Note: This is part 3 in a series. Somehow it didn’t get posted when it was scheduled. I apologize for that.
In The Ultimate Guide To Setting Up Your Mobile Office (part 1): Hardware and (part 2): Software I talked about some of the gadgets and devices I carry with me when traveling as well as what applications I rely on. I have other tips and hints that really didn’t fit into either of these categories so the third part in this series contains those tips.
Finding a mobile office to work when you travel is difficult. Here’s some suggestions of places I’ve found that offer a useable workplace environment.
- Starbucks! They have free wi-fi, comfortable chairs and electrical outlets as well as coffee and snacks.
- Mom and Pop coffee shops. Many of these also offer free wi-fi and you are supporting a local business.
- McDonalds – not for the food but for the free wi-fi; well, maybe buy a coke and fries.
- Libraries. They are also good places to set up shop as many have free wi-fi. Some have cubicles or rooms you can use or rent so you have some privacy in your mobile office.
- Airports. Find out-of-the-way places. Look for desks (SFO has some good ones) or benches and charging stations. Some have free wi-fi but most are paid services.
- City Parks. Some larger cities are offering wi-fi in parks and you’ll have a nice view (this only works in good weather).
- I only purchase gadgets that can be charged via USB. This eliminates the need for multiple charging bricks.
- Charge ALL your devices every night even if its not low. Don’t run out of juice.
- Use the cloud for documents; Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, etc.
- Use your phone’s camera to take photos of things you need to remember such as brainstorming sessions, handwritten notes or just about anything. Combined with Evernote’s handwriting recognition it works wonders.
- I use Siri a lot for reminders (including location-based reminders), wake up alarm, getting directions, finding nearby stores or services, and much more.
- Don’t forget to take breaks. Siri can remind you of this as well.
- Watch your ergonomics! While not ideal there are many small things you can do to improve your temporary work station.
- Be flexible! When traveling situations occur that are outside of your control. Learn to adapt and change to the circumstances.
- Have a place for everything and everything in its place. When traveling its important to have a routine so as not to leave something behind.
- Find a hotel chain you like and use it. You can build up rewards as well as having a little leverage if something does go wrong. I like SpringHill Suites (mid-price with good desks).
Travel can be very stressful but hopefully using the tips in these three articles, it will be less stressful.