Guest post from Darin, a Senior Millennial, well versed in the field of finding good places to work outside of his house in Southwest Minneapolis. Enter Darin:
A couple years ago I was faced with this challenge: how can I effectively work on the go outside of an office setting?
For me, this challenge presented itself when I moved to a full time work-from-home position and I discovered the need to get out the house for sanity sake. However, as the work force adapts and changes to smaller, more nimble office environments, a growing number professionals are also faced with this challenge.
I ended up investing in a few gadgets to better enable myself to work from any environment; my backpack became my mobile office. And by the way, I am in no way afflicted with any of these products:
The “Big Three” for working remote:
- Noise canceling headphones: Jabra Evolve 75 MS/UC Stereo – ~$290
- Wireless, Bluetooth adaptor with dual connectivity
- Mute/unmute when the mic is moved up and down – no more “sorry, I was on mute” excuses
- 14 hour battery life, charge by USB
- Laptop stand: Roost Laptop Stand ~$75
- Collapsible, lightweight, easy to carry
- Adjustable height; use as a bar top standing or for sitting – this one is key for me as stand as much as 80% of the day (a topic for a different day)
- Wireless keyboard and mouse: Dell KM714 – ~$80
- Full keyboard and number pad, yet fits fine into a backpack
- Reliable wireless connectivity – other brands tend to cut in and out which is obviously frustrating
Outfitting myself with this gear enabled me to work from almost anywhere; airports, music-bumping coffee shops, the gym lobby, or the pavilion next to a windy lake.
What gear have you found improve remote work productively?