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3 tips on how to stay productive as a digital nomad with James Bowen

3 tips on how to stay productive as a digital nomad with James Bowen

3 tips to master your productivity level as a digital nomad

Without a doubt, one of the main challenges as a digital nomad is to stay productive. The nomadic lifestyle comes with a lot of perks. Yet, being surrounded by palm trees and coconuts brings along lots of distractions too. In this article, we are sharing 3 tips on how to boost your productivity level as a digital nomad.

We had a conversation with James Bowen, a High-Performance trainer and Productivity Coach from Toronto, Canada. We talked about the struggles and what we can do in order to master productive days as a digital nomad. He has been traveling around the world as a digital nomad for almost two years but calls Bali for home now.  

To watch the full talk go to our talk or read his three main tips below!

DIGITAL NOMAD TIP #01 – HAVE A DAILY GOAL OR DEADLINE YOU NEED TO HIT NO MATTER WHAT

As a digital nomad, it’s very easy to get lost throughout the day. However, setting a goal or specific deadline for each day will help to compartmentalize your time. It will add some structure and help you stay productive. So, what small changes can you do to ensure that you are reaching those goals?

You can start using a scheduler like Google Calendar. This will help you plan your day in detail and provide you the opportunity to schedule specific time blocks. It shows you where you are dedicating moments of the purpose of getting things done.

We asked in the DND Community what other platforms they use to manage their productivity. Other popular tools are Trello and Notion.

DIGITAL NOMAD TIP #02 – HAVE A MORNING ROUTINE TO BRING YOU IN THE RIGHT STATE OF MIND

A morning routine gives you the ability to manage your state of mind, your moods, and your energies.  And this is why we share productivity digital nomad tips. Every place or city has countless factors that will challenge that. Especially in the Digital nomad capital Canggu there are endless distractions everywhere that try to get you off track and make you fall into temptation. Even though it may be fun, it also makes it harder to start your day off on the right foot the following day. That’s why following a specific morning routine is very helpful. According to James, your morning routine should always involve three things:

  • Learning 🧠
  • Exercise 💪🏼
  • Planning sessions to manage your day 👨🏽‍💻

DIGITAL NOMAD TIP #03 – RUTHLESSLY ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS FROM YOUR DAY

We live in an age where people scream for our attention. On our Facebook feed, the news, Instagram stories, people want to be heard. Especially when working in cafés or co-working spaces we get bombarded with distractions. Your phone pings or your friend drops by for a quick cup of coffee. It’s all fun, however, it makes dedicating your time and energy extremely hard. To boost your productivity level you, therefore, have to eliminate as many of those distractions as possible.

It is quite simple, the more things we engage ourselves in the less energy we will have towards what we need to do. So, for a start, you can close all tabs and social media apps. You want to make sure that no one can talk to you when you are supposed to be working. It may sound a bit tough, but James had a good point and quoted: “Addiction to distractions is the death of creative production”. As digital nomads we create and we build. So, if you are addicted to distractions you are not in a good state to be productive. It takes a lot of effort, but at the end of the day, it will be worth it.

Key Take Aways For Nomads

✅ Eliminate as many distractions as possible 

✅ Set a goal for each day to compartmentalize your time

✅ Use a scheduler like Google Calendar to plan your day in detail

Watch the digital nomad interview with James

The nomadic lifestyle comes with a lot of perks. Yet, being surrounded by palm trees and coconuts brings along lots of distractions too. Watch the full talk to learn how you can boost your productivity level as a digital nomad.

When to take the leap and how to become a Digital Nomad  with Adeline Er

When to take the leap and how to become a Digital Nomad with Adeline Er

A conversation with Adeline about when it’s the right time to start your digital nomad journey

Meet location independent entrepreneur Adeline Er, from Sydney, Australia with Malaysian-Chinese roots. She has been running her digital marketing agency Your Digital Ninja since she quit her job in accounting. She is also running two websites, Not So Basic.Life and TravelGig where she is on a mission to inspire millennials to live life on their own terms.

Adeline started her digital nomad journey in January 2018 and has been working and traveling in Singapore, Shiang Hai, and Hong Kong. In 2018 she arrived in digital nomad hub Canggu, Bali. Her experience started in Ubud to first explore a spiritual journey. She noticed that the entrepreneurial scene is more active in Canggu decided to stay in Canggu instead.

Tips about from digital nomad Adeline

Digital Nomad Tip #01 – Guard your mindset

One of the first things Adeline mentioned in the conversation is to believe in yourself and whatever you want is within you. Mindset is really important, not just for digital nomads but for basically everyone. Many people are thinking about taking the leap and dreaming about traveling and working at the same time. Adeline’s advice is to ask yourself carefully if this lifestyle is really for you before taking action.

Digital Nomad Tip #02 – Dealing with guilt

One of the first things Adeline mentioned in the conversation is to believe in yourself and whatever you want is within you. Mindset is really important, not just for digital nomads but for basically everyone. Many people are thinking about taking the leap and dreaming about traveling and working at the same time. Adeline’s advice is to ask yourself carefully if this lifestyle is really for you before taking action.

“Don’t compare your day number one with someone’s day 562”

Digital Nomad Tip #03 – The comparison trap

There are a lot of ‘successful’ digital nomads, especially in nomad locations like Canggu, Bali. So of course, it’s tempting to look at other people’s success. The truth is that by looking at what other people do and how successful they are, it won’t help you to become successful. You might get inspired and there is nothing wrong with that, in fact, it’s amazing if you feel motivated and inspired by others. On the other hand, looking at others and comparing your day one with someone else’s day number 500 is a totally different thing. Keep in mind that everyone has their journey and all this success didn’t happen overnight.

The right time to take the leap for digital nomads

Taking the leap, runoff and just hop on a flight and start your journey sounds like a dream. It is a commonly asked question when the right time is to become a digital nomad. Adeline’s digital nomad advice is to first ask yourself if this lifestyle might be for you. Another tip from Adeline is to first start with traveling to a digital nomad location such as Bali and get a taste. Other nomad advice is to take care of your finances because you don’t want to run out of money and always think about your safety, especially for solo traveling women.

Key take aways for when you are a starting digital nomad

✅ Don’t feel guilty about living a different lifestyle and wanting other things in life than your family or friends desire

✅ NEVER compare yourself with nomads who have been on the road for a while. 

✅ Have a plan to manage your finances

Watch the full interview with Adeline for more digital nomad tips