

Locate zones of productivity

Find a reliable place whenever you hit a new city. This requires you to do an online research and read what other nomads’ take on a particular space is. Keep in mind that you need power, ample light, ergonomic furniture, a solid Wi-Fi connection and a great ambience.

It is possible to find all that and much more in coworking spaces that are emerging across the globe. Business hubs offer plenty of networking opportunities. I would not overlook Airbnb accommodations either as they can also offer a suitable workspace.
Man using tablet

In balance

Getting completely engrossed in work is fine sometimes, but it can take a toll on our mental and physical health in the long run. Thus, set aside enough time so that you can recharge your batteries and avoid burnout.

Leave some time for exploring the new city. Head out, get in touch with locals, try the local cuisine and discover hidden gems. Be proactive about meeting others because the life of a nomad can be a solitary path. It is also advisable to set aside some time for physical activity and move around as much as you can. Running is one of the best things you can do since it connects sightseeing and physical activity. Also, there are various running apps to help you along the way. 

Employ tools of the trade

Finally, tool up and put together a killer digital productivity arsenal. For example, utilize World Clock Google Calendar to schedule tasks, platforms like Trello to create to-do lists, and currency converters to stay on top of the numbers game.

Google My Map can help you import and save workplace names and addresses. On the other hand, online translators come in handy when you need to read a menu or street signs. Feel free to explore the vast landscape of apps and find those that are tailored to your specific needs.

Best of both worlds

Maintaining the high productivity level can be a daunting task when you are constantly on the move. So, do not leave things to chance and give structure to your work habits. Plan your workspaces as well as your days in advance.

Get chunks of work done and use productivity tools to take efficiency to the next level. Try to network with other business people and entrepreneurs. Take your time to unwind every now and then. Achieve a fine work-life balance and work in a way that is both healthy and productive.

Posted by David Wiliam Webb