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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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    Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

    Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

    There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

    “For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

    Primal Therapy

    Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.

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    How it Started

    “During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

    It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

    “I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

    Delving deeper

    Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

    Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

    Some Methods To Practice Screaming

    If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!

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    • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
    • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
    • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
    • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

    After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

    Scream Sing

    Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.

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    • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
    • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
    • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
    • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
    • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
    • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
    • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

    If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

    Scream into a pillow

    Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.

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    Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

    Featured photo credit: Sharon Mollerus via flickr.com

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