I don’t know about you, but something I struggle with while traveling is keeping some semblance of routine. While it is certainly important to live in the moment, I think it’s key to reserve some time to oneself to stay sane. I’m envious of those who are able to constantly run on all four-cylinders and blog nonstop. In all honesty, there are times when I feel completely uninspired and won’t look at WordPress for a day or two. It’s totally normal, but it’s a surefire way to quickly get into a rut.
For me, travel brings loads of welcomed distractions, questionable WiFi situations and the desire to just check out and enjoy the scenery. I don’t like to be constantly connected; I only bought a data SIM card once throughout the entire four months I was in Southeast Asia. While it’s difficult to keep up, it’s necessary to run a travel blog. If you ever feel like you need a bit more inspiration to stay focused and boost your productivity, I want to help! Here are five ways you can stay productive while traveling.
1. Take time for yourself each morning
One of the best things you can do it sit down each morning and dedicate at least an hour to something. It will not only help you feel accomplished throughout the day, but it will prove to be effective. I’m a super early riser so I used the few hours each morning to update my Twitter buffer, respond to Instagram comments, write a bit of a blog post or reach out to clients. I often found that no matter how much I wanted to just lounge around before (or after) exploring, as soon as I really got in the zone, I was super efficient. Once you find that sweet spot, you’ll be good to go.
If you’re one of those people who are able to go out to a local bar one night and immediately hit the gym the next day, I just want you to know that I think you’re amazing. It takes a lot of mental strength for me to exercise in general – let alone while I’m traveling. I absolutely love walking everywhere, but it doesn’t always get me focused. I like to do 10 minute HIIT workouts such as this beast of a challenge by Blogilates. If intense workouts aren’t your thing, that’s okay! Find a way that will get your body moving and mind focused and you’ll be good to go.
3. Write down your goals
Studies have revealed that people who are adamant about writing their goals down are more likely to accomplish them. Jot down blog post ideas ahead of time. Make a list of clients you’d like to partner with. Map out a few destinations that you want to include in a guide you’ll be working on. Draft where you’d like to see yourself in six months to a year and make a plan of action. Whatever your goals are, write them, envision them and work toward them going forward.
This is a great way to envision the goals you’ve set for yourself. I often like to meditate early in the morning or late at night before bed. It’s a great way to keep my mind clear and drive out any self doubt or outside negative influences I’m battling. If meditation isn’t your thing, maybe try setting intentions before bed or thinking positive thoughts when you wake up. It’ll most likely shift your consciousness and kickstart your desire to get things done.
5. Keep your head up
The most important rule of thumb is to not get too overwhelmed. It’s important to find your balance and comfort zone without spreading yourself too thin. Don’t worry if you didn’t Snapchat that incredible day trip you took to a temple. There’s truth in the sense that great things come to those who hustle, but it’s also honorable and completely normal to separate yourself from technology every now and then.
What are some ways you stay focused while on the go?