11th December, 2018

Getting work done in transit as a Digital Nomad

An important skill for any digital nomad is the ability to organise their time. Planning ahead allows for more lifestyle freedoms without any attachment of guilt. The satisfaction you get from doing something enjoyable without any work requirements left for the day is worth striving for. It’s often best practice to get work done early in the morning, which then opens up the remainder of the day for your leisure.

So many distractions

Of course, plans do not always come to fruition when you are location independent. An unmissable event may pop up, or perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something can be just a few of the things that can get in the way of your work plans. Sometimes it’s just not possible to get the work done when you want.

However, one of the most common skills learned by digital nomads who want to work while travelling is the ability to get work done in transit. This so called “bonus” work time can lead to getting ahead in your projects and make you feel more productive while in transit.

Yet many will use transit as an excuse to lay down all responsibilities and adopt a can’t do attitude. This is not the right attitude if you are an aspiring digital nomad. If you can only work in situations where you are fixed behind a desk with state of the art facilities then you are going to struggle to adjust to the mobile office setup required for the digital nomad.

Running out of excuses

The fact is, technology has come so far that there are no excuses for not being able to work in any environment. Even without an internet connection, you should still have the ability to complete work offline.

In some of the worst cases, you might not even have your tablet, smartphone or laptop to do work, but you might have a pen and paper. This can be enough to at least get some ideas or work progress on paper to save you time thinking about it later. And if all else fails, you will always have your handy old brain with you! You can begin the process of solving to solution to your clients problem in your mind, or begin mentally crafting how you will do a piece of work.

The point is, we often use the excuse of not being setup in our ideal, highly productive, maximum efficiency work environment as the catalyst for not choosing to do work at times. Digital Nomads will always need to be prepared to work regardless of the surroundings. It’s best to begin to teach and condition yourself to getting work done in uncommon environments.

Work in Transit

You can begin by doing work at Airports. It’s amazing how much time is spent on the plane and in the airport. There is no reason why this can’t be productive work time. Find a chair, get the laptop out and start doing something productive. Similarly, while on the flight, try to get some work done between the interruptions of a flight, such as meal times, take-off and landing.

For long bus and train rides, it is even easier to get work done. With less restrictions and more room to move, you can actually work very productively on a coach or train.

Another encouraging sign for digital nomads is that a lot of these transit companies are beginning to offer wifi on there services. Along with this are the numerous cloud wifi services and international data sims helping you to stay connected. This truly means there is NO excuse to not get work done while in transit!

Let us know below about your experience and tips on working in transit.


Prepared by Work Play Nomad


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