While being a digital nomad can be an amazing lifestyle, you may find it difficult to maintain a good work/travel balance. Sure you want to make the most of your travel time, seeing as much of the world as possible, but you also need to get the work done.
Here are some tips for finding that balance.
Set Realistic Expectations for Your Work Schedule
Understanding how much you get done in a given timeframe is key to deciding what can be accomplished on any given day. Keep this in mind when setting goals. Try to, realistically, determine how much time you have to complete each task.
Keeping your schedule flexible will help you work in some travel and exploration time, too.
Staying Focused and Productive on the Road
While traveling, it’s important to find a comfortable and conducive workspace so you can remain productive on the road. Even if you’re working in a coffee shop, co-working space, or hotel room, it helps to have a dedicated workspace that allows you to work efficiently.
It’s important to manage distractions as best you can. Simple things, like turning off your phone and email notifications can certainly help. Noise-canceling headphones can also help if you’re trying to work in a coffee shop or shared office space.
Do your best to stay focused and motivated.
Making Time for Travel and Adventure
Travel and adventure are the reasons you became a digital nomad, right? So, it’s important to plan trips and excursions that you can work into your schedule.
Always take time to relax and recharge by exploring the local culture, trying new restaurants, taking a dip in the ocean (or a pool).
Spending some “you” time will make your work life more enjoyable and that will make you more productive and efficient.
Finding a Support System
Having a support system is important. Being part of a network of like-minded individuals, staying in touch with friends and family, and seeking support from online communities and forums can keep you both motivated AND connected.
In a nutshell, balancing work and travel requires setting realistic goals, remaining focused and productive while also making time for travel and adventure.
With the right approach, you’ll be able to embrace the digital nomad lifestyle and enjoy the best of both worlds – work and travel – while experiencing all the world has to offer.