Many professionals have opted to move to their second home or work from a holiday destination: along with the luggage, they have taken everything they need to move their office to the beach house or village. SPC, the Spanish technology company specialising in consumer electronics, offers four tips for being productive away from the office.
With the declaration of the State of Alarm, we were forced to telecommute from home. However, since the mobility restrictions were lifted on May 9, many professionals have opted to move to their second home or work from a holiday destination: along with the luggage, they have taken everything they need to move their office to the beach house or town. A new opportunity to prove that it is possible to be productive no matter where you are working from.
Although concentration can be greater if you are relaxed, there are also several elements that can disrupt the work activity in these environments: not having a specific space to work, being with the family or even the sound of nature, can throw us off. Faced with these constraints, technology is presented as a great help to improve productivity.
SPC, the technology company specializing in the development of smart consumer electronics products, offers four tips for being productive away from the office.
Make sure you have a decent connection
With the pandemic, interest in rural areas has skyrocketed. Typing to the sound of birds or answering emails surrounded by nature is tempting, but telecommuting requires technology. Before you pack your bags and head off to an inhospitable rural destination, make sure you've got a good internet connection.
In case there is coverage, but no WiFi or fiber, having a tablet in your hand with 4G LTE connectivity can save the day: you'll have a reliable, high-speed internet connection to use all kinds of online platforms and services no matter where you are. This way, you have the possibility to keep up with your pending from anywhere, download and send files or have access to the documents you have stored in the cloud. In short, turn this gadget into a mobile extension of your office.
Set up a workspace and keep it tidy
Just as you did at home, it's a good idea to set up an office or specific space to work in. The ideal would be to use a room that is free, although it is not always possible, especially if we happen to be in a small apartment. In these cases, it is possible to choose to install in the garden or terrace.
To keep all your electronic devices organized, ready and always at hand, it is possible to buy smart power strips. It is advisable to opt for those that have AC and USB ports, which can be programmed individually to always have connected all your devices (portable speakers, the charging case of the headphones, tablet, laptop or mobile).
Concentrate with the help of headphones
Unless you're alone in your second home, you may have to share space with your partner or children. Or maybe you've had to travel to a coffee shop, or you need to make a call to a colleague at work and it's too noisy outside.
There are headphones with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology that eliminate ambient noise present in open environments, external offices or public transport. References such as ETHER PRO offer complete freedom of movement as they are wireless and include a microphone for convenient video conferencing. And in case you're giving instructions to your voice assistant or receiving a call, its ANC technology is combined with Environmental Noise Cancellation (ENC), which will be automatically activated for total clarity during the conversation. With optimal sound quality, you can connect them to your computer, smartphone and tablet at the same time.
Take advantage of natural surroundings to intensify your physical activity.
Working out in the sun and nature is a constant source of well-being: the beneficial hormones that physical activity unleashes, such as oxytocin and dopamine, are in addition to those we get from being exposed to sunlight. If you are surrounded by nature, the environment is conducive to intensifying physical activity. Doing sport outdoors after work will help you to combat the physical and mental fatigue that often takes hold of us during working hours. Sport also increases our work output: it allows us to make better use of our abilities, concentrate and achieve our goals. In addition, exercises such as meditation or relaxation will also help you to be more effective by reducing your stress and anxiety levels.
A good motivating ally to keep you on track when exercising is a smart watch. The pedometer function can be used to count steps, set a sedentary alert or even set goals to encourage an active life and achieve healthier habits, which will result in our well-being at work.