Working remotely is, in my opinion, a fantastic lifestyle choice- if you can swing it. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last couple years that I’ve been able to plug away at various projects on my laptop with a nice view beyond the top of the screen. It’s been incredible to see all of the places I’ve been, and to share it all with you along the way. I realize how fortunate I’ve been to be able to work on the road, checking off 36 countries from my list, but I’ve certainly reached a point where I’m ready for a home-base again.
Bringing this work-lifestyle home with me has been pretty interesting, to say the least. While I find myself a bit stir crazy, standing still after so much travel, it’s been nice to set up shop back home in California for a while. I’ve been creating a little home office space and catching up on things while I decompress from all the adventures. (I still have so many travel stories to tell you all!)
I’m trying to maintain my Explorer Mode from my travels, taking weekend trips and checking out places on the West Coast I’ve never seen before, but on week days I’m in full Work Mode: scheduling, planning, editing, writing, emailing, filming, etc.
Many of you may have “real” jobs that don’t involve working from home in yoga pants, and that’s great! I used to do that too. Now, though, I am soaking in the freedom of working remotely going on three years and finding new ways to get more out of my time everyday.
There are few ways that I get the most out of my day as a Digital Nomad that I want to share. Many of you have asked what it’s like to work/live like this, so this is for you. I’ve listed a few of my strategies for staying making the most of each day below. Read them and let me know what yours are in the comments! (Seriously, let me know, I could use all the help I can get!)
I’m curious to know what all of you do to start your day off right? And not just my fellow remote workers. For those of you with “real” 9-5 jobs, how do you start your day and ensure to get the most of your work hours?
Here’s how I get the most out of my work days:
Morning Ritual. This, for me, includes reading a thought-provoking book first (you know, get the brain working a little with some decent vocabulary) while drinking coffee. Right now, I’m reading “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chodron and it feels like each chapter is a little life lesson that sets the tone for my day, in a good way. When I finish a chapter (and a cup of coffee) I write in my journal, latest happenings and a gratitude list. No matter where I am in the world, I keep my morning ritual, and in turn my sanity. Side note: I love this YouTube episode that Nyx Labs produced for me because it shows the real me, as I do my morning ritual on a train to Scotland.
Exercise. While it may take time out of the workday, exercise, for me, is a complete necessity. If I don’t work out at least three times a week, I feel down physically, emotionally and spiritually which causes me to be low energy and less productive. The older I get the more I realize that exercise is about so much more than a good body, you know what I mean?
To-Do List. Lists are my friend. Working remotely comes with all kinds of distractions, some more welcome than others, and to-do lists keep me on track. I write my list and place it on my desk with a pen nearby that loooooves to cross off items as I go. When I’ve finished my list I give myself some sort of reward. Simple, motivating, effective.
Multitasking. This is something I SO get from my Mother. I, seemingly, need to always be doing at least three things at once. My latest favorite thing to do is squats and calf raises at my new standing desk while I work away on my devices. I was told that “sitting is the new smoking,” so I got my hands on a FlexiSpot desk and I’m loving it. The desk takes up zero extra room on top of my other desk, has a single handlebar and can be used sitting or standing. I’ve been alternating between sitting and standing, and getting a lot more from my computer work time. Best. Desk. Ever! I get all of work done, and a few extra calorie burns while I type away (I’m doing it right now).
Who says you can’t exercise, write your to-do list AND check it off at the same time? We women are multitaskers after all, right? IthinkIcanIthinkIcanIthinkIcan.
I’m off to work on a a few video projects and upcoming articles for She Goes Global.
Hope you all have a great weekend and an even better, more productive, week ahead.