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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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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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    Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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