Do you work remotely? Are you generally on the move from one location to the next? Or are you just setting up your business from home? Then if you use technology on a regular basis to meet your business goals, you might be classified as a "digital nomad".
What is a "digital nomad"?
Well if you haven't heard of the term by now, this is an individual whose work is location-independent but requires reliable technology to get things done. They could be virtual assistants, social media marketers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, travel bloggers, or hold various other positions. Additionally, as with Ally Basak Russell in Forbes' article "How to Succeed At Becoming a Digital Nomad" , these individuals are likely to work from home, coffee shops, co-working spaces, libraries, or even while traveling. But the main question is this...
How can digital nomads maintain productive habits?
How is it possible to stay on task in a bustling coffee shop or from the comfy confines of home? Simple - you've got to establish a routine and stick to it & today we're going to share 5 productivity hacks that all digital nomads can take wherever they go.
1. Expect Detours - So Plan Ahead
How many times have you ever run into trouble on the road and reluctantly had to turn around? It's no different with work - sometimes things pop up & you're caught off guard. So expect detours and plan wisely. If you're planning to take care of business matters from a local coffee shop one day, but get there to find out that the WI-FI is down, then you need a plan B in place. Either be able to set up a hotspot or have a backup location already in mind. Make use of online productivity tools like Asana (great for checking off lists), Trello (awesome for visual organizers), or even Google Calendar (simple tool for no-fuss scheduling) to plan your day out ahead of time and knock each item off of your list. But, make sure you have everything you need already in place.
2. Make Sure You're Geared Up
Don't leave home, your personal office, or wherever your basecamp is without essential equipment. Make sure to grab your battery, headphones, notebooks, and any other materials or technological devices that are necessary to facilitate your work. It's no fun receiving that red signal indicating your laptop is getting ready to die when you're right in the middle of a project (that you're steady ticking away at). And thirdly, you've got to settle yourself.
3. Plant Yourself
No dirt required, just a simple location where you'll plan to be for several hours or however long it will take you to accomplish your goals. And this can be easier said than done, but it's definitely possible. First, identify a few environments that are conducive and allow you to work with minimal distractions and issues. You can check through Desksnear.Me to help you find a place to work. For me, a place with minimal distractions could be at a table or desk by myself in a library away from the more populated spaces. For some, having that extra bit of noise might be more helpful. Make sure the location culturally works for you and that if need WI-FI or would like to enjoy a cup coffee, then it's there for you. And going back to the tip on distractions, you need to be able to tune out to tune in.
4. Tune Out to Tune In
Yes, this is an oxymoron, but it's true. If there's a person in front of you who's really into a conversation and adds you in, you also need to be able to ease your way out and get back to making progress. As I mentioned earlier, some individuals benefit from background noise to help them get things done, and I can be one of those people too as long as it's not overly distracting. A really neat app that I've tried out is called Coffitivity and it has several sounds in their cafe library that you can choose from that helps you to zone out of your actual environment and into your work. Or if you're a Spotify person and you have a set of songs that help you to be able focus, then turn those on and connect your headphones once you're settled in. But if you're part of a team, don't lose connection.
5. But Stay Connected With Your Team
It's good to keep in touch with your team members to update them on what you're doing, and to also check in to see what they're doing. You're keeping in communication despite your location to make sure you all are on the same page and are working together towards your goals. There are a number of online tools that help facilitate team chats like Slack, HipChat, or Flock. Whether you set aside times for team meetings or communicate through email, this is very important as everyone is kept in the loop.
And those are 5 simple productivity hacks that remote workers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, or travelers can take anywhere. And if you find yourself as a freelancer or entrepreneur who needs online scheduling for appointments or classes, we've got you covered with scheduling software that provides you with essential tools & more advanced features at your fingertips and when you need it.
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Here's to a more productive & focused workday!