How To Get Work Completed While Traveling

This week’s video is one I wish I would have had when I first started traveling. By far, the hardest part of full-time travel has been learning how to get work done while constantly being distracted. It has taken more than just simple discipline, it has taken processes and rules. In this video I discuss the tricks I have learned and the attempts I make to balance them out so that I can get work completed while still loving the craziness that is long-term travel.

Show Notes

Diligently Define Your Work – If you want to have any chance of finishing all of your work while traveling you need to start by listing it all out. I used to skip this step thinking it was optional but quickly learned that it is actually necessary in order to counterbalance the distractions added by travel.

Be Ridiculous About Fighting Excuses

  • Buck the trend and work at tourist locations when necessary
  • Learn to work on trains, planes and whatever other weird transportation you encounter
  • Write emails in a word processor if you don’t have internet access
  • Don’t be afraid to work without your laptop

Set Work Durations, Not Hours – 9 to 5 doesn’t work when you are constantly switching timezones. Instead make blocks of time and use those to get work done.

Actively Seek out Inspiration in Order to Refuel – When traveling, inspiration can be anywhere! When you are feeling burnt out, don’t fight it. Instead take that as a reminder to go out and explore.

To all of the other travelers out there, what do you do to stay productive while on the road? Do you have any helpful tips to share?

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  • Yep. That’s about it. :) You have to be really structured with your work time and not let excuses get in the way.

    I make a very clear break between my work time and non-work time. I shut off internet at a specific time at night. I don’t look at my e-mail until it’s time to start work for the day. Instead, I go for a run, do yoga, have a coffee or whatever first. That gives me the head space to really focus.

    It’s a good practice, because you have the chance to get out and do something fun before starting your work. One of my more memorable was taking a walk in Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre — an amazing and very touristy coastal town in Italy — around 6:30am. The only other people awake were fishermen, and I had the entire beach to myself.

    I also recently started using the Momentum add on for Chrome:
    http://lifehacker.com/momentum-adds-inspirational-quotes-and-to-dos-to-chrome-1465454691

    It allows you to keep your To-Do list right on your browser along with your main goal for the day. A nice reminder when you’re tempted to open Facebook or the like.

    xoL

    • > I shut off internet at a specific time at night. I don’t look at my e-mail until it’s time to start work for the day. Instead, I go for a run, do yoga, have a coffee or whatever first. That gives me the head space to really focus.

      I like that trick a lot. I am going to start to give myself Internet bedtime hours :-)

      Thanks for the tip on the plugin too, I am looking into that now.

      Cheers Leigh :-)

  • The best part of being self employed I’ve found is that I can maximize my productivity by working when my body is most awake and in the grove. So when I am feeling it and am tearing it up, I ride that wave and get a ton done. When I don’t feel like I’m into work, I do something else. Balancing, of course, deadlines etc.

    • Smart man! :-) Like you, I am not sure whose body is optimized for 9 to 5 but I know for sure that it is not mine! Cheers Ryan!

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