Working on the road – A few helpful tips
Like many other digital Nomads, we work from different locations, depending on our travel plans.
We travel a lot, as Maria does Youtube travel videos, so we often end up working on trains, planes and busses, or in open co-working spaces.
On travel days this can get pretty hectic, and it can be hard to keep up with work, when you can’t depend on a good Internet connection.
Tips for working on the road
Some of my tricks to turn travel days into days of awesomeness, includes my Jawbone UP, Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones and storing all my data in the Cloud.
I have to admit I’m a tech-freak. I don’t know what I would do without computers and intelligent headphones and trackers.
The healthy morning routine
Some years ago I became curious about my sleep routines.
“What’s the quality of my sleep?” “Can I improve it?” was some of the questions I started asking myself.
I read up on sleep pattern and cycles, and wanted to be able to master good sleep. Especially when you are a Night owl like me, it is hard to build and maintain a healthy morning routine.
My solution was the Jawbone UP, which is an activity and sleep tracker.
It start to vibrate, if you move around in bed e.g during the last 30 min. of your sleep. It will track when you are moving from heavy sleep to light sleep and adjust the alarm, to wake you up during light sleep.
For me it has been a huge help. It is important to me to feel as rested as possible when I wake up.
Sometimes I also get up a couple of hours before Maria, to get some work done before we go sightseeing, so a silent wristband that vibrates is a huge win!
Create you own personal work zone
When you are working on the go, there will be more disturbances, because you don’t always have the luxury of being alone, when your office (of the day) is in a public space.
You also need to be able to concentrate – be in the “zone”.
I don’t know with you guys, but I don’t concentrate well on trains and busses, if I have to listen to the noise from other passengers.
Therefore I’m addicted to my Noise Cancelling Headphones. Headphones normally reduce the sounds from the surroundings a bit, but these headphones are amazing. Another alternative is these from Jabra – haven’t tried them though.
Don’t gamble with your data
A basic component for success is access to your files and data.
I store most of my data in the cloud, so it’s accessible from everywhere. I love to be able to live (almost) paperless. i like to have access to my files everywhere, and besides that I hate looking at binders and folders, when I’m not working.
I don’t want to look at paperwork when I’m off duty, and since we work from home in a two bedroom apartment, we just needed the paperwork to go.
What are your best tips for working on the go?