2nd July, 2019

Getting motivated for Digital Nomad work when feeling lazy

Some days it’s a real struggle to get yourself into a work groove. It may be that you are feeling slightly tired from a poor nights sleep and can’t work in the morning. It may be that you are just unmotivated by the work that needs to be done. It could also be that your brain has convinced you it needs some time off.

Despite all these factors, the job still needs to be done. You know it. We know it. And your client certainly knows it. So you can go in two directions here.

One, you can give in to the location independent temptation of hitting the pool bar and hoping your troubles and your client just eventually vanish so you don’t have to deal with them. This inevitably leads to your digital nomad business not only losing the money for the job, but also the potential for future jobs and recommendations by a now infuriated client.

Secondly, you can bite the bullet and force yourself to just get the job done. Remind yourself that this is work and travel. There are some useful ways to fight back against a stubborn brain.

Trick yourself into starting

One of the most common roadblocks for work getting done, is actually starting the damn thing. The euphoria from winning the job or project has well worn off by now, and you are faced with the reality that you need to actually do the work to get paid and ensure you earn a salary.

A long distance runner once stated that the hardest part of training for him, was putting on his running shoes. However, once he got over that block, he actually really enjoyed the run part.

A similar parallel can be drawn when working on digital projects as a digital nomad. Often once starting a project, you will invariably find that you enjoy doing it, and that it’s rewarding to make progress.

So the strategy here is to trick yourself into beginning the job. There are a few ways to bluff your brain into doing this which you can try.

Abracadabra

One is to say to yourself, “Ok, I will just open up the documents, applications and work brief so it’s they’re ready to go when I do start”. Often you will find this method leads you into actually going one step further and making at least a start on the project.

Before you know it you are deep into your working mode without realising how you even began. Plus, because you weren’t planning on actually starting the work, you feel like your a little bit ahead of the game. From this, feelings of satisfaction and “this isn’t so hard” replace the dark negative thoughts of “can’t”, “don’t” and “won’t”.

It’s incredible how much having the right tools open and ready to go impacts on your desire to do the work. It is the same concept as the runner putting on his running shoes.

For the second trick

This can be taken a few steps further. Maybe you do set it all up and still can’t bring yourselfto start the work. It’s time to haggle. You will need to make a deal with your brain, a mutually beneficial agreement.

Now before you start diagnosing us with multiple personality symptoms, try it first. Say to yourself, “I’ll at least just get this tiny 5 minute part done and then go get a coffee”.

The theory here is that you are setting up a reward arrangement for the work. Much like what is found in the natural innate behaviours of an animal such as a dog. “Roll over, and you get the biscuit”.

Again, what happens here is after doing that small job, you see another small part that can be done. Then by the time you go and get your coffee you are well into the job.


Prepared by Work Play Nomad


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