Time Tracking in the Era of Digital Nomads

By on March 13, 2019

While the term “digital nomad” has become popular recently, it’s much more than a passing trend. In the age of remote work, it’s no wonder so many people are breaking up with their 9-5 lifestyle and taking their laptops on the open road.

So what is a digital nomad? It’s anyone who works remotely while traveling. These digital nomads sometimes work for traditional companies remotely and sometimes they own their own businesses or freelance for a living.

The ability to travel freely, work from anywhere, and call any part of the world your office is a definite perk to many, but working on your own terms isn’t always easy. A surprising 70% of workers today telecommute at least one day a week, and digital nomads are quickly becoming the norm. With working on the go becoming a growing trend, how do you accurately track your time during the workday?

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1. Time Tracking Tools

The first step to time tracking on the go as a digital nomad is to simply use the best tools. Luckily, tools like Clockspot are popping up to meet these changing work trends. It’s no longer complicated to accurately track your time, clock in remotely, and keep your schedule managed from wherever you are.

From listing your tasks to keeping track of what you need to do when, modern cloud tools like Google Drive and Clockspot make this possible. Even better, it’s possible to collaborate with other coworkers and clients via these tools.

2. Set a Schedule

While one of the biggest perks of remote work is being able to set your own hours, sometimes it pays to be consistent. Luckily, you have some flexibility when setting your own schedule. First, recognize the hours you work best. If you’re a fan of sleeping in, you might be able to start your work around 11 or noon and go into the evening. If you’d rather work in the morning and take the rest of the day off, that’s possible too.

It’s important to learn about your rhythm for working and stick to it. Being consistent will help you go from “fun” mode to “work” mode no matter where you are in the world. More importantly, don’t forget to schedule regular breaks.

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3. Use an Office Space

Finally, it’s essential to use an office space while working on the go. When you’re working from hostels, hotel rooms, and random coffee shops, you’re more likely to fall temptation to distractions. According to Fast Company, it’s essential you create a space that’s only for working. The psychology behind this is that you’ll condition your mind to be productive when you’re in this space.

Of course, it’s not always easy to find a workspace on the move. You’ll need to get creative. Maybe you’re comfortable working in quiet coffee shops, or you can find an office space at your accommodation. Coworking spaces are starting to pop up around the globe, so you can likely find a productive environment anywhere you go as long as you’re willing to look.

Creating a separate space for work will help you get more done in less time. We’ve all suffered the consequences of trying to work in bed only to get sucked into a social media or Netflix session. Practice some self-control as a digital nomad and set yourself to “work mode” with your designated office space.

Get More Done as a Digital Nomad

It’s time to welcome a new era of productivity. As a digital nomad, you’re free to work on your own terms. That means taking responsibility for your own to-do lists and learning the best ways to get more done that work for you. Remember, there is no universal path – everyone has to make their own.

Whether you’re thinking of quitting your 9-5 and working remote or you’ve been traveling and working for years, these tips above will help you keep better track of your time. Time really is money, especially for digital nomads. Make the most of your time once and for all.

About Smith Willas

Smith Willas is a freelance writer, blogger, and digital media journalist. He has a Degree in Supply Chain & Operations Management and Marketing and boasts a wide-ranging background in digital media.
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