While large portions of workers have slowly trickled back into the office, the concept of working from home is far from dead — in fact, studies show that many Americans will be folding some degree of remote work into their routines on a more-or-less permanent basis.
It stands to reason, then, that those of us living that #WFHlife might want to take our remote setup to where the grass is green and the sun is shining, in an attempt to take advantage of the waning days of summer and those cool fall afternoons that’ll be here before you know it.
Here are our six tips on creating the ultimate outdoor workspace this season. Enjoy the fresh air, and don’t forget your sunscreen.
The key to productivity with your outdoor work setup is to create consistency so that you can find a good rhythm. Getting your ducks in a row from the beginning = fewer random adjustments on the fly = maintained focus = greater productivity. That’s just science. Some tips …
First and foremost, it keeps you (and your electronic devices) cool and comfortable. Additionally, it helps the screens on those devices to be, you know, visible. Try to pick a spot that has consistent shade throughout the day so that you’re not constantly moving to avoid the sun. If such a space is not available, a camping chair with a canopy can work in a pinch.
With the understanding that this may be unavoidable, it’s helpful if you can find a location separated from where other members of your family are engaged in their own various and sundry summertime activities. Staying focused is hard enough without the temptation of a rowdy Slip-n-Slide session going on 10 feet away. At the very least, invest in a quality pair of noise-canceling headphones, which not only block out unwanted clamor but are also great for calls, Zooms, etc.
You don’t want to be constantly stressing about the battery charge on your various devices, so proximity to an outlet is ideal; however, if this ain’t in the cards, you’ve got some options. Outdoor string lights that end in an outlet are a great excuse to zhuzh up your space while also providing yourself some juice. If you’re looking for more outlets, this handy portable charging tower should have you more than covered.
This obviously goes hand-in-hand with picking a good spot, but in the interest of not letting crappy wifi get in the way of a prime outdoor working location, consider picking up a low-cost wifi extender to boost your router’s signal.
Even in the shade, summer heat can be a distraction. If your patio is equipped to handle it, investing in a good outdoor ceiling fan is something that will pay major dividends not only during work hours, but also during happy hours when you log off for the day. Alternatively, a compact portable floor fan can also get the job done and be easily relocated as needed. Major bonus either way: fans help to keep the bugs away.
This is the perfect opportunity to pull the trigger on that set of patio furniture you’ve been considering — just look for chairs that have a good back and solid ergonomics.
For a quality pick-me-up when your energy starts to flag, skip a trip to the coffee shop and instead reach in your fridge for a can of Monster Energy Java Monster. Available in 12 different flavors — from Mean Bean to French Vanilla to Loca Moca to Salted Caramel — Java Monster is “coffee with attitude”: premium coffee and cream (or oat milk, they’ve got the dairy-averse covered as well) brewed for superior flavor and then supercharged with the Monster Energy blend.
And Java Monster isn’t just tasty and full of energy, it also boasts riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B-6 as well as taurine, a naturally occurring amino acid with cardio-protective properties. It bears as well that an icy can of Java Monster will not only help you power through your day, but is also a mighty sight more refreshing on a hot day than a cuppa joe.
Which reminds us: this is also a wonderful excuse to pick up a quality cooler if you don’t have one already. Might we suggest one that packs serious cooling power and is also made from sustainable materials that are better for the environment?
The above points should have you sitting pretty, but don’t forget that the devil is in the details — some extra outdoor accoutrement can go a long way in elevating your overall experience.