After having lived the Digital Nomad lifestyle for over a year I decided to write a blog post for anyone that is currently starting out their own Digital Nomad journey or for anyone that is in need of some helpful tools to increase their remote work productivity.
As a Digital Nomad you will have the freedom to work from anywhere you want. In addition, you’ll have the advantage to combine travel and work however and whenever you want.
However, as good as the Digital Nomad lifestyle sounds it requires some discipline to make it work. Being a Digital Nomad isn’t all about simply laying on the beach and discover new cultures every day. This lifestyle requires a significant amount of planning, organization and effective use of tools to keep you connected to your remote clients and team across the world.
That’s why I’ve put together a list of tools that will help you stay on track, boost your productivity and ultimately help you become a well-established, confident and professional Digital Nomad.
Working internationally often means coordinating between different time zones. Whenever I have to make a meeting suggestion, I always use the International Meeting Planner. You will simply have to select your location and your client’s location and it will show you in one click the best times for both parties to have a meeting. I use this tool on a daily basis and it makes my life so much easier by suggesting me the right times in one click instead of having to google different time zones and calculating myself a potential meeting time.
Another very useful tool to schedule meetings across different time zones is Calendly. The beauty of this platform is that you can display your calendar in your own time zone and the person who wants to book in a meeting with you will see your availability matched with their time zone. This means that you will never get a date or time wrong. I love how easy Calendly is to use and simply by sharing your personal Calendly link via email, text message or messenger the other party will be able to book in a meeting time with you. Super reliable and helpful tool.
8×8 is an amazing Video and Audio Conferencing tool. This platform is especially useful for Digital Nomads. Trust me, I’ve navigated through all popular video conferencing tools such as Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts and 8×8 is by far my favourite. It is super simple to use for every party involved as you only have to hit one click to access the conference room. This will definitely earn you plus points with your clients and it will make you look way more professional than if they had to download and install an app before being able to talk to you. You can also share the meeting with an unlimited number of attendees.
Toggl is the easiest to use time-tracking tool. When I’m working on projects, writing articles, doing client calls and want to know how much time I’ve spent on every task – all I have to do is hit the green button and start recording my time. Tracking your hours, is as important like tracking your expenses. Once you know how much time you spend on certain tasks and how you use your time on a daily basis, you can make adjustments, outsource what is taking up too much of your time and focus on what’s working. Toggl will also give you the option to extract statistics about each client, task or project.
Trello is a project management platform that many Digital Nomads use to increase their productivity. It is an organisational tool and a project management system where you can create boards, lists, and cards. If you’re a visual person than Trello is definitely for you. You can move all your tasks freely around. You can also add checklists to each card and assign the card a due date. It’s so versatile and it’s a fantastic way to see everything that needs to be done at a glance when you are working on a large project. You can also add multiple people to a board and make comments and assign tasks which is very helpful if you are working with a larger team.
Another tool that helps me personally to stay focused and keep my productivity up is Tomato Timer. You don’t necessarily need to use this website in order to give the Pomodoro Technique a try but it definitely is another tool worth mentioning on this blog post. By using this timer you will get notified when 25 minutes are over, and then you will be prompted to take a 5-minute break. My recommendation is simply to give the pomodoro technique a try by doing 25 minutes of focused work and be amazed at the end of the day how much your productivity will increase by dividing your day into 25 minute chunks.
Trust me, I know how easy it is to get lost in the wide world of the internet and spending endless hours looking for the perfect itinerary, your next Airbnb or Coworking space. It’s so easy to waste valuable time and this is why you need RescueTime. It will show you how much time you spent on your computer and what you were actually doing. This will help you understand whether you are wasting precious time scrolling through Facebook and Youtube instead of creating content for your business. This tool helps me personally to keep me accountable and focused.
Krisp is another amazing tool that will come in very handy during your professional Digital Nomad journey. You won’t always be in control over your workplace’s background noise, this is why you absolutely need a noise cancellation software that mutes background noise in conference calls in real time. Krisp allows you to remove through a single button, the background noise going from you to other call participants. You also have the option to remove the background noise from incoming calls. Krisp is definitely a reliable tool that will increase your productivity by making sure that you can have professional and noiseless conference calls.
If I have an important meeting coming up my number one concern is making sure that I have a reliable internet connection. Usually I rely on my accommodation’s wifi. However, if I really want to make sure that I have a great internet connection then I like to go to a coworking space. That is where Coworker comes in very handy as it is a website that helps you locate coworking spaces near you. It is a database that includes over 10,000 coworking spaces in nearly 160 countries. You have the option to search for coworking spaces by city or by other criteria, such as ‘beach’. Another benefit of working out of a coworking space is that you’ll get to meet other Digital Nomads and benefit from events that the coworking space organizes.
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