5 Time Management Secrets for Digital Nomads
Hey Guys! Lisa Lyttle here! Today, I’m giving you 5 incredible Time Management Secrets for Digital Nomads!
There’s a lot of incredible perks when you’re a digital nomad....
→ Wine at lunch with friends
→ Surf lessons in the morning,
→ Half Friday’s to go boating
You have the luxury of creating your own hours and you have the gift of time.
But..there’s a downside.
The downside is, if you’re not super organized you’ll quickly feel like there’s not enough hours in the day and you’ll start to feel like your work day is never, ever done.
It’s just way too easy to keep putting work off until the next day, and what happens is you’ll find yourself staying up until 3am and waking up later and later each morning.
Believe me, I’ve experience this myself in the beginning, and I see so many new entrepreneurs go through this and they end up killing their business before it even gets off the ground. Being a digital nomad can feel like heaven and it can also feel like hell, IF you’re not careful.
In the last 10 years, I’ve been lucky to be able to take my work anywhere I travel around the world. I’ve taken my work all around Europe, Central America, Southeast Asia, Egypt, North America, wherever I go...I make time for my work and make time to have fun to explore and relax.
But it didn’t always come this easy...
It took me some time to really figure out and learn the best tips and strategies to organize my time. So, I’m gonna lay it all out for you so you can travel the world, live wherever you want AND build a profitable business because you’ll know how manage your time effectively.
So the #1 thing you need to do is:
Start your day off with a routine that makes YOU happy.
A routine is crucial when YOU are your own boss. And it must be a routine that you can repeatedly do EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
For me, I start my day doing 4 things:
● I wake up and make my morning coffee. (Because without coffee, I cannot function)
● I meditate for 5 minutes
● I go for a 30 minute walk on the beach (This is my happy place and it’s also the place that allows me to let go so all my creative juices start flowing and I usually come back with some incredible ideas)
● Finally, when I get back, I make my to-do list on a platform called Clickup (if you don’t know what this is, I recommend googling it, or stay tuned and watch my next mini training where I talk about this more in depth and why it’s so important you use it)
It really doesn’t matter if your routine is 5 minutes long or 1 hour long. It also doesn’t matter if you have 1 thing you do, or 5 things you do, as long as you start your day knowing exactly what you are doing, you’re off to a good start!
The 2nd thing you need to do is:
Sort your priorities using the Eisenhower Matrix Method.
Now if it’s the first time you’ve heard about this, I recommend you google it and get familiar with how it works.
As you can see, there are 4 Categories:
1.) Urgent & Important (Do)
2.) Not Urgent & Important (Decide)
3.) Urgent & Not Important (Delegate)
4.) Not Important & Not Urgent (Delete)
Urgent Tasks are the one that you feel you have to react to right away like emails, phone calls, meetings...stuff like that. They are time-sensitive, meaning you have strict deadlines.
So for example, if someone emails you and is inquiring about your services, it’s best to drop what you’re doing and answer it right away because it’s a hot lead. And the longer you let them wait, they get less interested.
Important tasks on the other hand are the ones that contribute to your long term goals and these are the things you really want to do in life. They are part of your business or life vision or mission. It’s really important that you spend most of your time working in the URGENT & IMPORTANT quadrant as this is what’s going to move the needle. It’s going to get your business where it needs to go.
The important but not urgent quadrant is good for things like creating, marketing, blogging etc.
So breakdown your list into these 4 categories.
My Do First List is everything I want to accomplish that day.
I’m strict with myself that I don’t finish my workday until everything has been checked off that list.
Okay the 3rd things you need to do is:
Leave your workplace.
I know what you’re probably thinking...how am I getting any work done if I leave right? Well, if you’re like most digital nomads, you’re probably working from home. I can’t tell you how important it is to leave your house at least once a day. Go grab a coffee, go for a swim, take your dog for a walk. Try to add in one thing in your schedule that’s not work related that gets you away from your workspace. This helps you to refocus and reenergize so when you come back to sit at your desk for another 5 hours it doesn’t seem so long. and you’ll eliminate the risk of burning out.
The 4th Time Management Secret is to:
Track your Time
Seems obvious right? But it’s not. Because most people don’t do it! It actually blows my mind! Ever find yourself writing a blog post and you realize you’ve spent 4 hours on it? Yeah, we’ve all been there. It didn’t actually take you 4 hours to write it, but you went on a scrolling tangent on Instagram and got up to get snacks twice and then your friend was texting you and next thing you know, half the day is gone. You know what I’m talking about. You need to start tracking your time when you do things.
How could you possible schedule your day when you don’t know where you’re wasting time.
A great tool I use Is Flora, but Harvest or Desktime are also really great so go check those out!
And the last time management hack I’m giving you is:
Get a project Management Tool
If you haven’t implemented this yet, I’d say, stop right now and get one. You and your business need this. You can start off small and use a tool like Trello, but honestly I recommend using Asana or Clickup. These make everything so easy to see what you’ve done and what you need to do to finish a project on time. And it’s so great because as your business begins to scale, you can add people to take on different tasks and monitor their progress along the way.
So, those are my 5 time management secrets for digital nomads. They’ve definitely worked for me in the past 10 years along with so many other digital nomads that i know too.
So try them out!
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Ciao for now!👋🏼
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