It’s nearing the end of 2018 and the new year is right around the corner! Many are starting to reflect on the year that they’ve had and how they can improve. New year resolutions are being formed as we speak! Maybe yours is to “travel more” in the coming new year? Or maybe it’s to “be more productive”? Well, why not both? If you’re one of the lucky souls that are not confined to an office or a strict working schedule, consider yourself blessed. You have all the opportunity to commit to your new year’s resolutions!

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Even if you’re not always traveling, working remotely is a gift in itself because you hold your own time. In addition, no one is forcing you to brave the rush hours. But that also means that you need to hit your targets without constant supervision  Not sure if you’re disciplined enough to take on that challenge? If you’re a digital nomad that’s just starting out, we have some tips that can hopefully help you be productive even while traveling.

Write a to-do list

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This first tip may be overrated but there’s a reason why a lot of articles always mention this: because it works. Making a list gives you a bird’s eye view of all your tasks. There’s a greater chance of you following through with your tasks when you write it down or say it aloud. It creates a sense of accountability to yourself that pushes you to see it through until the end. Writing down your responsibilities allows them to stay in your consciousness longer throughout the day.

Manage deadlines

If you’re about to go on vacation, it’s always best to meet your deadlines before you take off. Sadly, that’s not always the case. Make sure to set realistic dates that you can live up to. It’s good to be optimistic, but it’s more important to keep your promise. It’s just going to stress everyone out if you fail to give your deliverables by the agreed upon date. Even on vacation, remember to stay professional. After all, you’ll want to keep your job after your trip!

Download proper apps and tools

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Remember to have productivity apps installed on your gadgets. It’s going to be a lifesaver especially when you can’t access your laptop. Most of the time, the mobile app is ten times more user-friendly and easier to use compared to the mobile site. Trust me, you don’t want to be fumbling around on your phone when the going gets tough. It’s easy to get flustered especially when there’s an urgent matter at hand. Reduce your worries by making sure you have proper tools on your smartphone or laptop to address work matters. Always have an app for e-mails, collaborations, note-taking, and databases ready at all times.

Set aside a time and place to focus

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Are you an early bird or a night owl? It’s important to know when your brain functions at its peak so you can work more effectively. Some people can work better with music, while others prefer complete silence. Which one are you?

If you have a free day on your itinerary, you can try to go cafe hopping instead. That way, you’re able to explore the city you’re in, try the local food, and be productive all at the same time! That’s like hitting two birds (well, three birds) with one stone!

Use your down time effectively

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Whether you use your flight duration to work or to rest, make sure that your time is not wasted. If you can be productive at the airport, at your hotel, or in transit, then go ahead. You’d much rather use this down time to work than take away precious hours from your well crafted itinerary. Having a good internet connection might be useful as well to help speed things up when it comes to collaboration or research. If you can’t get your work mojo on, then use the time to rest so you can be productive later on.

Accomplish easier tasks first

Looking at your to-do list, some tasks are definitely harder than others. Always try to tick off the easier ones first. This can help motivate you and give you confidence to finish the rest of your to-do list. The important thing is to get the ball rolling. Start small rather than just being gripped with anxiety. As much as possible, try not to multitask. Not only does it cut your productivity in half, you lose your focus as well. The quality of your output is diminished while it takes you twice the amount of time to accomplish it. Just remember, finishing all your tasks earlier means more play time!  

Do you have any productivity tips you swear by? Share them with us in the comments sections!

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