Working remotely is exciting and quite enjoyable, but sometimes the overbearing, time consuming aspect can become a bit too much to manage at times. There tends to be a common characteristic between most digital nomads: they like to overwork themselves in order to be confident that they will be able to continue living their dreams — being able to travel the world while still making money. And that characteristic is even more common for someone who began their professional career in a typical 9–5 office job. When they realized that their true potential was elsewhere, they decided to ditch their corporate job to become full time digital nomads, promising themselves that they would do anything, even working 10+ hours a day, 7 days a week to avoid having to sit in a cubicle for the rest of their lives.
Although the digital nomad lifestyle can be very time consuming, there are ways to manage your time so you are more efficient and productive no matter what corner of the world you are in. You don’t have to completely give up your work-life balance.
If you are a digital nomad (or are aspiring to be one) try these 7 helpful tools to make your life a little simpler on the road.
Google Suite is the ultimate must-have for digital nomads. Between all of its wide variety of features, you will certainly find something you will be able to incorporate into your business. Maybe you want to easily share and edit documents between an entire team of people, or you want to conduct your weekly meetings — either way, Google does it all.
If you aren’t a big fan of sitting behind your computer to create spreadsheets, you need to check out Airtable. Although fully customizable, you can use templates that they already have to plan content, manage PR, and track projects. And the best part about Airtable is that if you are working with a team of people, you can delegate tasks right through the program, making it easy to organize and keep track of what everyone is accomplishing.
Do you endlessly create lists of things that you need to accomplish throughout the day or goals that you have set for yourself? If your answer is “yes”, you need to check out Asana. Asana is the best tool around to set goals, stay on track, get organized, and successfully meet deadlines. You can mark off when you have accomplished a task, so you know what still needs to be done and what you should be working on right now.
As a digital nomad, are you are probably going to be listening and participating in meetings — probably a few a week, if not daily. With our overwhelming schedules, one-on-one meetings can be hard to schedule. Especially when you’re just throwing out days and times that possibly work for both participants. To minimize this back and forth of “No, that doesn’t work for me. What about…?” Start using Calendly and then whoever you are meeting with will see all of your availabilty and select a time that works best for them.
Slack is one of the best ways to quickly communicate with many people. It basically works like texting on a cell phone, but because your team will most likely be all over the world, this service skips the international message rates.
Running a business almost always requires some sort of graphic appearance. And even with no graphic design experience, it is doable — all thanks to Canva. Canva allows you to format templates to your liking, all based on a drag and drop feature. It is extremely user friendly and allows you to create beautiful, eye catching graphics for any social media platform.
Learn it online! The internet truly is one of the best ways to learn new skills. And while searching for reliable content can sometimes be difficult, Lynda is a great resource that has already compiled and sorted videos for you. It’s a great resources that will allow you to learn at your own pace.