Working on the go is becoming the norm. Whether you're working on a plane, in a coffee shop, or at a coworking space, use these tips to make sure you're prepared.
While mobility used to apply mostly to business trips, many companies offer employees more flexibility to work wherever is best for them. That may be at home, a coffee shop, or a coworking space.
Pack list for an efficient mobile workspace
While every worker and mobile workspace differ, this list is a good starting place when you pack up to work on the go.
- Protective laptop bag with storage
- Laptop charger
- Refillable water bottle
- Wireless mouse
- External storage device (USB)
- Headphones (so you can't be bothered!)
Mobile working tips, hacks, and tools
Put your headphones on -- Most people take this as the universal sign that you're busy and don't want to be bothered.
If you have to make a call, do it somewhere else -- Whether you're in a coworking space or a coffee shop, the people around you likely don't want to hear your call. Take the call outside or in a private space if possible.
Mask unwanted noise with myNoise -- myNoise is an app that allows users to create a customized noise machine to mask unwanted noise. This is especially helpful if you don't have noise-canceling headphones.
Block internet distractions -- Block mail servers, social media platforms, and other distracting websites for a specific time period with apps and extensions such as SelfControl, Focus, and StayFocused.
Protect your data -- Turn your sharing settings off, enable your firewall and only use WiFi when you need it. You may want to switch to a Virtual Private Network (VPN) while you work in less secure places.