Staying productive is difficult in the office, however, it’s even more difficult for digital nomads. As digital nomads are often traveling from place to place, having a set workspace isn’t possible. Thus, staying productive without a dedicated workspace is a challenge! Below are several productivity tips for digital nomads with different workspaces.
Try to set your to-do list for the next day at the end of your workday. By doing this you already know about any meetings, deadlines, or must-do activities before you set up your computer. This can be a huge stress reliever, especially on travel days. It also allows you to plan out activities for the next day. For example, if you have a zoom meeting you may have to stay in your room, but if there are only editing tasks you could work from a café.
To improve your productivity while traveling, consider using task batching. This means grouping types of activities together at certain times of the day. For example, booking any calls for the morning when you are in your room, or for evenings when you have access to a co-working space. Utilize your time effectively to make the most of the digital nomad work-travel lifestyle.
Waiting at the airport, flights, bus trips, and train trips are all part of the nomadic traveling life. However, a travel day doesn’t need to be unproductive. Instead, use this time to organize files, and work on tasks that don’t require the internet. You can also utilize the free wifi at airports or terminals, just don’t forget to use a secure VPN to protect you and your work. By utilizing your travel time, you can have more time to explore once you arrive.
One of the best ways to increase your productivity while traveling is to switch up your workspace. Consider working somewhere different each day, even if it’s just the lobby of a hotel or a new café. The change in scenery can help motivate you and even inspire some additional creativity. Plus, you can see even more of the local culture wherever you are.
When traveling, you should always ensure you have backup power sources. This is especially important on travel days, when you may not check in to new accommodation until late in the day. Ensure your devices are fully charged and that you have portable power banks available. This will allow you to get your work done no matter where you are, and help reduce the stress of trying to find somewhere to plug in. Additionally, having backup power sources allows you to continue your productivity as you do not need to move locations to plug in and charge your devices.
Using Google Maps can help you to plan out possible work locations. Check the area around your hotel, hostel, or Airbnb before you get there. Locate co-working spaces, cafes, libraries, bookshops, and other places to possibly work from. This allows you to save time wandering when you first arrive and are looking for a place to work. Some co-working spaces also require a reservation, so doing your research will always benefit you and your productivity.
As a digital nomad, preparation is always key, especially when it comes to working remotely. Use the productivity tips above to improve your workflow and get more done even while traveling the world.