It’s been two weeks since I’ve landed in Europe and begun my half-year journey. And already I’ve learned a number of things about myself. Specifically, I’ve discovered that it IS possible to blend a moderate amount of work while fully enjoying a rich travel experience.
But, it hasn’t been completely easy. In fact, I’ve had to implement a number of strategies which has allowed me to finish all my work without feeling like that’s all that I’m doing.
To give you an idea of how I’m doing it, here are six strategies I’m currently using to manage my work during my long-term travels…
#1- Dedicate “Work” Time for One Day
It’s not pretty and it’s not very sexy. But each and every week, I spend an entire day doing work. Like I said in the last update before I left, I use each Sunday (or Monday) as a day to do work.
This day is very sacred to me. I schedule it my itinerary and make sure that I’m in a place where I can do lots of work without being interrupted. A trick I’ve learned is to book a private hotel room during this day where I can stretch out a little and have the creative freedom to work.
During this day, I can complete at least 12 tasks during this day, which leaves only 8 tasks to complete during the rest of the week.
#2- Set Up a Schedule for Your Posts, Articles, and Autoresponders
If you follow this blog regularly, then you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t missed a day of posting since early February. I plan on keeping this streak alive as long as I can.
To make this happen, I use the ‘scheduling’ feature which is available on WordPress. So with the exception of my “Steve’s Sunday Selections” update, I’m able to set up all my posts on one day for the upcoming week. This saves a lot of mental energy because I know my articles will be automatically on the exact day and time that I specify.
Furthermore, I do the same thing with my money making affiliate sites. Each week, I spend one day uploading and creating autoresponders that will go out to the members of my affiliate newsletter. With Aweber, they have a feature that lets you set up broadcast messages on certain times and days.
So during my travels, I have the peace of mind that I’m making money and updating my readers even while I’m nowhere near an Internet connection.
#3- Pay for the Right Tools
When it comes to running an Internet business, you HAVE to be willing to pay for certain things. I’m simply amazed by the people who will waste hours of their time trying to find a “free” solution, when they could simply pay for it and not have to use their fun time on boring, mundane activities.
To maximize my time, I use a number of small tools that has made it really easy to get work done while traveling:
Laptop– Back home, I have a pretty awesome Dell laptop that has all the bells-and-whistles that a man could possibly want. But on the road, all I need is my Toshiba NB300. It’s not the fanciest of laptops, but it has almost 11 hours of battery life, which allows me to go an entire day without charging it and gives me the opportunity to work in any location.
(In fact, I’m writing this post on a bus heading towards Lagos, Portugal)
Boingo- I’m sure there are a large number of Internet service providers, but I’ve been using Boingo for the last few weeks in Spain and it’s worked out perfectly. For $59.99 a month, I’m able to access the Internet in every Café and train station I’ve traveled to.
Skype– Though I haven’t installed Skype on my computer, I borrowed my friend’s account when my credit card company decided to put a hold on my account. This service is extremely cheap and lets you make phone calls to virtually every number in the world. So moving forward, this is something that I’m going to use to make critical phone calls back to the States.
#4- Outsource Everything You Can
I wouldn’t be able to do all this traveling if I didn’t have the help from a couple of excellent outsource workers. It’s a great feeling to know that a lot of my critical day-to-day tasks are being handled in a professional manner.
When it comes to my business, I like to outsource any task that doesn’t focus on creating content and interacting with my visitors. That way I on tasks that only I can do.
#5- Use Free Time Wisely
You’d be surprised at how much work you can do when you have a little free time. Since my laptop has a pretty lengthy battery, I’ve found that I can work in a number of places. For instance, I’ve worked on airports, train stations, on buses, and sitting around in hotel.
There is a cumulative effect to using the small free moments you have during the day. I can easily squeeze in an hour or two of work each day, by being able to use extra free time that I get.
#6- Set Rules Then FOLLOW Them
>Now that I just listed five rules to getting work done, let me talk about the reverse. Part of this journey is to have fun and see some amazing sites.
As a result, I’ve made the firm rule that I will only do about 15 to 20 hours of work each week. This is a rule that won’t be broken. So while I do want to advance my business, I think it’s important to stick to an exact amount of work.
Applying this to Your Life
This post mainly focused on how to do Internet Marketing work. But with that said, I think many of these rules can be applied to any sort of work that you do while traveling.
The key point here is it IS possible to blend work while having fun. You just have to create a plan and stick to it.Take Action. Get Results.
5 thoughts on “How To Manage Your “Work” Time During Long-Term Travel”
I like the way you have got this all figure out and then stick to it. I enjoy these posts because it helps me get myself better organized and disciplined when I see how you work it all out.
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Thanks Ralph…this is definitely a work in progress. Like as you can see, I’m having trouble with keeping up with my blog comments. That means I have to work in some system to make sure I’m responding in a timely manner.
Thanks for this I have retweeted. As a person who is trying to build a coaching, writing and speaking business. I like to travel by motorcycle alot. Its great to have a few helpful hints from someone else who travels while they work.
Thanks for stopping by! Glad you found the article to be useful…
I would love to hear more about what you do. Perhaps I can twist your arm and get a guest post about how you designed your life to be this way?
I like it. When I was trying affiliate marketing full time I found it very hard to stay on task and not slack off to the gym or the pool. Now I am back working full-time and affiliate marketing part time I find I am more disciplined with my time.
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