How do I Keep Myself Productive as a Crypto Nomad?

A common freelancer dilemma is: nobody tells you what to do, so you have to figure it out yourself and then get that thing done. But it gets even harder when you change your home weekly.

You may have heard of the term „TechNomad“ — people who are jetting around the globe, just bringing along their laptop and some hand luggage, working from almost everywhere as long as they have an internet connection, hanging out in backpacker hostels or hackerspaces and working as coders, designers or translators for clients from all over the world — and accepting payments for their work in bitcoin. [Source]

Today you may live in a capsule in Shinjuku, but tomorrow you’ll be sleeping at Narita Airport, because the cheapest flight you found departs at 4am. After that you are plannig to crash at a girls place for a couple of days in Taipei. And what comes after that? You don’t know yet. Sounds like an exciting life, but there is one problem: you have to keep your GitHub profile somewhat green:

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Or in other words how do you keep yourself productive in a constantly changing environment?

Getting Things Done

Wikipedia — The GTD method rests on the idea of moving planned tasks and projects out of the mind by recording them externally and then breaking them into actionable work items. This allows one to focus attention on taking action on tasks, instead of on recalling them.

Even if I failed to apply the entire book to my life, I took away many things from it and I still use the system I came up with at that time.

Note I am not a self-management expert. I simply describe the system that works the best under my me, if circumstances are similar and you don’t know better, you might want to give it a try.

KISS

(a) Qucik notes

(b) ToDo list

(c) Calendar

(d) “Morning” routine

  • do bathroom stuff
  • deal with internet stuff (github, bitcoin price, email, facebook, reddit or what have you…)
  • review quick notes, todo and calendar
  • do some self improvement stuff (I am currently reading a programming book and always do a short session of studying the local language)
  • exercise
  • intake some stuff (like vitamins, protein, glass of milk, coffee or whatever I have access to)

Consistency is achievable

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Be flexible

If you’re doing what you’re supposed to do 80% of the time, the other 20% doesn’t matter.

And if you got this far: just do it!

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