Sometimes I like to head out and work from a coffee shop or even just the back yard. The change of scenery is nice and helps me take a fresh look at my work. Other times, like today, life sends me out of the house during the time when I need to work.
Today was going to be a nice, simple day. I was going to head to the story to pick up some cold medicine for Taylor and then I’d come home, finish up some custom Squidoo lenses for a client, and work on my sites. Of course, things can never go as planned, can they?
Our dryer stopped working and I need clean clothes so instead I had to quickly wash my clothes at home, toss them in baskets, and spend a few hours drying them at the laundry mat. I was hoping there would at least be wifi there, but no luck. I still got plenty of work done, just not the work I had planned on doing in the afternoon!
Today is one of those days I’m thankful I invested in a laptop a few months back. Otherwise I would be really far behind for today.
I’m actually writing this in the car on the way home from the laundry mat and I though it made sense for me to share some tips for working outside of the home where there is no wifi.
Since most us of identify as online writers or internet marketers, working without an internet connection just feels weird. I now I end up opening up my browser and going to search something on Bing (yes, I use Bing instead of Google) or check my email and remember I can’t.
So, on to the tips!
- If at all possible, prepare ahead of time. I know sometimes you won’t know you’re going to be heading out and need to pack your computer, but if you can you should go through and prepare before you need to leave.
- Keep your computer and any other devices you’re bringing charged. I have a Kindle Fire that I love so I try to keep that and my laptop charged. If you happen to have a lot of extended work sessions away from home, it might be worth investing in a second battery. I know a lot of places don’t like letting you plug in your computer while you’re there.
- Download research resources ahead of time. I use a lot of PLR in my research. I buy the articles and piece together information while weaving in my own personality. Ruth Pound at The Internet Dream wrote about some cool plugins for your browser a while back that allow you to save webpages as PDFs or send them directly to your Kindle. I use both a lot. Check out that post here.
- If you’re going somewhere noisy, I highly suggest bringing some headphones. I prefer ones that cover the ears to block out distractions. Sometimes I listen to music, other times I just leave them on with no music to block out sound. These ones are really nice and inexpensive.
- Bring a notepad and pen. If your laptop dies you’ll need it plus you can jot down notes. I like to have one with me no matter where I’m working. (Or else something like this happens.)
- Try not to plan things that are going to be too frustrating. I would never do graphics while I’m out because I’m not very good and if I’m going to stress out over something, I’d rather do it in the comfort of my own home. I generally stick to writing, planning, outlining, and things like that.
- Make sure you have antivirus software if you’re using public wifi. It’s not very common, but it’s not unheard of to run into problems using public wifi.
- SAVE OFTEN! If your battery dies and you lose your work, you’re going to be mad.
Do you work outside of the house often? What do you do to get ready? Leave a comment below.