If you are considering taking that leap towards working remotely, here are eight tips to help you to make the best of it. In 2020, there were about 10.9 million digital nomads from the US. Pieter Levels, the founder of NomadList, predicts that by 2035, we will have a billion digital nomads globally. The trend of working remotely will not stop or slow down. It is becoming the new normal.
Reliable Wi-Fi is a must for success working remotely. The more remote you choose to work, the harder it may be to get reliable Wi-Fi. I recall a year while working on an Island in Greece, where power outages were a regular occurrence. It was extremely frustrating for meeting deadlines.
According to research conducted by Project Untethered, over half of digital nomads (52%) rated finding reliable Wi-F as one of the top challenges of the nomadic lifestyle.
If you are traveling alone as a digital nomad, working and living in a safe environment is a must. If you are working from a place where there are few people who speak your language, how will you be able to get any help if you needed help? Most places that are welcoming of digital nomads have service providers that speak some level of English.
This is another must-have if you want to work and travel at the same time. If you are coming from North America and intending to work in Europe or Asia, the power sources have a different voltage from what you have in your home country. You need an adaptor in order to plug in your computer cord. I usually take two global adaptors with me when I travel for work.
Stick With A Routine
If you want to ensure the highest level of work productivity, stick with a routine. For example, work from 9 to 12, have a short lunch break and continue working for another two or three hours.
However, because of time zone differences, the hours in which you choose to work will depend on your work and who you are working for.
For example, if you are working for an American company based out of New York but you’re living in Bali, and must make conference calls. Your routine will have to adapt to the different time zones.
Keep to your rituals. Maintaining rituals is key to keeping you anchored. Keep regular sleeping hours, exercise and regular meals.
One reason most people choose to work remotely is for the flexibility and freedom it gives them. But it’s easy to forget to take time off work to enjoy the life you want. Sitting at a cafe by the beach is great, but do also remember to spend time on the beach and in the ocean! Not just work near it.
If your job requires you to work online, then it is essential you take breaks by going offline. Don’t spend six hours working from the computer, only to spend the next six hours on social media.
Spend extended periods of time in one city rather than hopping from city to city within a short period. Travel time can eat up into your day. And it takes time to recover from the strain of traveling. For example, if you’ re working in Thailand, don’t spend two weeks working in Bangkok, two weeks in Chiangmai and one week in Pattaya. If possible, spend six months in one place! This is what it means to be traveling slow.
Build A Community
By spending time in one place, you are better able to build community. We all need community and connection. Traveling to a new place can be both adventurous and isolating. Anchor yourself with a community. It will make your life that much richer.
So, for a variety of reasons, you want to travel and work at the same time. Maybe, you’d like the freedom to work where ever you want, whenever you want. Or, like me, you’re tired of the corporate grind and the rain in the “wet coast.” Being prepared ensures your move to work location-free is a successful one!
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