10 marketing experts share their best productivity tips for digital nomads
As the workforce becomes increasingly mobile, more and more people are becoming digital nomads. These individuals work wherever they want, when they want, and for whomever they want. Though these workers have an innate creativity and freedom that many envy, balancing their life in one place with their work in another has proven to be a challenge. To help you navigate this new way of living in the digital age, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite productivity tips from marketing experts.
Justin Herring, YEAH! Local
1) Stick to a Work Schedule
Didn’t we switch to a digital nomad lifestyle to get away from the daily grind?
Yes, but now you have the ability to create your own schedule.
A routine for work such as 2 hours in the morning and 1 hour in the evening can allow for you to explore the rest of the day.
Schedules will preserve your sanity in the long run, even if they aren’t the most exciting of the productivity ideas for working online.
2) Coworking Spaces and Apps For Finding Good Wifi
The Internet is a must as a digital nomad. Finding a good internet connection can be easy with apps on your phone. I have used “Workfrom” with good luck.
Also, you can search for coworking spaces as they usually have good wifi plus you can meet some interesting people.
3) Make Use of Top-of-the-Line Equipment
Making sure you have working equipment is another crucial step in increasing your productivity as a digital nomad.
You require good quality products because you use your laptop and smartphone pretty much all day, every day, seven days a week.
I would splurge a little on a better laptop and phone to make sure you are always up and running. Fixing your laptop or phone is not something you want to deal with.
These tips should help with your productivity as a digital!
Mike Obradovic, MA Team Agency
Freelancing can be an empowering and lucrative career path, but it’s not for everyone.
There are some who thrive in the freedom of being their own boss. But, productivity can be a challenge for everyone, especially if you’re working remotely or on the go. Luckily there are plenty of tips and tricks that successful remote workers use to stay productive so they keep earning while still enjoying life!
If I have to give you one advice it would be – find an office space with good wifi.
Having a place where you can focus on your work and not be interrupted by outside noise or distractions is crucial for productivity. Many nomads work from home offices, but productivity can suffer when you’re working in an isolated space for long periods of time. A shared office with other people around is often enough to make it feel like a more professional setting that will keep your productivity levels high.
There are some places that have coworking spaces built into them, such as Co-Merge in Bali and the Hubud co-working space in Ubud.
If you’re not able to find one of those types of spots where you are living or traveling through then consider renting short-term accommodations nearby so at least there’s somewhere convenient to go if needed.
Dima Suponau, Number For Live Person
If you are a digital nomad, the skill you will need the most is time management. You need to fulfil all your tasks while being outside the office, distracted by many things and struggle with losing focus span. The best way to get your things done and have breaks to refresh your mind is using Pomodoro technique.
You will focus for 25-30min and then have a 5-min break to drink coffee, do some stretching, use a bathroom or go outside for some fresh air. After 6 sprints, you may want to have a longer break to eat lunch. Using Pomodoro helps you to keep your focus during working time and establish regular breaks to keep your eyes, and body healthy instead of being stuck in front of the computer and harming yourself by trying to focus for too long.
Jeff Solomon, Markup Hero
Working remotely has changed everything for so many workers. In many ways working from home has been a positive change, but with that comes a need to design new systems for productivity. As a seasoned marketing professional I had to develop different strategies to be effective in a remote environment. One of the most important areas I needed to evolve was in how I communicated with colleagues, partners, and customers. Using video conferencing tools like Zoom of course, but even in how I send emails, chat in Slack, create documents in Notion or add tasks in Asana. It’s critical for me to be able to explain complex ideas in less time and with less words. Tools like Loom are great for video QA or feedback. And of course I use my own tool, Markup Hero, daily to screenshot and annotate images and documents.
One of the practices I’ve begun using more in this remote work environment is documenting repeat processes. In the past I would rarely write down the steps I take to do many of my frequent activities related to marketing, customer support, sales and product management. In the past, if I needed to train anyone on these systems, I could easily jump in a conference room and walk someone through them. But that’s much harder over Zoom or in Slack. So I create very clear, step by step, documentation on these things so that I can quickly train and onboard new employees or advise clients I consult with. I suspect most professionals don’t take the time to do this, but it pays dividends. Both in terms of scaling my own time, but also in better understanding and optimizing the work I do day in and day out.
J. Olof Stefenson, Drag
If your team uses Gmail and has an email-driven routine, you have to try Drag. Leave behind the days of forwarding messages, copy pasting and switching tabs all the time.
Drag turns your Gmail into a comprehensive workspace. It adds shared inboxes and boards where emails can be used as cards. You can assign tasks, add notes and files to the email card as you move it through the workflow board. When the time comes to answer the email everything is right there available for your team.
Get your productivity to the next level by joining your task management tool to your email client.
Natalya Bucuy, LiveHelpNow
Find a structure that motivates you. Working remotely gives you the freedom to adjust your routines to your own live rhythm. Do you need time to “warm up” in the morning? Start with easy tasks, such as responding to emails. Do you do your best deep work after that first cup of coffee? Dive right in and leave smaller tasks for later.
Do you experience a mid-afternoon downward spiral of energy? Guess what? Take a nap! Studies show that a quick mid-day nap can recharge you and boost your productivity. (Why do you think so many cultures practice the magic of Siesta? So much better than struggling and pushing yourself through with little results!)
Sometimes little adjustments, such as a quick yoga session at lunchtime, a jog, a 5-min stretch or a mini-dance party at the top of each hour can also do wonders for our productivity and motivation. Experiment and find things that work for you and motivate you.
Michael Batalha, Emercury
- Learn to love your inbox
If you can’t stand the sound of your inbox in the morning, you should turn it off. At least for a few hours. Yes, we all know the importance of staying on top of our email and keeping in contact with our clients, but most of us are overwhelmed and can’t get into that mental state that allows you to really focus on your work. By giving yourself permission to put off unimportant emails for a few hours, you can find yourself much more productive when you finally do open that inbox.
- Avoid the temptation of constantly checking email
Being constantly connected to the internet can be beneficial and motivating at first, but it can also be a major drain on your productivity. The problem with email is that it often keeps your mind occupied with a nonproductive task, which can leave you distracted and inefficient. Rather than constantly checking your email, set up your inbox to refresh every 5 minutes to keep your mind free of distractions. If you need a quick reminder or task from someone, assign them a set time to respond.
Nadiia Shevelieva, Trust
Create an environment that lets you work effectively
“Problems occur when people try to work from home when they’re away from their homesite, or even their coffee shops. Try to avoid making a new habit out of work. Instead, start with an environment that encourages productivity. Consider creating a housekeeping file system in your work email or Google Drive account.
This lets you keep important tasks or information in one place so that you can easily find it whenever you need it. After setting this up, spend some time organizing your email inbox, and set up a mobile calendar so that you can schedule meetings without wasting time waiting for a phone to ring. Your email system will help you stay organized and productive. As long as you remember to return things to their proper places, your inbox shouldn’t get out of hand.
Vidyarthi Ram, Rank Care
Working from home or a remote location is a challenging job when people around you don’t understand your work and job importance. Some of them might wonder if you are still working. So it depends on you who understands the importance of your time and work. The simple tips is –
Create a protocol for every activity which comes around you –
Working as a digital nomads, makes you a boss of yourself. You might be living among your friends and family who might not understand the importance of your work. So here you have work and life both together. So you should make a protocol( Some certain set of rules) for every activity which comes around you and tell everyone who lives around you for a while. It will make your work easier and people happier and ultimately increase your productivity.
Marcin Stryjecki, Booksy
My productivity is crucial for the whole department in my company, so I need to be an example for my employees. Productivity, time management and task management tools market is growing, and it would be really reckless to stick with the methods from the previous decade. Being flexible and testing new ways to increase productivity level is essential in being in top-notch form for your company.
When I see a new tool or app entering the market, I often give it a try and take advantage of the free trial to check if this one is better than the one I’m currently using. Some tools are really great in updates and keeping their app up-to-date, while others stick with their one method and start to be a little rusty.