The Internet has famously disrupted the ways in which conventional business models worked, with the result being that ever-increasing numbers of people have been finding themselves working remotely, with a heightened degree of independence as a result. Although various industries were reluctant, until recently, to make concessions towards remote working, the global COVID-19 pandemic has certainly shaken things up and changed the situation. If anything, it now seems that remote working is set to become a virtually universal norm in many industries, rather than an exception to the rule. What’s more, as global travel begins to pick up again, many people are undoubtedly going to take up their long-time dreams of joining the Digital Nomad life, and working remotely from the road. But whether you are looking to Rent condo in Cheangwattana, or backpack from place to place, it can be a real challenge to remain productive when working remotely, away from home.
Here are a few tips for staying productive from anywhere in the world:
Do what you can to keep a regular schedule
Travel – and even just being away from home in general – can really disrupt your normal everyday routines and schedule. Unfortunately, it’s those everyday routines and schedules that provide a lot of the structure to our lives that we depend on, in order to reliably get things done, and to stay structured and on top of our obligations.
If you find yourself in an exciting and distant new land – and especially if you are routinely moving from place to place – it can be very easy to let the idea of a “regular schedule” go out of the window altogether. After all, there are sights to see, things to do, and experiences to have at all times of the day and night. If you want to be productive, however, you absolutely must do what you can to keep a regular schedule. Try to wake up at the same time every day – and to go to sleep at the same time, more or less, every night. Have set hours when you start and stop work, and defend your schedule as much as you can. When all is said and done, productivity often depends on these habitual routines.
Especially if you have a busy day lined up, capitalise on the early morning hours
Many entrepreneurs and business gurus swear by the value of the early morning hours for general productivity. And there are some really good reasons for that. When you are travelling, you will likely be excited to get out and about as often as possible, to see as many things as possible, and to absorb a vast array of different experiences from day-to-day. You almost certainly haven’t gone abroad just so that you can stay in your apartment all day every day, and go home in the end without having accumulated so much as a single new memory or experience. One thing this means, is that there will tend to be a lot of temptation for you to get out of the house in the afternoon and evening, in order to take advantage of the sights and attractions of the area. Waking up early, and getting several hours of focused, quality work done before the day really gets up and running, is a brilliant way of ensuring productivity whilst allowing yourself opportunities for adventure.
Make sure you are sleeping and eating properly
Some people, when travelling, end up falling into irregular and unhealthy eating patterns, and experience disrupted or a regular sleep, as well. Unfortunately, researchers have found that both of these situations inhibit willpower, reduce cognitive function, and make you far less likely to be as productive and effective as you would almost certainly want to be. Although it might be difficult, you should make sure that you are sleeping and eating properly while travelling. Don’t just rely on occasional snacks on the road, and don’t put yourself into a state of sleep deprivation in order to get more done.
Use tools and systems you can trust for organising your workflow and creating clarity
Especially when things might be a bit chaotic around you, you have to use tools and systems that you can trust, for organising your workflow and creating clarity during your working day. This means a task management program that strikes the right balance between functionality and ease-of-use. It also means always knowing what you should be working on next.