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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.

  • How Digital Nomads Can Keep Themselves Fit & Healthy

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    Most, if not all, people know the consequences of not having proper exercise. Thus, being fit and healthy is needed more than ever – especially for those working at home and for those always on-the-go, who doesn’t always have the time and the luxury to jog five miles every morning or go to the gym because of certain work situations.

    Here’s how digital nomads can keep themselves fit and healthy:

    • Drinking enough water. As they say, “drinking eight glasses of water a day keeps the doctor away.” But of course, drinking enough water doesn’t only keep the doctor away. It also flushes out your body’s toxins, boosts your immune system, helps you focus better, improves your skin complexion, helps you lose weight, and more – even without going outside your home.
    • Getting enough sleep. Sleep is just as important as water. Even if you’re just working at home or have almost no free time while on-the-go, you still need to get at least six hours of sleep in order for your body to recuperate well after performing multiple tasks the entire day – especially those which required you to spend a lot of energy.
    • Eating well. Even if you’re just working at home, there’s no excuse for you to not eat well. This also goes for those always on-the-go, who mostly don’t care about eating well (hello, fast food) as they’re often in a hurry to get to where they’re supposed to be. In order to be fit and healthy, make it a point to eat vegetables, fruits, meat, and dairy – no matter where you are.
    • Doing chores. Did you know that household chores are forms of exercises? Yes, you read that right. Even without going outside your home or you’re always traveling somewhere because of work, doing chores will not only help you strengthen your physical condition, but also readies you to become more focused and responsible for just about any kind of task at hand.
    • Going D.I.Y. Do-it-yourself projects do not only promote creativity. It also helps one to become more fit and healthy (depending on the task – such as when cutting down loose tree branches in the backyard, which strengthens both arm and leg muscles and conditions your body for greater tasks) and more independent (hence, the do-it-yourself concept).

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    Stay fit and healthy, no matter where you are!

  • Healthy Living For Digital Nomads

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    Contrary to popular belief, being a digital nomad is not just about working at home or while traveling somewhere. It’s not just about being in front of the computer screen either. It’s about doing something you really love at your own pace and at your own place. The only problem is, digital nomads sometimes forget about themselves – most especially, their health.

    So, the question is: how can a digital nomad truly live healthily?

    Here are some ways:

    • Eating a balanced diet. Being a digital nomad is not an excuse for you to avoid eating and drinking healthy food or completely skipping meals, no matter how busy you are. To live healthily is to be mindful on what you eat or drink, while still being able to eat or drink your favorites. Want to eat something sweet? Eat a banana or purchase a dark chocolate bar, instead of candies. Want to drink something cool? Make your own refreshing green smoothie or fresh orange juice using a blender or like those seen in reviews of masticating juicers, instead of softdrinks.
    • Get enough sleep. Just because you can work anytime you want or anywhere you want, it doesn’t mean you should also take a good rest anytime you want and anywhere you want. Even more so, being a digital nomad is not about working really hard and waiting until you completely burnout. Always remember, getting enough sleep will not only help repair your body and its overused functions. It also helps keep your mental state in check, as well as your productivity in working. Moreover, it helps you fight off diseases and boost your immune system for the long run.
    • Don’t forget to exercise. This is, most probably, the number one reason why being a digital nomad is sometimes considered a minus instead of a plus. You see, working in front of the computer – take note: almost the entire day – doesn’t just affect your physical health. It also affects your mental health and emotional health, ultimately affecting your relationships outside of work – thus, the more reason for you to exercise and make yourself fit enough to overcome whatever challenges your digital nomad lifestyle brings upon you. A tip? A 30-minute or an hour of working out already helps a lot.

    How about you? Are you a digital nomad living healthily? If yes, how do you keep yourself healthy? If no, what’s stopping you from being healthy? 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.