provided by James Forrester
The secret behind creating your own outdoor workspace is ensuring you can stay comfortable, set a good place for your laptop for remote work, and be productive. There are many people who have worked outdoors all over the world. Based on their experience, we have gathered their tips on how to ensure you have a productive outdoor workspace.
Figure Out a Power Plan
Battery life is something you don’t think about when you are working in an office. Why would you? In an office, you have an endless supply of power outlets everywhere. However, working outside might not be the same since power outlets may be hard to reach.
This is why it is important to come up with a plan for power before you think of creating an outdoor workspace.
One idea you should consider is getting an extension to your outdoor workspace. This may only work if you are close to an outlet. If you are not, you may need to get an electrician to install an outdoor electrical outlet. Alternatively, you can use solar energy to power your devices outdoors.
Create a Shade
Sunshine and fresh air are one of the biggest appeals of working outdoors. The problem is that heat will negatively affect your laptop and other devices. For instance, direct sunlight may make your devices overheat and malfunction.
You can either buy or build a makeshift shade. A good idea may be mounting a large umbrella above your workspace. Alternatively, you can stretch out a bedsheet over your work area. A blanket may also work. Just make sure you position it to shade your devices at any time of the day.
Invest in a Good Desk and Chair
It is common for people to want to use an outdoor sofa or lounge chair as their outdoor workspace seat. This may work, but it may affect your productivity. To be fully productive, you need to be comfortable enough to work, but not too comfortable to feel lazy.
Granted, you can use any outdoor patio dining set. The problem with these is that they’re ergonomic. This means you may suffer back pain eventually, especially if you work for long hours. This is why you need a proper ergonomic desk and chair.
Find a desk that can be used outdoors. Look for desks that are designed to withstand the elements. The chair that accompanies the desk should have the same features. For example, cloth chairs should be avoided as they will fade due to the heat and will be full of water when it rains or snows.
Remember, when you are working, your posture will affect your productivity. As long as you know the height you are comfortable working from, getting the right ergonomic desk and chair should not be a problem.
Finally, having an ergonomic chair is a step in the right direction. However, your arms and wrists need a position that will prevent them from experiencing strain.
Invest in Wireless Devices
Finally, the setup of your tech-friendly outdoor workspace will not be convenient if you have to keep on constantly un-entangling wires and cables.
This is why you need to invest in wireless devices. Try using an ergonomic wireless keyboard and mouse. They will help you maintain the right posture when you are working outdoors. A wireless ergonomic keyboard can be used in any location and position.
Creating an outdoor workspace is not hard. All you need are ideas on how to make it as productive as your office workspace. There’s no reason you can’t have the best outdoor workspace to suit your needs.