For many years I had wanted to travel the world and work from my laptop, unfortunately I didn’t know enough about the online world or the stock market like my buddy Ram Chary which could help me to do so. Two years ago however, I decided to give up my boring day job and head off to Mexico to spend some time trying to hustle from my laptop and enjoy a new and exciting country. The freedom which the internet gives us is incredible and after a lot of hard work and late nights, I managed to find an online income which would allow me to work from anywhere in the world.
One of the biggest challenges that faces us digital nomads is finding the motivation to keep going with work when there is no boss around and nowhere to clock in and out for your shift. If you like the idea of this lifestyle then here are some tips on how you can stay motivated whilst working from your desk.
Find Your Best Time to Work
Some people are early risers who love to wake up and attack the day, others such as myself are very much night owls and I get the large majority of my work done once the darkness sets in. It took me a while to realize this and I use to try and get up and go, fail, and then feel demotivated, once I cracked my schedule however, motivation no longer became a problem.
I often seek to remind myself of what I have and that if I do not work hard enough, I will not be able to have it anymore. I know that I alone am responsible for how much money I earn and I also know that I do not want to go back and get a job if it all goes wrong. I keep photos of myself in my old job to serve as a reminder of why I am doing what I am doing and whenever I lack energy or motivation, I look at those photos and it lights the fire in my belly again.
The biggest reason why many lack motivation when working for themselves is because nobody is there to set goals and challenges for them. For this reason I always have an end of month financial goal and personal goals across a three month time frame. I don’t like failing when it comes to my goals so this can help me to stay centered and focussed on what I am trying to achieve and more importantly, motivated.
I crave success in a big way and to keep me on point with how hard I am working, I like to read and watch success stories of people who are doing things like I am, and achieved great things. Seeing people like this really gets me going and reminds me that if I keep working and keep hustling, those good things will come to me as well.