How to be a Motivated and Healthy Digital Nomad

Life as a digital nomad involves a lot of traveling, sightseeing and fun activities. However, on the other hand, everything is not always as rosy as it looks on those Instagram photos. For example, you need to plan your time properly and find ways to stay motivated at all times. This is important if you’re to remain productive and make enough money to sustain your lifestyle while you’re on the road. What’s more, you need to keep fit and eat right to stay healthy and enjoy the perks of your new lifestyle.

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Tips for staying motivated while on the road

Stable Wi-Fi is a must-have

The idea of working remotely as a digital nomad is based on the fact that you can access information and work from anywhere. All you need is a stable internet connection that enables you to surf the web and gather information quickly. This combined with your skills means you can run your business and earn a living remotely.

So before booking accommodation anywhere, check out past reviews on the stability and strength of its Wi-Fi. Additionally, ask your landlord for clarifications on critical aspects like internet speed caps and whether the connection is shared or dedicated.

Designate a comfortable workplace

Whether you’re staying at a hotel, rental house, or in a fully serviced apartment, it’s essential to create a dedicated space for working. This is where you stay when you want to focus and do your important work. Choose a space within your room or house and remove all possible distractions from the area. Where possible, add a comfortable working desk and table and have everything you need within arm’s reach. Most importantly, keep it neat and clean. Depending on which apartment provider you chose – you might already have a designated spot set up. 

Create a schedule

When you choose a digital nomad lifestyle, the one thing you’re probably looking to give up on is your boring old routine. However, this doesn’t mean you should do away with a work schedule; you will need one if you’re to stay the course with your goals.

For starters, decide what time of the day when you’re most productive; are you an evening owl or do you achieve the most results early in the morning? Once you’ve found out about it, stick to the schedule and try to make the most results during this time.

Back up your work

Only a few losses hurt as much as lost hours of work and data. Imagine if you suffered theft and lost the laptop with your novel manuscript or a batch of unpublished blog posts. Sounds painful, right?

You can avoid such painful experiences by always backing up every important work, preferably in multiple cloud locations. Depending on the size and nature of the work, you can use storage services like Dropbox, Mega, Google Drive and Google Photos.

Tips for staying healthy as a digital nomad

Join a local gym

If you are planning to stay at a location for several weeks or months, consider joining a local gym as a member to save money. If not, you can check out some of the high-end hotels as most have a gym on-site. Some gyms also allow people with no membership to use their facilities. If you’re trying to save money or aren’t staying at a place for long, check out those and pay only when you want to use the accommodation.

Exercise outdoors

Not a fan of gyms? You can still keep fit by engaging in outdoor activities like swimming, running, surfing, and rock climbing. Your choice of workout activity depends on your current destination, skills, and preferences. At the very least, keep your body active by walking or jogging around your neighborhood a few times a week regardless of how busy your schedule might be.

Stick to your eating routine

One of the most effective ways to stay healthy while you’re on the road is to eat well and stick to your usual dieting routine. If you’re used to having your breakfast at 7 am, lunch at noon, and dinner at 7 pm, try as much as you can to have your meals at these fixed times. Most importantly, eat balanced foods, drink plenty of water, and incorporate relevant supplements in your diet.

Cut your alcohol intake

When you’re out on the road with friends, there’s the increased likelihood and temptation to increase your alcohol intake. As you possibly already know, alcohol can be detrimental to your health. As such, set your boundaries by determining the maximum amount you can take per sitting and on which days of the week. Your body will thank you for it!

What are you doing to enhance your health and stay productive when you’re on the road? We’d love to hear your feedback.

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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