A Real-Deal Outdoor Office: 5 Tips to Help You Create One
As soon as the temperatures warm up (and the wind dies down) in my neck of the woods, you'll find me outside.
Whether it's gardening, playing with the kids, taking care of the chickens, or working as a virtual assistant - if the weather is forgiving, I'm outside.
Most of my corporate career (15+ years of it), when the weather warmed up outside, I longed to be in the sunshine instead of in my office. I had no issue volunteering to run errands if it meant I got to spend a little time in the fresh air.
I often made up excuses to run to the grocery store and buy treats for everyone in the office, just for a chance to soak up some of Mother Nature's vitamin D. (And maybe expense a donut or twelve...)
I am an outdoor girl (to an extent). I love the skies, the air, the trees, the plants, the dirt, the sunshine... but I hate the bugs.
Even still, I don't let the critters deter me from being out where I love most, even and especially when I'm working.
The benefits for working remotely are innumerable, but having an outdoor office ranks in the top 10 for me.
There are a few things you'll need to consider if you're going to spend time doing office work outside:
We're fortunate enough to have been gifted an outdoor table and chairs set complete with umbrella. I have made the mistake of not using the umbrella, and my face was burned, then peeled, and that was not fun. Make sure you're protected from the elements while enjoying them.
We have one outdoor outlet on the north side of the house, and my outdoor workspace is in the middle of the east side of the house. There is no computer cord long enough to reach that far, so we have had to make a few adjustments. It's important to have a power source nearby, though, whether it's to charge the computer, the phone, or both!
I drink this awesome little ditty called "Good Girl Moonshine" - ice water, apple cider vinegar, ginger, and a little stevia. It's my go-to hydration beverage, especially in the summer months. No matter your hydration of choice, though, make sure you have it handy while you're outside. Sunlight and fresh air can wick the moisture out of you pretty quickly.
I say this mostly in jest, but it sure is fun to put those pictures of yourself working outside up on your instagram account. Nothing like a little natural lighting for those ideal selfies, right? And hey, have you followed me on Instagram yet? @bighouseonalittleprairie
5. Crock Pot
Stick with me! When the days get longer, I spend more and more time outside. Before I know it, dinner time has almost passed, and I don't even know what to make my family to get them fed. If you're going to be outside and loving it as much as I do, stick dinner in the crock pot first thing in the morning, and let it cook itself while you're busting your tail on your business. It doesn't heat up the whole house, and it doesn't take a ton of prep time. When you're ready to eat, dinner's done!
If your work this summer finds you longing for more sunshine, I hope these tips help you create an outdoor space where you can get creative, be productive, and #workfromanywhere.