One of the biggest dreams for most people is to travel around the world and to make a decent living. Some jobs require more travel activities. And sometimes it’s unimaginable how to work on your dreams while being absent from home.
Because your home offers a safe and consistent environment where you can work on your individual projects. Whether you are a freelancer, self-employed, an aspiring entrepreneur or just someone who has a home-office employment contract: Technology allows all of us to be flexible and to create our own workplace everywhere.
But how can you stay productive? Not all places are being made equal for high productivity.
As an IT consultant and content creator, I face this issue basically all the time. Being absent from home 80% of my week, I need to ensure that I can stay productive. Creating value and outcomes that matter. Here are three tips on how I ensure to stay on track with my projects:
1. Does your accommodation offer a productive environment?
Not all hotel rooms and Airbnbs are created equal. As much as inspiring and enriching the interior design look like, if you need to get stuff done, you want to ensure that you have a place you can work. I can remember travelling through Italy during my time I wrote my bachelor thesis. I was sleeping in romantic, old-fashioned and mesmerising hotels rooms in Rome and Florence but didn’t have a big desk and chair to work and to write. When I was off for the spring break during my studies in Australia, I worked on assignments for my courses in a Hilton hotel room in Perth.
Today, I choose my accommodations more carefully and more wisely. Always double-check whether your accommodation offers a laptop-friendly space to work. Wi-fi shouldn’t be an issue for most hotel rooms.
2. On the road: Trains, cafés, lounges
When you are a frequent flyer or someone who takes the trains regularly, you may know the common issues: Complementary wi-fi rarely works without any issues, the train is overcrowded with passengers, the tables are too small. How can you sustain productivity?
When you are in the train or in the plane, make sure you can work on the tasks that doesn’t require network connectivity or most of your concentration. You cannot always anticipate in advance whether your seat or the network fully works or is comfortable enough. When I catch the train, I make sure that I primarily work on tasks that only requires me to read documents, books or things I can write on.
If your travels have long stopovers at train stations or in airports, Starbucks might be a good option for you to get a seat and a table to work on some tasks. But even in that scenario, you can’t always make sure there’s a seat available. Oh, that large crowd that is waiting for boarding in the Starbucks again!
That’s why lounges exist! In a previous article, we described how you can gain access to certain airport lounges with a simple app and a few bucks to make your travels more hassle-free.
3. Journal and schedule ahead of time
This should be a no-brainer but I do emphasis it again. Journal and schedule! If you are serious about getting things done, set up reminders, deadlines and schedule your activities in a calendar. I’ve been using my iCal on my Macbook, which is synced with my iPhone, to schedule activities. Even months ahead from today. On top of that, I journal every day to meet my days with intention, even when I am on the road again.