Flexible working from home arrangements means you can work from anywhere in the home. Of course, when this lockdown ends you could go and work in the coffee shop or beach etc. But for now, I’m just focusing on working from home in the garden. After all its a change from the home office or the living room.
After a gloomy wet and windy winter, the sun and warmer weather makes you feel happy and in a good mood. Down here in Cornwall we have to take every opportunity to get into the garden to enjoy the good weather as it can change suddenly! Working from home in the garden lets you do this. The fresh air can be good for clearing the mind and getting your creative juices going. The sound of nature can be a good background sound.
Having a garden office setup arranged can be most helpful. It saves you the commute and you can “shut off” your work brain outside the garden office. Plus you can get away from distractions such as the squabbling kids! However, if you don’t have the space for a home office garden there are other ways you can work outside.
Making the most of working in the garden with no garden office:
- You have to bear in mind, if you don’t have a garden office space, you will have to pack everything up at the end of the day. So you will need to be able to move your garden furniture and equipment. This can be stored in the garage or outhouse.
- To get comfy and settled outside to work in the summer, invest in some luxury rattan furniture. It will do you well. Sitting comfortably is important for posture if you are looking at a laptop for quite a few hours a day. Plus the garden furniture can be used to chill out on and relax at the weekend.
- Invest in a decent large parasol. This is something we are looking into at the moment. Ours is not quite big enough to give shade when working at the table. Bright sunlight on the laptop screen makes it tricky to work. We all need to ensure we are working productively from home!
- If you can it would be nice to have a separate area of the garden for working, away from the children’s area. You could invest in garden screening panels or some kind of trellis.
- Lastly, make sure you use sunscreen to avoid sunburn and keep hydrated!
I’d love to hear your ideas on working from home in the garden, especially if you don’t have a garden office.
Thanks for stopping by today as always.