As a freelance writer, blogger and traveller I often find it challenging to organize myself. Pair it up with being a wife and mother of three kids, and you’ll see that my struggle is real 🙂 Productivity for digital nomads is a tough thing. It’s hard to create a working environment at home and it’s so easy to get distracted when you’re in a new place. I’m constantly trying to balance my family life, freelance writing, travelling, blogging and everything that comes with it – managing my social media channels, working with brands, answering emails and blog comments, editing photos… oh, don’t even let me get started! 😀
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Creating a schedule
However, over the years I’ve figured out several ways to stay productive as a digital nomad. No matter how spontaneous you’re, creating a schedule (and actually sticking to it!) is the key. Of course, one of the biggest advantages of working remotely is the possibility of choosing comfortable hours to work on your projects. After all, we’re here to escape the infamous 9 to 5 work schedule, aren’t we?
However, having set hours leads to a better time management and, therefore, to enhanced productivity for digital nomad. Try to figure out what timings work for you and build your schedule accordingly. Is your mind particularly active in the morning? Wake up at the break of dawn and get your work complete by the midday. Do you usually feel fresh and alert at night? Don’t hesitate to create a night work schedule. Are your energy levels at their highest in the afternoon? Well, you’ve got the message.
As for me, I don’t have much of a choice. Being a young mom, the only time I can work is when my kids are asleep – it means at night. At least they’re already big enough to sleep through the night, he he. For many years I didn’t have this privilege. So, I start working at around 10 pm and keep writing, editing, uploading, publishing and what not until 3 or 4 am. Then I go to sleep and wake up when the kids have their breakfast, kindly given to them by my mother-in-law. And it’s not uncommon for me to have a nap with Ares, my youngest one, when he sleeps after lunch.
Other tips on productivity for digital nomads include:
Having a comfortable working place
Of course, there is no question of creating a dedicated working space when you’re on the road, but having a table or desk in a quieter part of your house is a must. Whether it’s in the kitchen, your bedroom or on the balcony, having a comfortable working place will put you in the right frame of mind in order to work productively. If it’s absolutely impossible to create such space in your house, working for a few hours in a cafe with steady wifi might be a good solution.
Taking small breaks
If you find yourself rereading the same sentence for the fifth time and still being far from actually getting it, it’s time for a break. Have a cup of coffee, walk around a bit or do some simple exercises. Look out of the window and gaze at a distant object – it will relax the focusing muscle of your eyes to lessen fatigue.
Selecting projects with caution
Unfortunately, there are lots of scammers out there preying on trusting freelancers. If you’re new to the field, I’d recommend working through reliable freelance platforms like UpWork or PeoplePerHour in order to avoid scams. Yes, they take their cut from your earnings, but it’s a small price to pay for the peace of your mind – there is no chance of not being paid for your work. Working for random employers who approached you online leads to an increased risk of your time being wasted. Be careful. After all, working hard and not being paid has nothing to do with productivity.