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Last Updated on March 12, 2018

Stay Productive On The Go – The Top 20 Tools For Digital Nomads

Stay Productive On The Go – The Top 20 Tools For Digital Nomads

So you’re ready to become a digital nomad and travel the world while working? We’ve talked to digital nomads and come up with a list of 20 tools you need to start your travels, manage your business on the go and stay productive while traveling. Check out the infographic at the bottom of the article for an easy-to-read list!

Kickstart your travels

If you’re eager to start but not sure where, check out Nomadlist.com for up-to-date information on the cost of living, weather, safety and more in pretty much every city in the world.

Try using Teleport.org to compare costs of living in cities around the world but also check out their Scouts feature where you can contact a local in a number of places and get some help settling in.

So, now that you’ve narrowed down your choice and have all the info you need, start searching for flights. Hitlist is the #1 flights app recommended by digital nomads, fully catering to their flexible lifestyles and the always present wanderlust.

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As you’re finally starting your journey, put your devices to flight mode and enjoy reading travel guides, nomad stories or pretty much anything on the internet using Pocket – the best app to collect all the articles you’ve wanted to read but didn’t find the time. It saves all the articles to your laptop and phone so you can enjoy them offline.

A new city means new wonders waiting for you around every corner. Working at your room might not be the best option so try and find a coworking space with Copass or simply find the nearest work-friendly cafe using Workfrom.

Noise around you can be very distracting so we’d suggest you try Coffitivity and block out the sounds around you by listening to sounds that’ll actually help your productivity.

Work from anywhere

Now, to the working part – we’ve collected the ultimate productivity bundle of apps helping digital nomads stay focused and productive around the world. Start with Toggl to track your time in order to see where it goes. Manage your work and personal life by adding some context to the time spent. You know, what they say – measure it, improve it!

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If you’re handling multiple tasks and managing your digital nomad life (which sometimes turns into a part-time job), you will definitely need Trello – the easy, free, flexible, and visual way to manage your projects and organize anything.

Todoist might come in handy managing day-to-day tasks and staying on top of your work and personal life wherever you are. Todoist is for people who want to accomplish great things in less time, with less effort.

Save your great business ideas, wise thoughts and smart jokes with Evernote. Evernote is where your work takes shape. Write, collect, discuss, and present, all from one workspace.

Keep your files safe and sound in the cloud with Dropbox, still the #1 online storage and sharing tool suggested by digital nomads. Another great tool for transferring large files loved by digital nomads is the beautifully designed WeTransfer.

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Stay in touch

The one communication app every digital nomad needs is Slack. Whether you need to communicate with a remote team, clients around the world, stay active in selected communities or just like to chat with bots – you will need Slack to keep in touch.

Some facetime is always important, this is why we suggest you try Room.co for video calls and Sqwiggle for meetings and team standups.

Bonus:

Momentum dash is your daily inspiration feed with beautiful photos in every new tab. It also helps to stay focused and has a to-do list feature you can easily access.

Another great chrome extension for digital nomads looking to stay focused and productive is the self-explanatory StayFocusd. Use it to block distracting websites and embrace technology where willpower fails you.

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F.lux is a simple yet essential app we all need. Since most digital nomads are on a flexible schedule, this can mean they’re working late into the night. f.lux  makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

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    Featured photo credit: Steven Zwerink via flickr.com

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    Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

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    “Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

    While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

    1. Dehydration

    If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

    If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

    You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

    2. Lack Of Exercise

    A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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    Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

    3. A Poor Diet

    The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

    An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

    Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

    4. Skipping Breakfast

    Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

    Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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    Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

    Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

    5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

    We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

    TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

    Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

    Read more about how to develop a routine that will get you better sleep: Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

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    6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

    Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

    Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

    If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

    7. Depression

    Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

    Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

    Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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    8. Hypothyroidism

    If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

    Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

    9. Anemia

    People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

    However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

    While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

    10. Cancer

    While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

    Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

    Featured photo credit: Lily Banse via unsplash.com

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