I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home. Despite battling distraction, it is a luxury that I definitely appreciate. It would be safe to assume that those with jobs outside the home still have a home office, computer room, command center, or some other space that is used to attend to professional and personal management tasks.
An on-the-go office is the answer to everything from trying to work while laundry is calling, or tasks are put on hold to sit in the car at soccer practice. A little preparation and planning can be the key to getting it all done and having your sanity in place.
First, identify the equipment you will need, and then whittle down the list to the most essential. Example: I would love to bring my laptop, stand, Bluetooth keyboard, and Bluetooth mouse to an off-site work session, but all I need to work is the laptop. Sure the trackpad stinks, but not as badly as hauling all of that stuff around. The idea here is to travel light.
I also bring a notebook (I prefer a spiral with cardboard cover) and a pen, both small. This gives you a chance to jot down things that need to be completed at home base as well as the very important doodling. Last but not least, charging cables for any equipment you will use – including your phone. Place these in a sturdy bag – I have a powder pink leather briefcase that is fun to sport.
We aren’t finished just yet.
In addition to the items listed above, these next few items really make it a killer setup. Consider putting these things into your own bag to reach the next level of mobile office work.
A little cash - many people use a coffee shop or cafe as a backup office. Most proprietors welcome laptop warriors, as long as they buy some things in their shop. Yes, the cafe likely accepts debit cards, but cash makes it easier to tip the staff. As a camper, you want to stay on everyone’s good side.
A pair of headphones - this super useful item is the universal signal for, “Leave me alone, I’m busy.” You needn’t even listen to music if you don’t want to (unless the cafe’s radio station is especially awful).
I recommend packing this stuff in a bag right away and just letting it sit. When it’s time to go, prep time will be minimal and you’ll be on the road to productivity (and maybe a latte) in no time.
Jennifer Snyder, Certified Professional Organizer
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