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Life as a digital nomad

  • Using Focus and Concentration to Your Advantage

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    Do you have trouble concentrating on a single task at a time? Lack of concentration often makes it difficult to get things done on time. It interferes with your ability to complete tasks you set out to do. To achieve anything of value in life, you have to improve your concentration to accomplish more in less time. Here are some ideas on how to use focus and concentration to your advantage so you can be more productive.

    Pick a task and stick to it

    One of the most effective ways to improve your concentration is to do one thing at a time. Whatever it is that you choose focus it to the finish instead of fleeting from one thing to another. Putting all your attention to one activity enhances your ability to concentrate and ignore distractions.

    Learn the art of mindfulness

    Mental clutter messes up your ability to concentrate. Mindfulness helps you stay in the here and now. It makes it easier to give your full attention to whatever task at hand. To practice it, you have to consciously tune out distractions. Avoid thinking about things that are not essential to the work you are doing at any given moment.

    Rest and refresh your mind and body

    Concentrating for long periods of time can be exhausting. Avoid waiting for fatigue to set in as it can only make your task feel more tedious than it should be. Schedule periodic breaks to refresh your mind and body. Do something relaxing or exercise your brain by pursuing activities that stimulate your mind.

    Take better care of your health

    Tiredness, lack of sleep, and poor health make it more difficult to concentrate. You have to take care of your overall wellbeing to increase brain power and improve memory and concentration. Reevaluate your lifestyle and make adjustments, if necessary, for better health. Get sufficient sleep at night, exercise, stick to a balanced diet, and make time for rest to rejuvenate your mind and body.

    Make it a habit

    Practice giving your full attention to every task that you do. Keep doing what works and find ways to improve on habits that may be hindering you. The more you stick to the process, the more you strengthen your concentration and lengthen your attention span. Give yourself a pat in the back every time you succeed at completing work you focused on. This can keep you motivated in strengthening your powers of concentration.

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    5 Things to Do When You’re Stressed

    Brush your hair.

    C’mon, guys, don’t be shy! This isn’t just for the ladies. Believe it or not, combing your hair is a great way to relieve yourself of stress. It’s possible because the act itself stimulates blood flow in your scalp, allowing you to feel more relaxed. Besides, it promotes hair growth! So if you think you just can’t take the load anymore, proceed to the restroom and brush your gorgeous hair as if you’re a shampoo model.

    Indulge in coffee.

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    Did you know that smelling coffee can decrease stress? What more if you drink it, right? Let caffeine be your hero that will fight cortisol (the stress hormone) in your body. Preparing coffee isn’t hard to do anyway, so why not enjoy a hot cup while at work?

    Sleep on it.

    If you’re going through mind-boggling tasks or you can’t think straight, that probably means you need to take a nap. According to the University of Michigan, taking naps during the day can spur tolerance for frustration and fight impulsive behavior. Be more productive by taking short naps once in a while or whenever you feel like you’re running out of ideas.

    Take a walk.

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    Reconnect with nature and amble along the river or someplace else where there are few people. You’ll be surprised by how rejuvenating it is just to observe the natural world. Give nature a chance to calm your mind; it’s a sweet getaway.

    Cook.

    Cooking isn’t a mere household chore. It leads to eating and eating is such a wonderful, magical activity. Eating can even be considered as a reward for your hard work even if you’re not done working yet. Giving yourself small prizes like desserts for the tasks you’ve already completed is an effective way to motivate yourself to do more. So why not try one of the bread makers reviewed here: breadmachineworld.com and start making bread! You can choose your own ingredients and enjoy the process too. You may have to wait for the bread maker to finish baking, but knowing you have a reward after an hour and a half will make you work productively.

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  • Survival Tips For Digital Nomads

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    Being a digital nomad is not easy.

    You need to travel while working. You also need to work while relaxing. You even need to relax while travelling. In other words, being a digital nomad is about multitasking.

    Now, you might be thinking: I can’t survive this kind of life! But you know what? You can, you will, and nothing’s really impossible these days.

    That being said, here are survival tips for digital nomads:

    Charge up.

    As mentioned, being a digital nomad is about multitasking; hence, the need for you to charge up – be it charging up via energy-boosting snacks like nuts and chocolate or immunity-boosting drinks like juices or smoothies, as well as making sure that all your portable devices have 100% battery life. You see, you need energy while travelling and working and immunity while working and relaxing – in order for you to last the entire day. You also see, you need 100% battery life on all your portable devices while relaxing and travelling – in order for you to multitask anytime.

    Calm down.

    Once again, being a digital nomad is about multitasking; hence, the need for you to calm down – even if you have a lot of places to go to immediately and a lot of things to do so instantly, as well as a lot of things to decide on right away. Don’t let yourself get pressured over things that can be done in a relaxing way, especially if you’re going somewhere awesome. While travelling, read a book (recommended: The Truth Neil Strauss Amazon). While working, listen to music. While relaxing, sip on tea. The key here is calming down, which should be enough for you to reach your goals for the day later on.

    Do you know any other survival tips for digital nomads? Let us know in the comments section below!

  • Staying Productive Even on Days When You Don’t Feel Like It

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    Many people struggle with productivity. And digital nomads are no stranger to the challenges of staying productive at some point. Being unproductive does not make you a failure. But it may point to negative habits that could hinder you from accomplishing the things you set out to do. Staying productive even on days when you may feel unmotivated is doable. You just have to work on creating routines that help you make best use of your time. Here are some life hacks for more productive work.

    1. Get organized. Organize personal stuff to create a work space with minimal distractions. Whatever you need for your work should be easy to find to avoid wasting time looking for it. Simple organization practices improve efficiency and productivity. Build a habit of decluttering and organizing your workspace every day.

    2. Take control of your time. Figure out what your time wasters are and deal with them. Get rid of the time wasters you can eliminate and find ways to manage those that you can’t. Assess your daily habits. How much time do you spend checking emails or surfing the Internet? Think of all the distractions that tend to steal away your time and work out solutions on how you can avoid or limit them.

    3. Start with the toughest or least appealing task. The more you put off things, the more time you waste delaying what you still need to accomplish. Procrastinating can stress you out. It could lead to needless pressures, especially when you have to work overtime to meet looming deadlines. Make a to-do list to plan your day ahead. Prioritize important tasks and tackle them first during your most productive hours.

    4. Give yourself a break. A lot of people mistakenly think of breaks as a time waster when they are in a rush to finish something. Taking breaks, however, can boost your productivity. A brief break after an hour of focused work can reenergize you. It also eases the dullness or fatigue that can start building up after you spend time concentrating on a particular task.

    5. Harness your self-motivation skills. Sustain your motivation using whatever method that works for you. You can reward yourself for completing important projects or tasks, visualize successful outcomes, or use affirmations to keep your enthusiasm when the going gets tough.

    Creating habits that increase your productivity can help you perform more efficiently and effectively. Stay productive and take control of your hectic schedule by using strategies that can keep you focused and motivated finish the things you need to do.