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If you work in an office, the life of a digital nomad may seem more appealing on the days you're fed up with the corporate world. Digital nomads create their own schedules and can mostly work from anywhere in the world. The grass may seem greener on the other side, but there are ways to adopt digital nomad habits, even if you work a traditional 9-5. You just need to know how to finesse your time and organize your daily habits.
Change Up Your Scenery
One of the major benefits of being a digital nomad is that you aren't confined to an office or cubicle. You can work wherever your heart pleases. One day you may prefer the beach, the next day a local Starbucks. But if you work in a traditional office, you might not have the luxury of working from home on occasion, or your work needs to be done in-house. That doesn't mean you have to be chained to your desk, though.
If you have the luxury of working inside of a large office, find a new spot to work from throughout the week. When the weather is nice outside, you can answer your emails under the sun for a change. Or if you have a cafe in your office, grab a notepad and head there first thing in the morning to spend some time organizing the rest of your day.
Decorate Your Space
One does not necessarily need to turn their desk into the adult version of their middle school locker, but who says your space needs to look dull or lifeless? Sometimes just brightening up your area can create an inspiring environment right where you are. You don't have to work on the beach in Bali, or a patisserie in France.
If you like plants, buy a mini succulent or two and put it in a bright colored flower pot. If you often get stressed halfway through the day, essential oils are a lifesaver. You don't have to bring your diffuser from home, but you can put your favorite oil blend in a mini spray bottle. Throughout the day, mist your area and you will immediately feel refreshed. Even if you work in a super corporate environment, you can find subtle ways to make your space a home away from home.
Get Away From Your Computer
There comes a point in the day where you start to resent your computer. Whether your Wi-Fi isn't working, the company system is down, or the blue light is giving you a major headache, everyone has reached that point of wanting to chuck their device out of the window. Instead of creating extreme damage, and a possible meeting with HR, take periodic breaks.
The beauty of being a digital nomad is that one can establish their timetable. To a certain degree, you can do the same in an office job. Whether it's utilizing your lunch break for meditation or listening to your favorite podcasts, taking a five-minute lap around the office, or going old school and using a notebook for work, you don't have to be a slave to your computer.
Take Control Of Your Schedule
Digital nomads are for the most part in control of their schedules and when you work in an office, you're pretty much on a timetable. But that doesn't mean you can't be in control of your schedule. There are 24 hours in a day and, hypothetically speaking, if you work eight hours a day and sleep at least six to eight hours, you still have time left over.
Figure out ways to fill up that extra time productively. Instead of binge-watching a Netflix show, sign up for a workout class. Instead of ordering Postmates all weekend, host a potluck dinner with friends. Use your mornings wisely, and instead of hitting the snooze button, create a morning routine that makes you feel blissed out the rest of the day.
Everyone has the same 24 hours, but it's up to you to figure out how to use them.
Sometimes life can feel like a never-ending rat race. If you're not looking forward to the weekend, you're counting down the days until the next holiday or vacation. Instead of living for the weekend and dreading Mondays, get up and get inspired. Filling your days with things that make you happy will make you feel more fulfilled. The beauty of being a digital nomad is all about finding ways to make your life enjoyable.
Sometimes work consists of long hours, morning commutes are the worst, and your inbox is steadily filling up, but your work life shouldn't influence your whole life. Whether it's filling your newsreel with positive stories or watching inspirational YouTube videos, you can make your life anything but mundane.
Allanah Dykes has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Politics from Fairfield University. She started her freelance career in 2016 and has written about how to land a job post-college, internships, and the interviewing process. She has pieces featured on Elite Daily, Levo League, and Popsugar.