Staying Productive on the Road

Life of a digital nomad may look glamorous (and sometimes, it really is) but there are many factors that go into sustaining the lifestyle.  The biggest factor?  You guessed it.  M-O-N-E-Y.  Do some of us full-time travelers get paid to travel?  Yes, but it takes a lot of good old fashioned work to get there.  I am nearly two and a half years in and I’m just now starting to feel the fruits of my labor, but if I slow down, even just for a few days, so does my progress.

I credit my corporate background, and workaholic blood from my Mother, for my ability to stay productive as I continue traveling.  Some days are better than others, but overall I am finding a strong balance between being present/enjoying wherever I am and being productive.

There are a few tricks up my sleeve for staying self-motivated while I travel.  And shhhh!  Don’t tell my grandma about number 3.

  1. To-Do Lists.  I’m the List Queen.  I make lists for everything- groceries, personal goals, successes, burn book entries for later…you name it! (I’m joking about that last one but you get the point.)
  2. Exercise

    Trekking the Salkantay in Peru

    Trekking the Salkantay Trail in Peru was extremely difficult AND rewarding.

  3. It’s a game changer for me- and not just physically. My entire day becomes more productive if I make sure to work out in the morning. Even if it’s a short little circuit (squats, push ups and abs), I instantly feel better when I get a few endorphins kicking. Also, I’ll admit it…taking pictures is far less daunting when I’ve worked out that day. 😂img_1020
  4. Wine reward system.  IMG_3265I love a good reward at the end of the day, just as much as the next girl.  Whether it’s wine or chocolate (preferably both, if I’m honest), it can totally help me get through that last hour of productive time knowing there’s a “pot of gold” waiting for me at the end of the rainbow.  There have been times when I combined “business” and “pleasure” and reviewed wineries- like the series I did in South Africa called “American Wino in Africa.”  Now THAT was fun!
  5. Mentors. They help to hold you accountable in various ways, and double up as friends. I am extremely fortunate to have mentors all around the globe that inspire me, motivate me and give me a stern talking to when I need it.  Mentors, you know who you are.  Thank YOU!
  6. A daily revist to my overall purpose.“I want to experience the world in its entirety,” I wrote in my first blog post series and meant it wholeheartedly.  If I want to see every country, it’s going to take a lot more than my passport to make it happen.  Every day (usually as I close my laptop for the evening with wine in hand) I remind myself where I’ve been and where I’m going.  It’s a little daily check in with myself, and it works.

Would love to add to this list, so if you have tips and tricks that work for you let me know in the comments!

Let’s face it, we all need all the help we can get, and I’m no exception.

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