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How to take advantage of warm weather as a remote worker

Flexible arrangements allow greater control over where and when work gets completed, providing plenty of chances to get outside and enjoy warm weather. Are you taking full advantage of the opportunities?

Before summer days drift away, consider these ideas to take advantage of warm weather and enjoy a little extra sunshine:

Prepare

The popular image of grab your laptop and head outdoors doesn’t always jive with reality. The Wi-Fi at that cute café turns out spotty, that “perfect” park corner becomes Little League training camp at noon, and the pool chair on your deck leaves waffle thighs and an achy back within a half hour.

Telecommuters wishing to work outside on a regular basis benefit from proactive measures. Scout out potential locations to figure out which offer the best environment during the times you’ll be working. Invest in a hotspot if necessary. Purchase a quality outdoor chair (often found on clearance at this time of year). Get a battery with a really long life so a dead laptop doesn’t send you home early. Check out anti-glare protector screens to make monitor reading easier. Own protective, efficient eyewear (reading sunglasses are a blessing as one ages).

Evaluate tasks

Working from your patio seems like a good idea—until your neighbor pokes his head out to see why you’re chasing flying papers through his yard. Stick with activities best suited to the great outdoors, such as reading stapled reports, creating to-do lists, brainstorming ideas, returning phone calls, and editing cloud-based files.

Try a coworking space

Lack of commute draws people to remote work. However, pleasant weather may make the idea of heading somewhere appealing. Look into area coworking spaces for times when getting out of the house and being around others sounds interesting.

Network in the sun

Longing to have drinks and appetizers at an outdoor eatery? Invite a few former coworkers to join you on a sunny afternoon. Staying in touch keeps connections strong. Other seasonal networking occasions include alumni picnics, neighborhood block parties, and even family reunions. (Who knew the startup Uncle Ralph works at needs someone for a freelance marketing gig?)

Take breaks outside

Instead of throwing in laundry during your break or eating lunch in front of CNN, use your scheduled free time to get air. Walking to the market to pick up milk or watching squirrels chase each other while you enjoy a sandwich in the backyard can boost spirits before returning to work.

Rearrange your schedule

Take advantage of remote arrangements that don’t require specific hours. Getting up an hour early each day to complete tasks may well be worth the effort if it allows you to take Friday off to explore the zoo with your kids.

Get done!

Finally, consider using the beautiful weather as a motivator. Knowing there’s a lounge chair and a sizzling novel waiting for you upon submission of that project can inspire focus and perseverance!

This article first appeared on FlexJobs.

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