One of the things I imagined I’d be doing when I started working for myself was lounging on a picnic blanket, working in between sips of lemonade, and taking in the great outdoors. Then I tried it. I spent a good half hour squinting at a dark computer screen before I threw in the towel (get it?) and went back into my office/cave.
Since then, I’ve been on a mission to make working outdoors an attainable dream. I’ve learned a few tricks, and I’ve found some products that help. For this, I’m going to assume that, like me, you’re working near your modem (so that you have an internet connection) and have an electrical outlet nearby, like on a patio or your backyard, not away at a park. Otherwise, you’ll need to figure out a battery pack or other electrical situation, as my first tip will destroy your battery life and you’ll need a mobile hotspot.
- Find a shady spot like under an umbrella to set up your workspace. Make sure it’s a place where you’ll be comfortable.
- Next, you’ll want to crank up the brightness on your laptop screen to maximum.
- Turn up the contrast so that the brightest and darkest spots are more defined.
Just making the adjustments above will be a big improvement, but if you’re still having trouble seeing your computer screen outdoors, you might want to give the NuShield screen protectors a try. They basically make your computer screen go from glossy to matte and reduce glare from the sun.
If you’re still having issues, consider a sun shade. Yes, these are very dorky looking. But not looking dorky is very low on my list of priorities, especially in my own backyard, so I’m considering one of these. One of the most affordable options I’ve seen is this sun shade for under $25!
Another option is this flexible sun shade. It doubles as a laptop case, making it extra handy. What I really wish is that they just made laptops that worked well outdoors but until that day, this is my attempt at living the freelancer/solopreneur dream.
Have you tried working outdoors? How’d it go? Help me out and share your best outdoor working tips!
This is a guest post from Alison Willoughby. Ali is a virtual assistant, freelance writer, and self-care enthusiast. Visit her at Ali The Happy VA.
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