A Digital Nomad’s Guide to Morocco

GUEST POST ABOUT A DIGITAL NOMAD’S GUIDE TO MOROCCO BY SAM ROSS

Morocco is a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. It is a large, interesting country with 34 million citizens and a lot of history; it has Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. The Moroccan coastline stretches across 3,600 km you can find the second highest mountain in Africa here.

Morocco has several big cities, most of which are attractive to digital nomads for different reasons. The country has a strong infrastructure, high-speed internet, reasonably priced accommodation, user-friendly transport, wonderful food and it is well situated for European trips.

 

Where to stay in Morocco

The area you gravitate to in Morocco will depend on your lifestyle preferences. For example, beach lovers are probably going to prefer the cities of Essaouira and Tangier, and surfers will head for Taghazout or Dakhla. If you want to be surrounded by rich local history, head for Fez.

If city living appeals more, check out the cosmopolitan cities of Marrakech, Casablanca or Rabat. If you want to get a slice of village life, you might go for Chefchaouen, and if mountain life seems most appealing, Ait Bougmez could be the place for you.

Getting around Morocco

You shouldn’t have a problem getting around Morocco. There are modern trams running regularly around some of the major cities like Casablanca and Rabat, and there are plenty of buses. Another option is to jump in a cheap cab (don’t forget to barter first, or insist on the meter). Cabs come in two sizes: grand (big) and petit (small), but note that the smaller ones aren’t able to go outside of their city.

Getting online in Morocco

As a digital nomad, internet connection is going to be one of your main priorities. You shouldn’t have too many issues in Morocco, fortunately. It costs less here, and it can be found pretty much everywhere from hotels to coffee shops. It tends to be the case that smaller hotels have better internet.

Most nomads grab themselves a SIM card on arrival. Some buy two (from different operators) in case signal varies from place to place. You can get a decent data package on your SIMs and tether to your phone when there’s no WiFi.

It won’t cost you much, but the best companies are Maroc Telecom and Meditel. For around $7 you’ll get a SIM and 4GB of data. What’s more, inner city the coverage is good and data speed is usually quicker than café WiFi speeds.

Where to work in Morocco

Day to day, cafes and hotels will cover most of your working needs. There are plenty of them, and WiFi is usually reasonable. Co-working spaces are not omnipresent but there are a few you can get your head down in, and they provide more comfortable and convenient facilities for nomads. Here are some of the best options:

In Taghazout (near Agadir) there’s a space called Sun Desk, which is both a co-working and co-living option for nomads, if you want to kill two birds with one stone. Internet connection is 100/10 Mbps, you can work both indoors and outdoors, and there are private Skype rooms for your calls. Prices ranges from 8 euros per day for a pass, but you can get 10 day and monthly passes too. To stay there, expect to pay a minimum of 22 euros per night.

If you’re in the capital, Rabat, head to TechVerse. This is the best in the city, and it has lovely views of the Hassan Tower. You can pay daily prices (50 MAD), or go for the weekly or monthly packages. Included will be high-speed internet, Skype rooms, and video recording equipment.

When in Casablanca, you’ll probably want to work at Netspace, which is a beautiful space indeed. Decorated in a minimal style, it has a cool chill out area and kitchen with free coffee. Again, expect high-speed internet, and access to printers, scanners and more. Day passes start at 100 MAD, and they too have weekly and monthly packages.

You might also want to check out Dare.inc in Rabat, or the Blue House in Taghazout, which offers an intriguing retreat program for entrepreneurs. Casablanca also has New Work Lab, which will rent you a hot desk.

Accommodation in Morocco

Riad is a word you’ll come across quickly. These are the large traditional houses with central courtyards that have been converted into hotels. They normally have a rooftop and courtyard; some have a pool and most have a restaurant. They are generally beautifully decorated and comfortable, but they won’t be cheap if you want to stay somewhere long-term.

Hostels will work out cheaper, with dorms setting you back around $5 or 6 a night. For more privacy, you’ll pay between $10 and $12 for a double room. Hostels tend to be of pretty high quality so can make for comfortable stays. Then there is Airbnb, which to date has remained affordable in Morocco. You’ll pay around $26 or more per night for a decent apartment with everything included. Monthly commitments should bring this price down, however.

If you’re looking to settle for a while, you might want to check out a peer-to-peer renting option. Check out Selektimmo,  Avito or Marocannonces for listings. Another idea would be to contact an estate agent (look out for the word samsar) who will take you around to find a suitable place. For $200 you should be able to find a reasonable apartment, and in the Casablanca, for example, the most you’ll pay is $700 for a studio. You can even rent an entire house if you prefer.

What (and where) to eat in Morocco

If you’re in the bigger cities like Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech, you can find supermarkets with everything you’ll need to cook at home. There are also little stores selling foods of all kinds so you can easily grab your basics. Local produce is cheap, but imported goods will cost you considerably more.

You can pop into most riads for a bite to eat in the courtyard, but this won’t always be cheap. Note that you might need to reserve, especially if you’re not staying there.

Street food is another great option in Morocco. Just make sure the vendors have clean equipment and that there are locals and families buying from them. Here you can sample Msemmen, grilled meats, Ma’akouda (potato patties), Sfinge and Kringo (doughnuts), Harira or B’ssara (soups) and all kinds of juices.

You’re bound to come across tagines, which are found everywhere from roadside cafes to high-class restaurants; they’re the traditional clay pots used to cook many kinds of delicious, fragrant dishes.

In Marrakech, check out Le Fondouk in the heart of the souks. It has tables inside and on the rooftop terrace, overlooking the Medina. In Fez, why not join Café Clock’s cooking school to learn about traditional dishes you can make at home?

What do for fun in Morocco

Most visitors will head to a spa (hammam) at some point for a Turkish-style bath and body scrub, and/or a vigorous massage. It’s a novel experience and well worth doing once!

Drinking is hit and miss in Morocco. When you can find it, it’s expensive and the nightlife isn’t amazing. In Marrakech go to Le Pacha, 555, Theatro, and in Casablanca try out Cabestan, Bodega, Sky bar or Amstrong. You can partake in some wine tasting at the local cellars around Meknes too.

Hikers can explore the stunning Atlas Mountains, and beach bums can head to resorts like Agadir or Saidia for some sunbathing and people watching. Water sports fans, there is fun to be had in Essaouira, where you can also kite surf to your heart’s content. Surfers can mix with their kind in Dakhla or Taghazout.

It would be a shame not to explore the Marrakech medina. Here you’ll wander around the souks (markets) haggling for bargains, soaking in the bustling atmosphere, photographing the architecture and witnessing the unusual forms of entertainment.

About the Author

Sam Ross runs the blog thehammockhombre.com – a travel blog focused around the digital nomad lifestyle. Over the past 3 years, he’s travelled to every continent, so writes on a broad range of countries, cities and destinations.

Morocco is a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. It is a large, interesting country with 34 million citizens and a lot of history; it has Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. The Moroccan coastline stretches across 3,600 km you can find the second highest mountain in Africa here.

Morocco has several big cities, most of which are attractive to digital nomads for different reasons. The country has a strong infrastructure, high-speed internet, reasonably priced accommodation, user-friendly transport, wonderful food and it is well situated for European trips.

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A Digital Nomad in the Heart of Europe: Prague Edition

A Digital Nomad in the Heart of Europe: Prague Edition

GUEST POST ON A DIGITAL NOMAD IN THE HEART OF EUROPE: PRAGUE EDITION BY REBECCA BROWN

Prague is a city quite unlike any other, a rare example of the perfect blend of history and 21st-century life. If you’re embracing the nomadic style of working and living, it should be your next destination. With an eatery or coffee shop around every corner and plenty of culture and history to soak up during leisure hours, you’ll never be short of something to do.

Without further ado, let’s jump right in and take a look at everything one of Europe’s greatest cities has to offer to a digital nomad:

Prague is a city quite unlike any other, a rare example of the perfect blend of history and 21st-century life. If you’re embracing the nomadic style of working and living, it should be your next destination. With an eatery or coffee shop around every corner and plenty of culture and history to soak up during leisure hours, you’ll never be short of something to do.

Without further ado, let’s jump right in and take a look at everything one of Europe’s greatest cities has to offer to a digital nomad:

Charles Bridge

Prague Charles Bridge

One of the main advantages of your nomadic lifestyle is that you can most often work your own hours, and use the rest of your time to truly get to know your current surrounding. And since you have chosen Prague as your home for the next little while, what better place to start exploring than the magnificent Charles Bridge. Dating back to the 14th century, this marvelous piece of architecture is everything you would expect from a city rich in tradition and steeped in culture.

Take a stroll across it first thing in the morning when the sun is coming up or late at night when it is beautifully illuminated and you’ll be able to really get a feel for the city. If you also happen to have a hot mug in your hand and a slice of cake, the experience will be just a bit better.

The bridge is your connection between the two halves of the city, and from it, you can see most of the important sites you will want to explore in the next few weeks.

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

Second on your list of must-see attractions has to be Prague Castle. If the walls of this architectural marvel could speak, they would be able to tell you centuries-worth of stories in a single afternoon. No matter where you look, you’ll see something unique and can learn more about the history of the city and the Czech Republic in general. You will need to pay a ticket to enter some of the museums, but most of the castle is yours to roam. Going on a local tour might help, if you want to learn more than the average tourist.

Old Town offers an unrivaled range of eclectic little eateries, so you’ll never have to make do with coffee and a Danish from Starbucks if you don’t want to. Exploring the winding side streets and hidden avenues is what makes this area of the city so fun to be in. For centuries it has been the beating heart of Prague, and it’s a place you’re sure to spend a lot of time in from the moment you set foot in it.

If you find a library or cafe nearby that is calm and quiet enough to allow you to get down to some serious work, you’ll be able to base your working days in the heart of the city. Working in such a magnificent setting might inspire you to turn more productive and allow you to finish earlier than usual, and you might as well make the most of your time there, and enjoy some of the gorgeous food that is on offer all around you. Czech cuisine is known for its sausages and soups, but you can also grab something much healthier and lighter. You will soon get the hang of the best local shops, but try to stay clear of the main square and the streets surrounding it, and venture a bit further into the maze, as this is where the best places are usually hiding.

Stay Round the Corner from Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square

The final thing to think about when it comes to setting up shop in Prague for a while is where you’re going to stay. Luxury hotels for one weekend are one thing, but if you plan to stay here a while, you will need to find a better option. You can also always choose to stay in a hostel, but that might not exactly be the best working environment.

Your best bet is to find a sublet for a few months, and AirBnB* can help you there. You can also browse some of the local forums, but they might not often be in English. Finding a place that is a hop and a skip from Wenceslas Square might be a good option, as you will be located quite strategically to embrace everything Prague has to offer.

On the other hand, you can choose to stay in a village near Prague, and go into the city for the day, but the better option is to stay in the city, or even in the suburbs. No matter which part of town you choose, there will be a glorious architectural wonder quite nearby, and you can use your commute to get some steps in and explore. While the public transportation system in the city is great, you are much better off walking.

Pack your bags and laptop and head on over to Prague, whose hundreds of spires will enchant you in no time.

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About the Author

Becca is an interpreter by day and mostly travels at night, can fall asleep on any means of transportation, and can most often be found either typing in a Starbucks, or armed with a backpack, ready to take on the latest in a series of hikes. You can read more of her exploits at RoughDraft.

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Best Foods to Boost Your Productivity

Best Foods to Boost Your Productivity

GUEST POST ABOUT BEST FOODS TO BOOST YOUR PRODUCTIVITY BY ANNA ASHMORE

People are always looking for different ways to be more productive. Some folks try to limit their distractions, while others are concentrated on getting enough sleep before going to work and staying hydrated during work hours. There is also one more way to boost your productivity and that is eating certain healthy foods. You can get these foods from a grocery shop or have them delivered to your office. To help you enhance your productivity levels, we’ve handpicked some of the best healthy foods out there.

1. Salmon

Did you know that fatty fishes like salmon contain extremely high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and can boost your productivity at the office? These acids are known to be beneficial for your brain and can improve mental performances. It is good to know that other fatty fish including herring, kipper, trout, and sardines also contain high levels of omega-3s.

2. Blueberries

This is a no-brainer. Berries, especially blueberries are considered being one of the best foods for your brain. They contain everything from fiber and phytonutrients to vitamins and antioxidants. Studies have shown that antioxidants that are found in blueberries help boost focus and improve memory skills.

3. Kale

Many people don’t like the taste of this leafy green vegetable, but the truth is that kale supplies your body and brain with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and iron. There are many cool recipes online that include kale as one of the main ingredients. You can put it as a topping on your burger, eat it raw, or use your blender to prepare kale.

4. Watermelons

If you like going to the gym, watermelon is a great fruit to have after a long work out. It contains high levels of L-citrulline which is an amino acid that improves blood circulation, helps soothe sore muscles, and relaxes your blood vessels.

5. Dark Chocolate

Are you craving something sweet, but at the same time wish to limit your sugar intake? Dark chocolate contains caffeine, magnesium for stress relief, and high levels of antioxidants. Get a bar or two of this energy-boosting treat to improve your cognitive function and overall focus.

6. Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds are full of B vitamin, magnesium, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and tryptophan. This means that this seed is an excellent memory booster and can help you focus more at work. The good news is that you can find many pumpkin seeds recipes online.

7. Avocados

One of the best ways to be productive is to have a consistent flow of blood to the brain and heart. This is where Avocados come in handy, as they are packed with heart-healthy acids including the oleic acid which is known to improve blood flow and also lowers your cholesterol.

8. Eggplant

Thanks to the high-levels of nutrient nasunin, the skin of the eggplant is one of the healthiest foods out there. The thing is that nasunin is an antioxidant that is known to protect your brain cell membranes and helps you to stay focused. Of course, eggplants are also full of dietary fiber, potassium, copper, and Vitamin B.

9. Bananas

Packed with antioxidants, Vitamin B, and minerals, Bananas assist your brain in synthesizing neurotransmitters, help you think sharp, and lower your stress levels. If you are experiencing stomach problems, bananas are full of fibers that can help deal with this issue.

10. Spinach

Popeye’s favorite food, Spinach is full of many nutrients and has plenty of positive effects on your body and mind. It builds strong muscles and bones, helps your brain focus, and reduces stress. Some people think that eating spinach without anything else is not that interesting, but luckily there are many spinach recipes online like Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, Spinach and Tofu Salad with Peanut–Miso Dressing, and Veal and Spinach Lasagna.

Pack a basket of these healthy foods for the office and boost your productivity today.

About the Author

Anna Ashmore is a woman of many talents. She is passionate about literature, sports, travel and education among many other things. She is also an amateur writer who hopes to make it big in the blog world. Professionally, Anna is a market research analyst at Business Scheck and loves her job.

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Working with Amazon: Start Affiliate Sales Today

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The future is digital, and the future of your business is not an exception. There are lots of corporations and firms that work exclusively via the Internet. It is not surprising as it is less expensive than the conventional good-old store where you need to pay rent and hire experts to work full-time. And it is also available for anyone because it is much easier to start. Another trend is the fast-paced modern life – we do everything on the go, and we are quite used to get what we want just through our smartphone. A considerable number of goods are sold through various websites every day.

I love affiliate marketing as it is an effective tool used by lots of websites. The idea is to receive a steady and passive income by getting a commission from sales. The principle I’m applying in my work is intuitive and straightforward! I write an article which refers to an item that is sold through the retailer. As soon as the person uses it to buy anything – I get a percent from the deal. The scheme is pretty convenient – you get paid for ensuring ta good client flow and providing marketing for the retailer.

Amazon Associate is truly a one of a kind partner that you can find. It is enormous; it is popular and well-trusted in almost any place in the world. Let’s start with the fact that their affiliate program is easy and you can begin it as soon as you have a plan for your website. Secondly, there are lots of businesses that have already proven that it is beneficial to work with Amazon. And the third reason comes here – an uncountable amount of the products can be found on the website. There is anything you can think of, and even those things you would never think of. Therefore, you can find the ideal focus reviewing the items you know inside-out.

Needless to say, Amazon is a well-known brand. This platform is famous for a highly popular site and great customer support. So when you see the name you’ve heard positive things about, you’d rather trust your money to them. Another benefit of Amazon is that they have various amazing programs that ensure sales and, for instance, free shipping. And if a person can get free-shipping, he or she will definitely go for it.

Now, when you know why Amazon is worth working with, let’s talk about how to choose the perfect products to get started.

Picking the Products: A Brief Guide

#1 Be Professional

The main thing I want to emphasize is as simple as that: you should write about the things you are good at. Start with the ones that you’re quite familiar with, so that the customers find value in your experienced review. The main thing is to build a strong client base that trusts your opinion. And the best way to do that is to be an expert in what you are talking about.

Sure thing, if you don’t have a college degree in the field you are looking forward to work in, it is not a tragedy. Feel free to consider what you are most interested in. If you have a genuine interest in something, it will help you to grow as a specialist and to learn new things about this field. For instance, if you have no idea about fishing and have never been outside the city center, it is best to stay away from this topic. The clients want an honest and precise review that responds to their expectations, wishes, and requirements. But if you are interested in, for instance, organic beauty products – it is a good idea to write about what you like.

#2 Narrow it Down

The second focus when picking the niche you are going to fill in the market: try to provide a unique perspective on the things. Remember that there are lots of affiliate sales partners all over the web. No one needs another typical copycat site. Try to narrow the topic down to some specific items and find a unique angle. For instance, you can be focusing on the food supplies for pets. But to find that specific angle, you might want to consider narrowing it down to exclusively organic products.

It is hard to create a site that specializes in everything. It might attract the wrong audience and look kind of messy. So pick the favorite topic and get deep into the details to create fascinating content.

#3 Focus on the Features of Each Product in Your Review

You are going to work in the field where people buy things online quickly. That’s why it is better to provide as many details about the items you’re reviewing as possible. If it is not possible, then avoid focusing on the products that should be tried on. For instance, it is hard to buy a dress or shoes online if you are not sure about the sizing. The person might prefer to go to the shop and try the product on there. But there are lots of other things that can be easily bought without trying on – why not focus on them? You can review unique online stuff that is hard to buy in offline stores.

#4 Insert the Right Keywords

When doing marketing research before starting a business, you need to look for the items people are interested in. For instance, you want to focus on refrigerators, but you don’t know what features people pay attention to. Or what particular type of refrigerator is most desired. So look for the most popular keywords in your niche that are also recognized by search engines. The use of SEO helps your website to grow faster. If you will write an article about the “best outdoor pizza oven”, like it was done here, people searching for this product will be much more likely to see your page in search results!

#5 What is Already Popular in Your Niche?

Now, when you have a plan and a topic, we are ready to choose the products. It is always best to start with the ones that you have tried and liked. Otherwise, you might be interested in the Amazon Best Sellers page – there you can find the items that buyers already are fond of. This is a safe way to pick the good quality items that won’t disappoint your readers.

Just put a suitable filter and go for it. Also, consider the rating – if people rated an item with only 1 star,, it is probably terrible. So try to pick those that have 4 or 5 stars because they have proven their quality. Another crucial feature is the number of the comments below the item. For instance, if one product is rated with 5 stars but only with one person,, it might be risky to purchase it. But if there is an item that has 4 stars given by 70 people – it is worth mentioning.

No matter what items you choose, remember to stay passionate about your project! Add hard work – and you will succeed!

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7 Productivity Hacks for the Laptop Warrior

7 Productivity Hacks for the Laptop Warrior

GUEST POST BY ROB ABOUT 7 PRODUCTIVITY HACKS FOR THE LAPTOP WARRIOR

I’m not gonna lie, I’m not a “digital nomad” in the traditional sense. I have a home, I spend the majority of my year there and the longest I’ve lived anywhere else in the world is 2 months (Bali – I love ya). However as an indie dev I’m free to work anywhere my laptop is and so I often embrace the digital nomad lifestyle in spurts, pick a destination, book a flight, find a coffee shop – job done.

This year so far I’ve hit up Toronto, Montreal, Mexico City, Ubud, Bangkok & Chiang Mai and during that time I’ve been working on an app to help those of us fortunate enough to be able to work from anywhere, with just our laptops, find the best coffee shops/cafes to work from.  

Now I like to think of myself as a pretty productive person however when the only person you have to answer to is yourself, your office is a coffee shop and work time is whenever you say it is – it’s really easy to convince yourself now is not the time to work…

And that’s where the following hacks for staying productive while working from your laptop, anywhere you like, come in.

Routine is important

I like to work from the time I wake up, usually 5am, to at least midday after which my brain stops firing on all cylinders so pretty much anything I get done after that is a bonus. For you the times may be different, maybe you’re a night owl and your preferred work time is 10pm to 3am (been there, done that, loved it) however the key thing here is to train yourself that at a certain time is when you get work done. While we might not be the biggest fans (understatement?) of the 9-5 one of the advantages it provides is a consistent routine with a consistent amount of hours a week during which you’re being (or at least pretending to be) productive.

Embrace the flow

I don’t know about you but when I’ve decided I’m going to do something at a certain time I’m going to do something at a certain time. The downside of this personality trait however is that often I’d find myself in that state of flow – you know, where it’s like whatever you’re writing, coding, creating, building etc is just falling out of you, effortlessly, with no end in sight – but still want to stop whatever I’m doing to go do that thing I planned to do at that specific time.

My advice to you – cancel that thing. When you’re in the flow you are super productive, you get so much more done, you work that little bit longer and it’s not every day you find yourself in that state, so don’t waste it – ride it until you run out of caffeine. and then go do that other thing.

Don’t work where you play

Okay that’s my corny play on words of the more profanic well known phrase I’m not going to repeat here but the tip here is simple: Allow your brain to associate your living room, bedroom, favourite restaurant/hang out spot etc with relaxation, fun, downtime, anything that isn’t work.

And you want it to associate work with your favourite coffee shop or cafe or wherever else it is you like to work from. It makes it so much easier to switch on and off in relation to work when it’s a physical switch and not just a mental one.

Have “free” days

I used to hate having days where I wasn’t working and therefore wasn’t productive. Hate them. Okay I’m lying, I still do. But I got over it in favor of being more productive on the days I do work. How? With this idea I call “free days”. Those days where you wake up and you just want to do anything other than work – don’t fight it, it turns out the world won’t come crashing down if you don’t send that email, do something else. Go swimming, go hike, go binge Desperate Housewives if that’s your thing. You want to enjoy what you do and forcing yourself to do it might end up having the opposite effect. So when that feeling hits you, take a free day.

Make a plan

I recently heard someone say, for those of us who tend to “wing it”, something along the lines of “try to write down a plan of what you’ve got to do today to reach your goal – then you realise you have no clue what you’re doing”. Maybe a bit harsh but is it wrong?

If you’re someone who likes to keep everything in your head you might’ve already found it hard to focus on the path to your goal, it makes it hard to see just how much progress you’ve made by the end of the day because you might forget things you’ve done, and it makes it hard to look ahead at what’s next to do.

In contrast, plans keep you focused, they keep you organized, they let you know at the end of the day what’s been accomplished and what’s next to do. 

Remember, the human brain can only hold onto to 4 things in working memory at any time, a plan is just 1.

Have a side hustle

I know right?! You already have a hustle, it takes up 24h of your day and now I’m advocating for more on top of that??! Damn right. Why? Sometimes (only sometimes) the procrastination monkey gets me. He tells me to go on YouTube, he tells me to go on Facebook, he tells me to shop on Amazon, he tells me 101 things to do other than what I’m supposed to be doing, and I’ve come to the conclusion that if you can’t beat him – mislead him, and that’s where the side hustle comes in.

Resistance doesn’t care what else it is you do (for those of you not familiar with the War of Art, you can substitute resistance for procrastination, time wasting etc etc), it’s only goal is to stop you doing what you’re supposed to do. So when I find myself in the company of resistance, my brain refusing to take part in the task at hand no matter how hard I try – I go work on my side hustle. Not only am I nursing that procrastination itch but I’m being productive while doing it. Win win.

Eat that frog (or make little wins)

For those of you not familiar with Eat That Frog the concept is relatively simple, decide what’s the most important task of the day that you are absolutely dreading – and do that first.  Once it’s done, everything else seems wayyy easier and much more amicable.

However for those of us who just can’t stomach that frog right now there’s always plan B – make little wins.

Pick 3 to 5 of the smallest, easiest tasks you can do right now that have some importance (aka not busy work) and do those first. Write them on a list, tick them off as you go, by task 5 you’re on a roll, look how much you’ve done, now keep going!!

And that’s it, my top 7 tips to staying productive when the only person you have to answer to – is you.

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About the Author

Since launching his first app in 2012, Rob has personally released over 20 apps, with 300k+ downloads, has been featured on Lifehacker & even BBC News, and in that process has crafted himself a work/life balance that allows easily flipping between working, creating & travelling. He’s just released his first DN focused app – Coffee Working & is about to launch his first app dev bootcamp in Bali with @codingnomads. You can find him everywhere @lowcarbrob.

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INTERMITTENT FASTING

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