Are you sick of working in an office being stuck at your desk all day? Getting tired of the same, old playlist at your favorite coffee shop? Craving the outdoors?
If you could work from absolutely anywhere, where in the world would you go?
From Bali, Indonesia, to the Oaxacan Coast, Mexico, the tech-driven nature of the 21st century has inspired young people to embrace an adventurous approach to working and build their careers from afar. Being remote is probably the most attractive aspect of the freelancer lifestyle. Provided there’s internet access, they can work basically from anywhere in the world.
Simply by swapping their briefcases and brogues for backpacks and trainers, a growing number of people are taking remote working to a new level. The trend has become increasingly popular, and there’s a term to describe these location independent workers. These globe-trotting creatives are called digital nomads and they are creating a revolution in work freedom.
When you’re living as a digital nomad, the world is your oyster. However, unless you take control of your time, you won’t necessarily get its pearl. But, first things first.
Digital + nomad = ?
Digital nomads are upwardly mobile, tech-savvy young professionals redefining what making a living looks like. In order to work remotely and live an independent and nomadic lifestyle, they leverage technology. Digital nomads depend mostly on a good internet connection, smartphones, and cloud-based technologies for their daily earnings.
Now, if you think being a digital nomad means picking up your laptop and hitting the road, you’re wrong. For many digital nomads, the exciting leap to digital nomadism is vital to creating the lifestyle they want to live, outside the work. The digital nomad lifestyle gives you the freedom to choose a location that best fits your non-work needs, instead of being confined to working in a dingy office. Moreover, the lack of office distractions means that you can get the same work done in less time.
When you become a digital nomad, you’re not just exchanging your cubicle for an exotic locale. You’re taking a fresh approach to the way you live your life.
Why digital nomads need time management
As with everything, remote working has its highs and lows. While it is true that digital nomads have the freedom of calling the road their home, this freedom, however, doesn’t come without a price.
First of all, breaking out of the traditional 9-to-5 mold can be challenging from a psychological point of view. As most of us have a natural aversion to change, moving from place to place with no permanent home can be a hassle, at least initially. Moreover, constant travel can be a lonesome endeavor, particularly when there’s an added language barrier.
Finally, digital nomads often find it difficult to distinguish between their work and leisure time. With so many surreal destinations to harness your wanderlust, who can resist the temptation to procrastinate from work?
In addition to psychological challenges, if your daily routine to keep moving, travelling, and trying out new things, most probably you’ll have to overcome a variety of everyday obstacles, including timezones, visas – and all that while trying to get access to reliable WiFi.
Against this background, it is obvious that figuring out a time management strategy is of the utmost importance for digital nomads.
Time management 101: the digital nomad’s edition
Set goals. Goal setting and time management are a perfect match. When you get up each morning, think of what you would like to accomplish that day, and set goals for yourself. When times get tough, this will keep you going.
Focus on the task at hand. With a bit of luck, and a lot of perseverance, a moment will come when you have more jobs than you can handle. To make the best use of your time, learn how to prioritize your tasks effectively.
Use digital tools to minimize distractions. Whether you bill by hour, or just want to keep track of your spent time a tracking app is a must have. Try to account for every hour of every day. Is the majority of activities billable, or non-billable?
Practice the art of saying “No.” Avoid over-committing your time by learning to say “No” more. Estimate your time generously, and eventually you’ll learn not to ask “how high” the next time someone tells you to jump.
Quit multitasking. It is a truth universally acknowledged that multitasking reduces your efficiency and costs you time. In fact, you can lose up to 40% of your productivity if you multi-task. Wouldn’t you like to get back your productive time?
Are you following the trend of extreme remote working? Share your secret key to proper time management!