Working Efficiently as a Digital Nomad

Posted November 6, 2022 by Ari Seyhun ‐ 2 min read

Having lived in Indonesia for 6 months, and Malaysia for 3 months, I would love to share my insight into how to stay efficient with your work life.

What are your requirements?

Depending on your work, you'll have specific requirements.

Most commonly, you'll have these few basic needs:

  1. A decent wifi connection
  2. Power point to charge
  3. A peaceful work environment (with access to coffee)

While your Airbnb or hotel may fulfill all these needs, it can be quite difficult to get into a flow state. And who wants to stay at home while you're traveling?


In Indonesia, I found a quiet cafe called Say Something Coffee. They provided free internet access, great coffee, and delicious food.

I worked from the cafe nearly every day during my stay, and managed to create Thalo, a Rust crate for event sourcing.

Say Something Coffee cafe @ Alam Sutera

Co-working office space

In Malaysia, I initially tried working from my Airbnb, but due to the lack of a nice desk, I browsed for a co-working space, and there just so happened to be one in the residence where I was staying called MyOffice.

After reaching out I was given a tour, and it was amazing. I was provided with my own desk, which included 2 power points and a personal drawer, all for 480 MYR/month.

While working at MyOffice, I created Submillisecond web framework along with Submillisecond Live View.

MyOffice @ Skypod Residence, Puchong


If you're traveling and finding it hard to stay motivated with your work, try browsing for nearby co-working spaces. If you're on a tight budget, try finding a nearby cafe. You'll have the opportunity to meet new people and avoid staying in your apartment every day.