Seeking Success: 6 Dos and Don’ts For Digital Nomads

Seeking Success: 6 Dos and Don’ts For Digital Nomads

Spending your workday with your feet in the sand at a tropical beach may sound like a dream. However, that dream is a reality for many digital nomads. Their “office”, to use the word lightly, is any place with a stable wifi connection. 

Although that sounds amazing, it also has its downsides. It’s far too easy to get distracted by the waves or tempted by margaritas and forget about work. That’s why many digital nomads skip the beachside palapas in favor of a co-working space or professional virtual office when it’s time to really get down to business. Below are six other dos and don’ts to ensure success. 

1. Do check the wifi 

When you’re traveling for fun, you can afford to separate yourself from the digital world for a few days or weeks at a time. When you’re traveling while working, however, you don’t have this luxury. Digital nomads, for better or worse, need reliable wifi wherever they go. Luckily, there are plenty of expat forums and groups that will fill you in on the wifi situation before you arrive. 

2. Do create a work schedule

To lead a digital nomad lifestyle, you need to have discipline. When you can work “whenever you want,” it’s all too easy to not work at all – especially when there’s a gorgeous beach only a few feet away! 

To avoid the temptation of skipping work, it’s important to hammer out a schedule. For some, that means morning and afternoon work. For others, it depends on when their clients are available. Whatever the specifics are, settle in and stick to it.

3. Do stay in shape

Most digital nomads sit at desks for 40+ hours a week. Sure, the desk may be overlooking a tropical paradise, but it’s a desk nonetheless. Sitting for that long while typing away can lead to neck, back, shoulder, and wrist problems. 

To reduce these issues, it helps to keep up an exercise routine – do morning yoga, hit the gym, or go for a daily walk. Whatever it is, make sure your body isn’t stuck in one posture for too long, and if painful issues do arise, search for a local osteopath or highly recommended massage therapist. 

4. Don’t travel too much 

With little more than a laptop and a plane ticket, digital nomads can explore half a dozen countries in the course of a year. But just because you can do that doesn’t mean you should

Travel can drain your bank account and mess up your work schedule. On top of the expense of plane tickets and taxi rides, the process of getting from one airport to another can suck away an otherwise productive day. You’ll need to make up that lost time somehow, and it’s not fun being behind schedule. 

5. Don’t forget to take time off 

When you’re dealing with multiple clients from different time zones, it’s easy to end up working seven days a week. However, what’s the point of traveling around the world only to spend all your time inside an apartment? 

Just as you need to schedule work time, you need to schedule time off. Set aside regular days off to enjoy your surroundings and fit in a bit of exploring.  

6. Don’t forget to pack medicines

Getting sick is never fun – especially in a foreign country where you don’t have your bearings. That’s why it’s important to bring your own medicines and supplies for headaches, stomachaches, and minor wounds. 

The digital nomad life allows you to travel the world while building a career. To ensure your success, keep these dos and don’ts in mind before embarking on your adventure.