Now that more of us are working from home, working as freelancers, or running our own home businesses, we’re often keen to get outside and work in the fresh air when we can. We dream of long summer days in the garden while enjoying the sun and vitamin D. But in reality it is often not as great as we imagine. It’s too hot to work comfortably, the glaring sun means we can’t see our screens, and eventually laptops will overheat and start crashing.
But working outdoors has many benefits. More fresh air and vitamin D are of course good for you. Or you may find that you are more creative and productive when you work outdoors. It can be a great boost for your physical and mental health, but also for your productivity and enjoyment of your work. If you love working outdoors while you can, you’ll find everything you need here.
Which workplace you need depends on the type of work you do. Most of us are happy with a table and a lawn chair, as long as they’re a good height, supportive, comfortable, and give us plenty of space. However, you may need more space for more creative work with more materials.
A sun lounger
Working outdoors isn’t all work. A sun lounger is a place to relax and unwind, but also a place to sit and think when you have a problem to solve. Take a look at some VidaXL sun loungers for ideas.
One of the hardest parts of working outdoors is timing. It’s usually too cold to sit outside, too hot to be comfortable, or too sunny to see your screen. A shaded area helps you stay cool and avoid glare on the screen. A simple parasol over your table can be ideal.
On the other hand, it can happen that you freeze as soon as the sun moves behind a cloud. A blanket you can take outside means you don’t have to go inside every five minutes.
A covered area
Summer showers are unfortunately common. If you have a covered area, maybe above your patio, you can stay outside for a while. At least until you know how heavy the shower will be.
An extension cord
Of course, you must be careful when working with electrical equipment outdoors, especially if you are worried about rain. On sunny days you might decide to take your laptop or other devices outside. This may mean you need an extension cord or power bank if you want to exercise for longer than an hour or two.
A WiFi booster
If your table is fairly close to your house, you might not have to worry about your internet connection. However, if you’re working at the back of your yard, a booster means you don’t have to worry about signal loss or buffering.
Working outside can be great as long as you have everything you need so you don’t have to rush inside at the first sign of a change in the weather.