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Juggling work and travel isn’t always easy. Hopefully, these digital nomad tips will help you live the lifestyle more successfully and have more fun doing so…
For many digital nomads, the prospect of working on the beach with the sun on your skin and a stunning view is half the reason for living the way they do. However, it can get old fast. Your skin starts to burn; the sun is in your eyes making it impossible to see your screen and the rowdy guys across the beach are distracting you from your duties. It’s time to think rent office space, find a quiet coffee shop or check into a co-working space. You’ll have air conditioning, peace and quiet and the ability to meet other digital nomads who may be able to throw some extra work your way, and you can still work on the beach occasionally.
One of the first things you should do when you decide to become a digital nomad is to work out when you are most productive. Once you know this, you can create a work/play/travel schedule that plays to your strengths and maximizes your enjoyment of the lifestyle without letting the quality of your work suffer.
If you don’t want to annoy your clients, and you do want to get lots of repeat work, it’s important to be mindful of time zones, especially when you’re traveling. As a digital nomad, you could be working for a whole host of people located all over the world, which makes sticking to and meeting deadlines a bit more difficult, but if you always check the time zones, you should be fine.
The mistake that a lot of newbies to the nomadic lifestyle make is that they spend too much time partying and having fun and too little time working. This might serve them well for a while, but eventually, the money will dry up, and they’ll be in a tight spot, perhaps they’ll even have to abandon their new lifestyle completely. Don’t let this be you. Write a schedule and stick to it. Contact clients and send out pitches daily and actually do the work you’ve been given. If you find it hard, remind yourself of all the benefits of your new lifestyle and your resolve will strengthen.
Last, but by no means least, you should always do your research when moving to a new place. Find out what the laws are there, which places are safe, where the best work spaces are, what the deadliest animals look like etc. Doing all of this research might sound like a bummer, but it will go a long way to ensuring that you have a good as a digital nomad, and more importantly, that you live to tell the tale.
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