As a digital nomad, you are changing your workspace every day/week/month, which makes productivity a little trickier than those working out of a permanent space everyday.
Here are a few specific things that help us adjust to every new place and space, and hopefully it will help you too in increasing your productivity.
1. Plan your day in sections
The best thing about being a digital nomad and working remotely is the ability to control our own working hours, and adding some touristy things to do in the mix everyday. My daily schedule is typically sectioned into morning exercise/sightseeing and late afternoon-evening work time. This also keeps me from going out alone at night, which in some cities can be rather dangerous for a solo woman to walk around at night.
It also helps when you know you have a tendency to work for long hours at a stretch. Having a rough schedule tells you when to get up and get out of the house even just to walk around for an hour.
2. Plan for tomorrow before you go to bed
Instead of spending time each morning figuring out your next meeting or what to prioritize, try planning your to do list the night before. Having a “tomorrow” list is a top productivity tip used by many successful entrepreneurs.
3. Try the Pomodoro technique
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. The idea is that taking short, scheduled breaks while working eliminates the “running on fumes” feeling you get when you’ve pushed yourself too hard.
4. Start a “productivity” club
Just like how social accountability works for a group of friends trying to exercise and lose weight, social accountability also helps with work productivity. Gather a group of friends or other digital nomads and start a productivity club, or even a productivity day.
5. Close your Facebook tab/Silence your phone
More often than not, we get distracted by Facebook/Twitter notification/our phones ringing. Just in the span of typing this article, I have checked the Women Digital Nomad’s twitter twice. Oops.
6. Work while traveling on a bus/plane/train
Use your travel time wisely – I use my traveling time to work on tasks that don’t involve wifi, such as writing up my next article or design work.
7. Find reliable work spaces ahead of time
Rather than spending time trying to find coworking spaces or work friendly cafes when you get to a new city, research before hand and perhaps even have a saved Google Map ready. Save time trying to find work spaces by using Women Digital Nomads – we list some work friendly cafes and coworking spaces in each city.