How to Maintain Productivity and Motivation When Working Remotely: 5 Ideas to Stay on Track

3 May 2023

While the lifestyle of a digital nomad can be exciting and liberating, it can also present challenges when it comes to staying productive and motivated. Distractions can be everywhere, and it can be hard to focus when in a new country and wanting to explore

Here are five ideas to help you maintain productivity and motivation while working remotely

1. Create a Productive Workspace on the Road

One of the biggest challenges of remote work while travelling is finding a space where you can focus and be productive. If you don’t have a provided coworking space like we do at WorkNomads LAB Hotel, it’s important to create a designated workspace that is free from distractions. Invest in a comfortable portable desk and chair, good lighting, and noise-cancelling headphones if necessary and possible.

Otherwise, you can research if the hostel or Airbnb have desks to work from. Keep your workspace tidy and organized and try to avoid working from your bed or couch – this can make it harder to stay focused and productive.

2. Establish a Routine That Works for You

As a digital nomad, you have the freedom to set your own schedule, but it’s important to establish a routine that works for you. Set aside specific times for work, breaks, and personal activities, and try to stick to a schedule as much as possible. Consider starting your day with exercise, meditation, or journaling to get in the right mindset for work. Also, take advantage of your location and explore your surroundings during your breaks.

3.Stay Connected

Working remotely while travelling can be isolating, so it’s important to stay connected with other digital nomads. If you are staying in a coliving space or hostel it might be easier to find likeminded people but not all accommodation options have a build in community. What you can do is research coworking spaces and network or attend local digital nomad meetups. This will help you feel like you are part of a community and keep you motivated.

Here is a list of some FB groups you can join:

Digital Nomads around the world

Digital Nomads Hub

Digital Nomads

4.Take breaks and prioritize self-care

It’s easy to get caught up in work while travelling, but it’s important to take breaks and prioritize self-care to prevent burnout. Make sure to take regular breaks throughout the workday to recharge and refocus. Go for a walk, try a new local cuisine, or explore a nearby attraction to give your brain a break. It’s also important to prioritize your mental and physical health by getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, and taking time for yourself. This might mean just resting in the accommodation and watching a movie.

5.Use Productivity Tools and Techniques On the Road

There are plenty of productivity tools and techniques that can help you stay on track and focused as a digital nomad. Use time management apps to track your progress and stay organized, create to-do lists to prioritize tasks, and try the Pomodoro technique(The Pomodoro Technique — Why It Works & How To Do It (  to stay focused for short periods of time. Find what works best for you and make it a part of your routine.

In conclusion, being a digital nomad and tackling work and exploration, can be an incredible experience, but it requires discipline and structure to stay productive and motivated. By creating a productive workspace, establishing a routine that works for you, staying connected, prioritizing self-care, and using productivity tools and techniques, you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

Give these ideas a try and see what works best for you – you might be surprised at how much more productive and motivated you can be while working remotely as a digital nomad.

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