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Your guide to working outside

Working from home making you a little stir crazy? With summer just around the corner, now’s the time to turn your outside space into an al fresco office. The sunlight will help you reach peak productivity, and give you a welcome boost of vitamin D. So if you’re lucky enough to have a balcony or garden, here’s how to make it work double time.

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1. Check your connection

Working outside can be dreamy, but only if you’ve got the basics down. First, check that there’s a strong signal in your chosen spot. Next, make sure your laptop’s shielded from the sun (there’s nothing worse than dreaded screen glare) by sitting yourself under a leafy plant or using a screen protector. Now you can crack on with that assignment you’ve been putting off. Sorry.

 

2. Get ready to hot desk

Having dealt with the basics, it’s time to move on to your seating arrangements. Choose a compact desk that’s easy to move in and out, with plenty of space for your bits and bobs. Or go for a space-saving laptop table that works no matter the size of your garden. If it feels a bit impractical moving furniture around each day, your existing garden tables and chairs will do the job, as long as the height's right.

 

3. Settle in

Comfort is key. It’ll make your working spot a place you’re happy to spend time in. A garden chair with upholstered cushions is a great choice, or simply bring your favourite cushions outside. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, this is the perfect moment to finally treat yourself to that garden rocker you’ve had your eye on. (For use during coffee breaks only, obviously.)

 

4. Minimise distractions

Keeping things neat and tidy will help you stay in the zone. So put your notebooks in an organiser that’s small enough to keep on your desk, and use a paperweight to stop loose documents from blowing away. Then, pop some greenery in an open plant stand so there’s something nice to look at while ticking off your to-do list. The final step? If you’ve got kids or pets running around, it’d be wise to invest in some headphones.

 

5. Take a break

It’s important to take a dedicated break every once in a while, because it’ll help you feel ready to take on the rest of the day. Try something you don’t normally have the time for when you’re in the office, like adding some fun to your nine to five with an outdoor game. More into midday napping? Get lazy with Hulia. Or if you’re in need of some inspo, bring a splash of colour to the scene with some stylish planters (they’ll look good on that Zoom call, too).

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