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How to ‘Get into the Zone’ as a Digital Nomad

The Zone

For anyone working remotely, being in the right environment to carry out your work – i.e. the place where you can knuckle down and get the job done as effectively and efficiently as possible – is just as important today as it ever has been. So too is establishing clear boundaries between work time and down time.

But when your work is mostly computer-based the lines between the work ‘zone’ and the life ‘zone’ can be far less well defined than they used to be. Work can often spill over into that precious time you had planned to spend either having fun or resting. And when you’re a digital nomad, the distractions that come with regularly being in new places can make it difficult to remain disciplined and focused on getting your work done.

The Challenge

In today’s article we examine the common challenge of finding the right surroundings in order to ‘get into the zone‘. We will also consider what lessons we can learn from our well-travelled and slightly more hardened nomad friends of times gone by. 

Woman in the zone

The Nomad

According to the Internet, the word ‘nomad’ is defined as follows: “a member of a people that travels from place to place to find fresh pasture for its animals and has no permanent home”. Google has also reminded me that nomadic communities constituted the earliest types of societies on earth. Pretty interesting, right?

“But how did they get WiFi if they were always on the move?”, I hear you ask. It’s a good question. They used 3G of course, but the roaming charges were extortionate.

According to Wikipedia, a ‘digital nomad‘ is defined as follows: “a type of people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner“.

Man working outside in dark

The Pasture

As the first of those definitions above suggests, traditional nomads were well aware that the ‘zone’ they needed to ‘get into’ was quite literally the nearest pasture. And pastures, however few and far between they may have been, are plain to see. In fact, you can see pastures a mile off, especially the nice big green ones. 

Now, I’m not saying things were easier back then. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, if you’ll pardon the pun. But the work ‘zone’ for nomads was certainly a little more visible and well-defined than it is for their digital namesakes of modern times.

Green pasture

The Office

Therefore, in the same way that traditional nomads would roam the land in search of their next place of work, digital nomads can also locate the right work ‘zone’ for themselves. And for many, that zone is the coworking space. In fact, perhaps we should think of the coworking office as like a digital nomad’s ‘pasture’, only with fewer animals.

When travelling from place to place it can be tempting to try and keep costs to a minimum. Some people do this by working in coffee shops, or in their accommodation if there’s a decent Internet connection. However, having a designated – and professional – workplace can help hugely to improve focus and establish that crucial work-life balance, while meeting people from all over the world and discovering new opportunities in the process.

Men talking and laughing

The Future

If your future (or current) travels include a stop-off in Barcelona, the door is always open here at Betahaus for any travelling freelancers in need of a temporary workspace. From daily passes to weekly and monthly passes, from hot desks to sun-soaked outdoor terraces – our five-story coworking space in the lovely Gracia region of Barcelona offers everything you will need to thrive as a digital nomad in this beautiful city. Get in touch with us here for more information.

Find the right place to carry out your daily work and allow yourself to get into the zone and keep those vital work-life boundaries in place for the duration of your nomadic adventures.

Author photo - Joe OgdenThis article was written by Joe Ogden.
Joe is a copywriter and sales professional with a background in business development and technology sales. He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs, freelancers and small companies reach a wider audience and grow their business. Read more at Joe’s website.

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