Telecommuting opens up so many doors for employees who just can’t make commercial office life work for them. Not only does it offer a greater level of responsibility on behalf of employees, but it is a flexible and efficient solution for employers who are willing to trust their workers and put in the effort required to ensure smooth sailing.
One of the biggest benefits of working from home is that you have the choice to either settle down in a comfortable, familiar home office environment or work on the go. In some cases, telecommuting jobs require employees to travel which is great for those who can quickly adjust to different settings and have little to no ties at home.
If you prefer to work on the go, you will understand the frustration of leaving behind something that is essential for your trip. In fact, atop any home office desk, there are always a few key essentials that need to be popped in your bag before you head off to the local coffee shop for a cuppa or jet off abroad.
However, there is a way to take your office with you, without giving you a back ache along the way.
Creating (and sticking to!) a makeshift portable office checklist is a great way to keep on top of everything, not to mention avoid the annoyance of leaving behind a vital asset. Also, portable offices are ideal for all those who work on the go on a regular basis, making them just the thing to try if you’re fed up of carrying round your entire desk.
In this blog post, we will be taking a look at how to create a portable home office checklist and what kind of things you should include to make your telecommuting experience more efficient.
Where to start
Like any checklist, it can be difficult to know where to start, especially if your home office could do with a bit of a tidy up. Ideally, you want to divide and categorise what you do and don’t need, then you need to organise these items according to type – if this kind of structuring doesn’t work for you, consider listing them alphabetically.
Before you can do this though, it is worth giving your home office a tidy. This way, you know where everything is and you can remind yourself of what is hidden away behind the home office desk or tucked away in a box. Once you have organised your workspace, grab a notepad and a pen and start jotting down items you think would come in handy.
If you’re struggling, try to think about what you’ve taken and what you wished you had taken in the past, to get a rough idea. It’s also worth considering what type of work you will be carrying out on your journey as this will help you to determine exactly what you need and why.
What should I take?
What you should take will differ based on the nature of the trip, but there are a few basic essentials you need to keep in mind, which will help to keep you organised until your return. Below, we have compiled a couple of items you should pop on your portable office checklist:
This is just a brief guide of how to make a checklist for your own portable office and what to include.