How to Deal with Overwhelm and Decision Fatigue

How to Deal with Overwhelm and Decision Fatigue

Recently I’ve been struggling with a common issue for business owners and digital nomads: Decision Fatigue! ?

I’d been trying to decide what kind of content I would like to regularly create for Digital Nomad Girls and I couldn’t decide whether that should be ? video content or a ? podcast.

You might’ve even heard me talk about this before because I’ve been going back and forth about this for literally years and I’m driving myself insane. ?

So instead of doing either videos or a podcast, I’ve been doing nothing because I’ve just been overthinking it, which led me to realize that this is something that I do quite often.

I get frozen by decision fatigue.

But luckily I have a few tools in my magic mindset box ? that I try to use when find myself in this situation.

So I thought, hang on, wouldn’t that be a great topic for a video?  So that’s what I did: I recorded my very first video where I share my top 4 tips on how I deal when I’m overwhelmed with decision fatigue.

 

If you prefer blog posts over videos, then keep on reading along!

Let’s face it, in business we have to make a lot of decisions all the time, 10 times a day, 100 times a day. ⏰ And as digital nomads even more when we’re planning the next destination, accommodation etc.

We have to decide so many things. A lot of them are really important and that means we often get stuck or at least I get stuck. ?

  • Should I do a podcast or should I do videos? ?‍♀️
  • Should I create a course or a membership site? ?
  • Should I write an ebook or create a PDF? ?

All of these things, every single day, there are so many decisions to make.

How to Stop Overwhelm and Decision Fatigue

So here are my top tips:

Tip #1 to beat Decision Fatigue: Awareness

The first thing is obviously being aware that this is happening, stop and catch yourself: “Oh my God, I’m in this decision fatigue loop. I’m in the downward spiral. I need to get myself out of here. I’m over-complicating everything.

So awareness is number one.

Tip #2: Experiment

The second thing that I like to do, which draws from my background as a scientist ?‍? a little bit, is to really see this as an experiment; because really everything is an experiment in business.

Everything we do, we have to do it for the first time at some point. So this includes, for example, me recording a video like the one above ? (you should totally watch it!).

But if I reframe that to myself, not as, “Oh my God, I have to record my first video” ? but, “Oh, today I have an experiment and that is recording my first video.” Then, there’s a mindset shift around it. ?

And it’s also important to recognise it as experiment #1 because there is always a row of experiments, and you learn more every time.

So as soon as I reframe it as an experiment ?, I’ll try it out, see if I like it, see what happens. This takes a lot of pressure off me.

Tip #3: MVPs or Leaps

Whenever I start overcomplicating things, I ask myself, what is the MVP here? MVP stands for minimum viable product, but I use it for anything I am working on.

So when I’m overthinking, I try to find a way to simplify the problem.

Am I trying to add too many bells and whistles? How can I bring this back to the simplest version that it can possibly be? And that often takes a lot of pressure away again. ?

Now one of my business and personal development heroes is Tara Mohr, who wrote the book Playing Big. And she has a really cool concept in there, which she calls the Leap.

taking the leap tara mohr decision fatigue

The Leap is something that helps you when you get stuck, when you’re over-complicating, when you have a massive project and you don’t even know where to start. ?

Designing a Leap can be really helpful.

A Leap is something that:

  • you can do in one or two weeks
  • is simple enough that you can actually get it done
  • is uncomfortable enough that you have to push yourself a little bit – you have to play big!
  • has to bring you in contact with other people like your ideal audience, readership etc.

So for example, my Leap was to record this video and share it with you and ask you for feedback ? (I’d love if you could leave some on YouTube!).

I really like this tool because it’s small – it stops me from overthinking.

Tip #4: Make it fun!

This one is really, really important: try to make it fun and remember why you’re actually trying to do this thing! ?

Business should be fun, otherwise what’s the point of being in business if you hate it? ?‍♀️ I love running my business and so many aspects of it are really, really fun.

So whenever I find myself in this, “what should I doooo??” panic phase, I’m like, hang on, that’s not fun.

Why am I doing this to myself? How can I make this fun again?

For example, I thought it would be really fun to just whack the webcam on and record this video and just see what happens. ?

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So these are my top four tips to help you deal with overwhelm and decision fatigue!

I would absolutely love for you to give me some feedback below. Please let me know in the comments if you liked the video or the tips and if it was helpful!

I’d love to know if you think I should be doing more videos like this, sharing some business ? lessons, some mindset ? lessons, some inspirational stuff ✨, and maybe recapping some of my favourite personal development books and business books ? .

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How to deal with overwhelm when working remotely

How to deal with overwhelm when working remotely

I don’t know about you, but as a business owner and digital nomad, I often feel totally overwhelmed and out of my depth. So today I thought I’d share some tips on how I deal with overwhelm when it hits.

So, yesterday I shared a little poll in the DNG Facebook Group because I wanted to write a blog post to get back into a content creation routine, but I was totally confused, overwhelmed and overthinking what to write about. Here’s what I shared:

OMG I’m in a total overthinking loop right now!! Help me!  ? I want to start blogging again and can’t decide what to write about first, ugh! Which blog post would you like to read?”

I gave a few options and then my friend Sonia Jaeger (who is an online therapist and long-time nomad) added the poll option “OMG I’m in a total overthinking loop right now – and how to get out of it”.

I see what she did there ?

And guess what, lots of people voted on that option.

In the meantime, I had tried to write about a different topic (how to create structure while working at home – despite hating structure; coming soon!).

But my thoughts were so all over the place ? and the imposter syndrome was so strong ?‍♀️ and…. well I got totally overwhelmed. ?

I did finish the post but I had all these doubts swirling in my head:

  • Who am I to share this?
  • I’m too late, everyone knows this already.
  • I should probably think of something more important to write about.

And on an on. My Inner Critic was having a field day, I’m pretty sure she was wolfing down popcorn while enjoying the show.

How to deal with overwhelm & overthinking when working remotely - popcorn

I was almost ready to give up when I realised, hey, that’s all BS, I am overthinking, overworrying, overwhelmed.

And to be super honest I’ve been feeling like that for weeks now.

That’s why I haven’t written all those helpful, valuable blog posts before, the ones I felt I should be writing. ?‍♀️

And that’s exactly the problem right now, I shouldn’t be doing anything at all apart from looking after myself and being there for my loved ones and members.

And I’ve been doing that.

So then I thought, if I’m feeling all this crazy overwhelm around my business and how to show up for my community, how to add value in a crazy time like this….then you might be feeling similar.

And maybe it’s most helpful right now to talk about THAT.

So that’s what I’ll be doing, I’m going to share how to deal with overwhelm and how I get myself out of those total overthinking loops when they happen (all the time fyi).

And maybe one or two things will resonate with you. And they don’t always happen in the same order either, so feel free to pick and choose.

Recognise what’s happening

I’ve spent countless days over the past years (and especially in the last month) overthinking everything I’m doing. I can go round and round in circles driving myself virtually insane. ?

But eventually, I will realise what’s going on. Like I finally take a step outside this vortex of crazy and realise I’ve been in one of those situations. ?‍♀️

How to deal with overwhelm & overthinking when working remotely - see the inner critic

As soon as that happens, I can name it:

“Oh, it’s the crazy overthinking spiral of doom! Hello old friend!” or maybe

“Aha, it’s the Inner Critic in cahoots with Lady Imposter Syndrome. What a team.” ?

Once I name it, it takes away some of the power it has over me. Then it’s time to…

Take a step back

Yep, it’s time to literally take a breath. A deep breath or 17. In through the nose, out through the mouth.

I know you might be rolling your eyes right now, I used to roll mine so hard when people told me to breathe. But that shit works.

I’ve used the Calm app which has this cool breathing bubble tool that helps you count your breath, or sometimes I just sit up, close my eyes and breathe. ?‍♀️

How to deal with overwhelm & overthinking when working remotely - breath

Call SOS

Asking for help can be difficult, especially in our businesses. Especially when we think we have to show up as a strong leadership kinda person, you know.

But we all need help, and the sooner we realise that and get on board, the sooner we can create much more meaningful lives, businesses and ultimately a better world.

How to deal with overwhelm & overthinking when working remotely

Woah, that went big quickly hey?  ?

But in all seriousness, whenever I’m stuck with anything, there always comes a point where it hits me. Oh, I haven’t asked for help yet. Why don’t I ask my community what they actually want to read? ? Duh.

Or why don’t I ask my members what virtual events they’d like to attend this month?

And it works every single time. Like with this blog post, I knew I’d get a nudge in the right direction. (Thank you, Sonia!)

Btw, if you’re looking for some awesome women to help you when you’re feeling totally ovwhelmed, then join the DNG Inner Circle, it’s our Virtual Coworking & Social Club! The doors are open right now and we’d love to meet you!! > >

Stop Shaving the Yak

stop shaving the yak

What the heck, Jenny? Why are you shaving a yak???

Ok, not a real yak of course, a metaphorical one. Bare with me.

I read about this on Seth Godin’s blog and I love the visual of this.

Shaving the yak means feeling like you have to take 8 steps back before you can take one forward.

The example goes something like this: you want to clean your car, but the hose is broken, so you need to fix it, but you don’t have the tool, so you could ask to borrow your neighbour’s toolbox, but you already borrowed their beanbag and you have to replace the stuffing because it fell out….

So the next thing you know, you’re at the zoo, shaving a yak because you wanted to wash your car. ?

I do this in my business all the time and it’s one of the main causes of overwhelm.

Once I notice the yak, I can stop and take a look around.

What is the MVP?

If I don’t want to end up shaving the yak, I need to find something that I can do ? right now, that will take me in the right direction ?  and is achievable without me going down the spiral of doom again.

So I think what’s the MVP, the minimum viable product here? Or in other words, what is the simplest version that I can do right now?

If I want to write a blog post, I can either overthink and try to write the next viral hit, or I can keep it simple and think about what do I know right now, that I can share and add value to my potential readers. Something small, a bit helpful or entertaining.

Then do that.

Do what’s fun right now

At the same time, I also really like listening to my gut in those moments. Like with writing a blog post yesterday, it all just felt wrong. Then when I saw Sonia’s idea for THIS blog post, it felt light, and a bit fun too. ?

I run my business because I love the freedom that comes with it, love my members and creating content for them.

But I also love it because it’s fun. And I think it also should be fun.

have fun - a party pineapple

When I’m in one of those terrible overthinking moods, nothing feels light and fun anymore. It’s all heavy and too much. ? How can I expect myself to create something valuable in that mood? I can’t.

So I look for the fun part. I recommend you try it some times.

Or I give up

Yeah, that’s right, sometimes I just have to accept that it’s not gonna happen right now. I can’t force myself to create something of value and maybe I just need to do something completely different for a while.

Like hula hooping, yoga, water colouring, doodling, chatting to a friend, going for a walk, reading, binging Fairytale Weddings ? on Disney+ (my guilty pleasure right now) …. you know, the usual. If you need some ideas on how to spend your time during lockdown, I have a blog post about that here > >

Taking a break and coming back with a fresh mind a few hours later or the next day can do wonders. And in this insanely difficult and confusing time we find ourselves in (in lockdown during the corona crisis in case you’re from the future) we simply have to cut ourselves some slack.

 

And that’s it. Usually, after a combination of the above, I eventually find my groove again and get into a clearer headspace to actually do good work. But I also know the next overwhelm/overthinking phase is just around the corner, but I’ll totally take on that yak ? when it arrives.

I hope you found some of these tips on how to deal with overwhelm helpful and I would love to hear your own tips in the comments!

Yes, a digital nomad can be a climate activist

Yes, a digital nomad can be a climate activist

This post is a follow up to the post I shared a few months ago about some of the changes I’ve been making in order to cut my carbon footprint, you can read it here. I want to show that, yes, a digital nomad can be a climate activist, an no, we’re not all hypocrites.

Also, this post is going to be a bit rough around the edges as I’m writing this the evening of the 6th October 2019, before heading down to London in the morning (by train 😉 to join the International Rebellion by the global climate justice movement, Extinction Rebellion. And I still need to pack → see classic nomad problems. ?‍♀️

This morning I woke up super excited, super nervous and also a little scared, I’m not gonna lie.

Am I a hypocrite?

See, for the past 6 years (nearly to the day) I’ve been travelling around the world with my boyfriend, first as backpackers, then as working-holiday-ers and for the past 4+ years as digital nomads. So I’m not going to beat around the bush: my carbon footprint has been huge. Those planes burn a lot of fossil fuels. ✈️

And don’t get me wrong, since waking up to this reality, I’ve felt both guilty and like a hypocrite. Because I’ve always seen myself as a bit of an environmentalist, not only because I used to volunteer for Greenpeace.

But you don’t have to worry, this post is not about guilt-tripping any of my fellow digital nomads into changing your ways, stopping to fly or giving up this lifestyle. Not at all. We’ve all worked hard to create a life we love and we should be proud of that. ?

But I do want to talk about the responsibility I’ve personally been feeling to take a closer look at my lifestyle, how it has evolved over the past 6 years and whether it’ll be sustainable (both environmentally, physically and mentally) to keep it up this way. And what exciting ways there are to adjust it (this is for a future blog post).

You see, I love travelling. I still do and I probably always will. It’s one of the greatest pleasures and privileges of my life to be able to travel and see this amazing planet. ?

And that’s also why I feel so strongly that I need to play a role in trying to save it. There’s simply too much at risk not to step up now.

A crowd of people marching for the climate with an Extinction rebellion flag

We only have around 8.5 years of carbon budget to burn as a society, after that we’re heading straight for at least a 2°C warming (and that’s a conservative estimate) at which point feedback loops and tipping points will kick off leading to runaway climate change which we won’t be able to stop anymore.

Gulp. ?‍♀️

Now, my natural digital nomad approach to a problem of this scale would usually be to book a plane ticket for as far away as possible. I’m not kidding. It would be much easier and much more fun to simply run away and try to ignore this.

But once you see the scale of the crisis, it’s impossible to unsee. So here I am.

In Wiltshire, UK. At my in-laws home packing up to spend the next week in London, joining the International Rebellion through non-violent direct action.

The perks of being a nomad

And after the rollercoaster of emotions had worn off a little bit, I realised how grateful I am that I created a business and lifestyle that allows me to spend a week away from my laptop (almost a whole week, we’ll be running a live event from the Rebellion together with my brilliant friend Sophia Cheng, read her Titanic-themed blog post about becoming an activist here) and join this movement.

And it’s my digital nomad lifestyle that allowed me to do this. So yes, a digital nomad can be a climate activist. ?‍?✊

So if any fellow digital nomads are reading this who wondered if you can take part in any of the actions, marches, and protests happening around the world or whether you are hypocrites, I want to let you know that we’re no more hypocrites than everyone else living in this broken system. Yes, individual action matters, a LOT. But without the systemic change needed, it won’t be enough. So let’s start there as time is running out. (watch my friend Sophia’s Stand Up for the Planet comedy routine, she touches upon this topic in a hilarious way ?).

As the saying goes, we don’t need 1 climate activist doing everything perfectly, we need millions of climate activists doing things imperfectly.

A sign at a climate protest saying We are on fire, act now

So wherever you are in the world, get involved. Give a talk at a coworking space. Join a protest. Volunteer to admin a local Facebook Group for XR or any other movement. I believe there’s a role for each of us and yes, a digital nomad can be a climate activist.

There are so many things we can do together imperfectly. Now’s the time.

I will write again after my time in London to keep you posted about what’s going on.

Love and rage,

Jenny

11 Must-Read Books for Aspiring Digital Nomad Girls

11 Must-Read Books for Aspiring Digital Nomad Girls

Today we’re sharing 11 Must Read Books for Aspiring Digital Nomad Girls!

Everybody raise your hand if you’re a total book worm? ?‍♀

I love reading, always have and always will. So naturally, when I started getting interested in this whole digital nomad adventure, I turned to books. And Google. And podcasts. And blogs. 

But always books.

Now, there are a bunch of ‘How to Become a Digital Nomad’ books out there, I’ve read a few but definitely not all. Some are really great, some not so much. In fact, I even started writing one myself about 2 years ago. I’ll let you know when it’s ready 😉 

But what if you’ve already read those books? And what if you still have questions or if you just want to prepare even more?

That’s how I felt. I wanted to know more about the philosophy behind this lifestyle, about mindset, productivity, financial planning, and business.

So I put together a list of 11 books for aspiring Digital Nomad Girls, but honestly, most of these are still great books to read even if you’ve been working online and travelling a while. I broke them down into categories for you:

Mindset & Lifestyle

1. The Suitcase Entrepreneur by Natalie Sisson

One of the first digital nomads I ever heard of was Natalie Sisson, for me she’s basically THE original DNG.

Natalie was being interviewed on a podcast I listened to and I still remember to this day that it totally blew my mind how she had broken away from a corporate career and started a business and life as a nomad. She was so cool.

I read her book ‘The Suitcase Entrepreneur’ years ago and I still think it’s one of the best entry-level books to this lifestyle.

Natalie’s second book, The Freedom Plan, is a great follow up as it goes into more detail of how you can design your whole life and business that really works for you, whether that means being fully location independent or running a coworking farm (for example). Whatever works best for you.

2. The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau

The Art of Non-Conformity is the first book by Chris Guillebeau, who is also known as the Indiana Jones of career experts’.

Guillebeau is most famous for 2 things: visiting every country in the world and founding the World Domination Summit in Portland. This book is based on his famous online manifesto “A Brief Guide to World Domination” and is an inspiring read for all of those who think ‘there must be more to life’

Unlike many inspirational books it’s not based on making as much money as possible and then retiring young, but instead on finding work that you love and that gives value to the world.

You’ll discover how to live on your own terms by exploring creative self-employment, radical goal-setting, contrarian travel, and embracing life as a constant adventure.”

3. Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Vision and Make Things Happen by Tara Mohr

Playing Big is one of my favourite personal development books. Tara Mohr’s mission in life and her business is to help women stop playing small and to live up to their potential in life and their careers. 

Whenever I’m asked what the biggest challenge has been for me on my nomad journey, I always say mindset.

Lack of confidence, comparing yourself, imposter syndrome – they’ve all held me back more than a lack of knowledge around sales funnels (although I’m still figuring them out). Playing Big is a book that addresses all of this and it’s specifically written for women. I love it and will be re-reading it regularly.

Productivity

When you work for yourself, you’re totally in charge of your time, you decide when to work, where to work, what to work on. It can be overwhelming, to say the least. As nomads, we have to be equipped with the right tools and to understand exactly what works for us. The next three books do exactly that.

4. 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam

Have you ever wished that there were more hours in a day? Of course you have. We all have.

Laura Vanderkam interviewed dozens of successful and happy people, who seemed to have all the time in the world, and in the process she found that they allocate their time differently than us.

So if you ever wondered how it is that Beyonce also only has 24 hours in a day, then this book is for you.

5. The 4 Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

One of the most important things we need to learn (not only as nomads), is how we respond to expectations, both outer expectations (i.e. I have a client deadline) and inner expectations (i.e. I want to get up at 7 every morning to write my new ebook).

Gretchen Rubin created a simple framework, called the 4 Tendencies, to help you understand how you react to these expectations, and she gives us the tools to make better decisions, plan according to our strengths and set better goals.

It’s helped me immensely to know that I’m a Rebel Tendency and I recommend this book to everyone who will listen. You can take the free quiz here. 

6. Atomic Habits by James Clear

Total freedom and flexibility are high on the goals list of most digital nomads. But as I sadly had to learn the hard way, a complete lack of structure and routine can be more hindering than freeing. So we have to make sure we find schedules, routines and habits that work for us. And these will look different for each of us.

Thankfully, I learned that just because I’ve had trouble forming habits in the past, it doesn’t have to stay this way.

In Atomic Habits, James Clear “draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible.”

It’s a really interesting read with actionable advice that you can come back to again and again. It might even make habit building fun.

Finances

7. Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

Managing your money can be a complex topic at the best of times, but when you’re self-employed AND travelling the world non-stop (i.e. your costs are not very predictable), you might need a little help.

In Profit First, Mike Michalowicz introduces a few very simple but powerful principles that you can follow in your business accounting from day 1. It takes into account human nature as well as traditional accounting, and will help entrepreneurs “transform their businesses from cash-eating monsters to profitable cash cows”. 

Minimalism

8. The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

You’ve probably already heard of Marie Kondo or maybe even watched her Netflix series, Tidying Up. And maybe you’re asking yourself why the heck this is featured in a list for digital nomads?

But here’s the thing: as digital nomads we have to be pretty minimalist. And if you want to give up your homebase (which btw you don’t have to at all), then downsizing will be on the cards. 

digital nomad suitcase minimalism

Marie Kondo’s book has really helped me figure out which material things should be in my life and which ones shouldn’t. It can be super helpful to ‘KonMari’ your suitcase once a year or so too, to get rid of anything that doesn’t spark joy.

 

Business & Remote Work

9. Work Together Anywhere: A Handbook on Working Remotely – Successfully – for Individuals, Teams, and Managers by Lisette Sutherland and Kirsten Janene-Nelson

If you’ve only ever worked in an IRL environment, the idea of working completely remotely can be daunting. What is it like not seeing your colleagues every day? How do you communicate effectively? How can you be productive? Or form meaningful relationships with coworkers?

Lisette Sutherland explores all of this and much more in Work Together Anywhere.

I’ve not read it yet (it’s on the list and Kindle), but I’ve (virtually) met Lisette and she’s truly a champion for, and expert on, remote work.

10. Panic Proof: How the Right Virtual Assistant Can Save Your Sanity and Grow Your Business by Jess Ostroff 

I have to admit I haven’t read this book yet, BUT I heard Jess speak at a conference about this topic and she was incredible. Jess has since shared her knowledge on how to hire the right VA with us as an expert in the DNG Inner Circle and I have no doubt that her book is just as brilliant as her talk.

digital nomad girl working on laptop

This book might not be relevant when you’re just starting out. But as soon as you’re ready to outsource it’ll be a lifesaver, as I can attest first hand how tricky it can be to find the right person to help you with your business.

11. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

Ok, I was debating whether to add this book or not, because it’s a bit controversial and in my eyes, ‘bromady’.

But many people would say that Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek is ‘the digital nomad bible’ and I did read it when I first started out. But the truth is, it’s also not exactly aligned with DNG’s mission of doing work you love and that adds value AND allows you to work online. Instead, the 4HWW focuses on creating passive income at all costs. 

But if you’ve never read it before, then it might still have some interesting parts to it. And seriously, it’s kind of a rite of passage and you don’t want to miss any references or jokes with your future nomad friends 😉

2 Bonus Books for those of you who haven’t done much travelling (yet!)

When I was first planning my year-long around the world trip, I was obsessed with travel planning. I read dozens of travel blogs, had a metre-high stack of Lonely Planets next to my bed, and could be found in the travel section of book shops whenever I had an hour’s break.

Ok, this might have been a bit excessive, but I had never travelled long-term or backpacked before. Now, most digital nomads aren’t technically backpackers, but I do think that if you don’t have much travel experience yet, then these two books can be really helpful.

I hope you enjoy a few or all of these books for aspiring Digital Nomad Girls and that they’ll help you prepare for your nomad life!

Let us know your favourite books for aspiring Digital Nomad Girls in the comments below!

 

5 Reasons Why We Love Virtual Coworking – and Why You Will, Too!

5 Reasons Why We Love Virtual Coworking – and Why You Will, Too!

Today, let’s talk about coworking and why I love, love love virtual coworking (and what the hell it even is).

First off though, I want to say that I’m a huge fan of coworking. But I hardly ever use coworking spaces. Sounds a bit weird, right?

The truth is, I totally get why coworking spaces work for some people. And in the past, they’ve worked very well for me too.

women on laptop

But now my work is very heavy on live calls, and it’s hard to find a coworking space with private Skype rooms. Plus, I am really extroverted and often I end up chatting more than actually working. #counterproductive

But I also struggle with the same challenges that most Digital Nomads encounter: loneliness and lack of motivation or feeling really unproductive.

I simply miss having colleagues, people to bounce ideas around, vent when I’m having a crappy day at work or share my wins when I’m having a good one.

Thankfully, I found an awesome way to get all the benefits of coworking, without having to change out of my pyjamas or pay hundreds of dollars for a desk every month.

Enter: Virtual Coworking.

Virtual or online coworking is a new trend amongst remote workers and freelancers and I think it’s here to stay. In the DNG Inner Circle we virtually cowork together all the time and I get so many questions about it that I thought I’d share why it’s awesome.

Here are 5 reasons why we love virtual coworking – and you will, too!

First, what the heck is virtual coworking anyway?

Virtual coworking means meeting online with one or more other real people (no robots involved… yet) to get some work done, hold each other accountable, and ideally make some new friends and build a professional network.

In the Inner Circle, we meet via Zoom for 2 hours at a time, set our goals and then work in Pomodoros. It’s fun, it’s productive and it’s totally location independent.

And here’s why this is so awesome:

1. Accountability from anywhere

If you’re anything like me, you might have days where you feel super motivated and get lots done before it’s even lunch time.

But on other days, I end up binge watching the Gilmore Girls until 2 pm or meet friends for a 3-hour brunch. On a Tuesday.

Don’t get me wrong, I love this flexibility and it’s great to be able to do this once in a while. But when it gets a habit, it’s not productive anymore and I start to feel guilty.

woman working

The lack of structure and accountability we have a digital nomads is super exciting in the beginning, but after the novelty has worn off, it can actually be a huge burden.

If I’ve learned anything in the 5 years that I have been traveling, it’s that accountability matters.

Virtual coworking is a great way to add accountability to your life, no matter where you are, how long you’re staying or whether there’s a big nomad scene.

Knowing that there are other girls working at the same time, getting their work done, is extremely motivating. And by incorporating virtual coworking sessions into your days, you start creating a bit of a routine, which can help so much with feeling overwhelmed or unproductive.

2. Make new friends

This is definitely my favourite part of virtual coworking, it’s a fantastic way to make new friends.

When I say loneliness is one of the biggest challenges not only digital nomads face, but most people who are self-employed or business owners, I’m not exaggerating.

Working by yourself every day sucks a bit, but it’s not always avoidable.

Over the past year or so I have made so many new friends during our coworking sessions, I can’t even count them.

Girls from all around the world join in and they all understand each other’s struggles, help each other out, ask for feedback, hire each other and yes, make friends.

And the great part is, these friends travel with you virtually wherever you go.

3. Get feedback

When I used to work in a lab and hit a road block, the first thing I’d do was to share it with my lab mates. Sometimes they had faced the same problem already and could point me in the right direction, other times we tried to figure out a solution together.

It was fun to be able to bounce ideas around, get and give feedback and generally work together, even if we all had totally different projects we were working on. We still had each others’ backs.

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When I started working online, I very quickly realised that I was pretty much alone with my questions. That’s why I started DNG in the first place. And virtual coworking spaces take this concept much further than a normal online community could.

During our coworking sessions, we see each other face to face but we can also share screens and links. We’ve audited each other’s websites, helped design workbooks, tweaked web copy and tonnes more.

It’s so great to have a space and bunch of women to ask these things in real time.

4. No more bye-bye’s

If you’ve been around the digital nomad block for a little while already, then you’ve probably tried out a few coworking spaces.

But they are really quite peculiar if you think about it. We want nothing more than escape the cubicle and once we have, we then pay good money to go work at an office.

Of course, I totally get the pros of coworking, I’ve had many a coworking session which was fun and productive.

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But the big problem is, as soon as you say goodbye to your current location and move on to new shores, you’re gonna have to start totally from scratch.

It can be quite disheartening and even take a while to feel settled again. You have to reintroduce not only yourself every time you move, but also your business.

I found it easy to lose momentum.

What I love about virtual coworking is that you never have to say your bye-byes anymore. Because you can work together from anywhere in the world, you can stay up to date on each others projects and challenges and help each other out.

5. Get sh*t done

And last but not least, you get lots done. Even though our sessions are just a few hours long, we get tonnes done because we set goals together, check in regularly and also get much better at judging how long certain tasks actually take.

The girls use the virtual coworking sessions for all sorts of tasks, from boring admin tasks that need to get ticked off, to creative work. Others have written whole online courses over multiple sessions, or used the time to pitch new clients.

It’s totally up to you what you work on and the focused time can be beneficial to all sorts of tasks.

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For example, I love writing my newsletters during virtual coworking, but I also often do customer support, emails or batch social media content.

After a few sessions, you’ll get the hang of what tasks you like to tackle.

So, is it time to try out some virtual coworking yourself?

There you have it, virtual coworking is awesome and definitely a trend that’s here to stay.

So where can you try out virtual coworking? You can either make a virtual coworking date with a friend, of even better, join our virtual coworking community, the DNG Inner Circle!

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We have coworking sessions almost every day now, hosted either by myself or a member. Plus we do other fun ways to foster real community for us nomad girls, like live Q&As, Virtual Mixer Parties, our Book Club Meetups, Monthly Goal Setting and lots more fun stuff.

Check out the Inner Circle here and join us today! We’ll be coworking together in no time!

Leave a comment below if you have any questions about virtual coworking or the Inner Circle!

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25+ Inspiring and Empowering Female Leaders

25+ Inspiring and Empowering Female Leaders

We recently had an amazing discussion in our Digital Nomad Girls community about our members’ favorite female leaders in online business, personal development or lifestyle; ladies that they actively follow and whose content they love!

I’m not going to write too long of an intro as this blog post is all about featuring these awesome women. So without further ado, here are 26 truly inspiring women that are dominating in their field.

Carrie Green

Carrie Green is one of my personal favorites! She’s the amazing founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association and such a business role model!

Website | Instagram | Youtube

Brene Brown

Dr. Brene Brown studies courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She has written incredible books and given inspiring talks that we love!

Ted Talk | Website | Books

Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins is a highly successful motivational speaker, CEO of The Confidence Project and inspiring author of The 5 Second Rule.

Website | Book | Audible Series | Ted Talk

Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, a motivational speaker, mom of 4, and founder of the Chic Site and the Hollis Company.

Website | Book | Instagram

Oprah Winfrey

Does Oprah really need a blurb? She’s Oprah! Television host, actress, philanthropist, producer, public figure. Oprah is everything.

Website | Instagram | Facebook

Julie Stoian

Julie is the founder of Create Your Laptop Life and a digital marketing expert. She has helped 1,000’s of people launch their online businesses!

Website | Podcast | Facebook

Paula Pant

Paula Pant is the founder of the award-winning website AffordAnything.com and specializes in money, business and real estate investing!

Website | Podcast | Instagram

Gabby Bernstein

Gabby Bernstein is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Judgment Detox, a speaker and a self proclaimed ‘spirit junkie’!

Website | Book | Instagram

Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie Ajayi is a fabulous speaker and New York Times Bestselling author of I’m Judging You.  She was also crowned “America’s 50 Most Influential Women” by Marie Claire in 2016!

Website | Ted TalkPodcast | Book | Instagram

Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 NY Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic and gave one of my favorite Ted Talks ever!

Website | Ted Talk | Instagram | Books

Amy Porterfield

Amy Porterfield is a true celebrity in the online business world and a top-level online marketing expert with a brilliant podcast that we love. 

Website | Podcast | Instagram

Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo is online business royalty, for sure. She’s a CEO, writer and host of her award-winning show MarieTV! We LOVE her.

Website | MarieTV | Instagram

Danielle Laporte

Danielle Laporte is a bestselling author, speaker, entrepreneur, mom, blogger, and one of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100!

Website | Book | Instagram

Lisa Nichols

Lisa Nichols is a bestselling author, CEO of Motivating the Masses, media personality and motivational speaker!

Website | Youtube | Facebook

Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson is a NYT Bestselling Author, lecturer, entrepreneur and activist! She specializes in self-help and self-development.

Website | Ted Talk | Books

Emma Gannon

Emma Gannon is the creator of the popular podcast – Ctrl Alt Delete. She’s also a Sunday Times Bestselling author of The Multi-Hyphen Method

Website | Podcast | Book | Blog

Natalie MacNeil

Natalie MacNeil is an Emmy Award winner, best-selling author and founder of She Takes On The World. What CAN’T this girl do?

Blog | Book | Facebook | She Takes on the World TV

Jen Sincero

Jen Sincero is the amazing #1 NY Times Bestselling author of You are a Badass! She’s also a wonderful motivational speaker and all around badass!

Website | Book | Instagram

Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso is the famous founder of Nasty Gal, CEO of Girl Boss, and NY Times Best Selling Author of #GIRLBOSS.

Girl Boss | Instagram | Book | Facebook

Michelle Obama

We love, love, love Michelle Obama, especially after reading her memoir – Becoming Michelle Obama. Highly recommended from our team!

Website | Book | Facebook

Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark is a business consultant, keynote speaker, adjunct professor at Duke University and author of Entrepreneurial You.

Website | Ted Talk | Book | Youtube

Jenna Kutcher

Jenna is an entrepreneur with a truly beautiful soul. She runs an awesome, top-rated podcast and has amazing resources for business owners!

Website | Podcast | Instagram

Ritu Bhasin

Ritu Bhasin is a speaker, consultant and author of The Authenticity Principle. Her passion is to help others become more empowered and inclusive.

Website | Book | Videos

Michelle Sun

Michelle Sun is an entrepreneur, speaker and one of Forbes 30 under 30! She is also the CEO of First Code Academy and an instructor at MIT. So cool!

Website | Blog | Instagram

Ash Ambirge

Ash Ambirge is an author, writer and the awesome CEO and founder of The Middle Finger Project. She and her blog are AMAZING, just FYI. 

Website | Blog | Instagram

Sorelle Amore

Sorelle runs a popular Youtube channel where she shares beautifully-edited and shot videos about her life as a digital nomad – both the good and the bad!

Website | Youtube | Instagram

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