There’s no denying that being able to work anywhere with wifi is one of the best parts of our kind of businesses. In this post, I’m sharing the toolkit that makes it possible for me to get down to business from anywhere.
Even though I have a home office space I love, I usually break up my day by working away from home… in fact, I’m writing this post from my favourite table at my local cafe right now!
Switching up my environment helps me stay productive, get my creative problem-solving on and feel fresher. It also helps me enjoy working from home a whole lot more… because working from home doesn’t mean you always have to, you know, actually be at home.
As well as enjoying the freedom of being able to work from almost anywhere on regular days, I also love taking a kit that means I can be business-as-usual when I’m travelling. (Travelling for work, that is. These days I’m a big fan of taking a business – or even complete digital – detox when I’m on vacation).
Over the years my work kit has morphed and been refined – and I thought it’d be fun to spill the beans on exactly what I keep in my work-from-anywhere-tool-kit for you. I figured you’d appreciate seeing the whole shebang, but of course, I don’t always travel with everything pictured here.
As you’d expect, things change depending on where I’m heading/ how long I’ll be away from home/ what I’m working on etc. For example, I might just grab my laptop and journal, and make sure I have a couple pens and my small headphones in my handbag before running out the door to my local cafe. If I’m co-working with friends, I might bring along my Bose SoundLink and some of those oversize Post It Notes along for the day. My iPad Mini and sound cancelling headphones are non-negotiables if I’m going to be on a plane. I’ll include my Canon camera, at least 3 memory cards and my LaCie external drive if I’m creating video content for one of my programs. You get the idea.
For the record, I wanted these photos to be an accurate representation of my work kit… BUT there are a couple of things you can’t see. In the name of completeness, there are always a couple of tampons in my pencil case… a few random receipts… and at least one or two tissues that have seen better days in the bottom of my bag.
Read on to discover what’s in my work from anywhere toolkit:
Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones: These are the best headphones I’ve ever owned. I’ve had them for years, and battered and bruised as they now appear, the sound quality, noise cancelling function and general comfort is still epic. These are my ride or die headphones.
Bose Noise Cancelling Earphones: Ok, there’s no point hiding it; I’m a Bose brand snob. But seriously, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go back to regular earphones after getting used to the immense sound quality that comes out of these bad boys. These earphones really ARE noise cancelling, and are way more comfortable than any other earphones I’ve tried. Perfect for Skype and Zoom sessions.
MZ Wallace Tote: Given the amount of stuff I might be carrying around, I’m always looking to cut down on unnecessary weight. This tote really is super lightweight, a great size, and came with 3 matching zip bags, that makes keeping everything organised way easier. I also really like the colour – it seems to go with most of my wardrobe, and that there are multiple handle options.
iPad mini: I’m a big lover of real life, old school books… but I’m not a fan of their weight/bulk in my bag. So, when I’m out and about, I use my iPad mini for all my book reading needs.
Loving Earth Chocolate: Imagine a world where you were caught out without chocolate? Horrible. Thank goodness Loving Earth now makes these single serve sized chocolates. The Mint Choc is my absolute fave.
Way too much lip gloss: The struggle is real. How is it that I can have so much lip gloss in my bag, yet still struggle to find my favourite anytime I’m looking for it? (NB. My favourite changes all the time…)
Palomino Blackwing 602 Pencils: If you saw my recent post about my favourite stationery obsessions, you’ll already know how much I love these pencils.
Copic Multiliner Pen: Just a solid, all-rounder multi-use felt pen. A couple of these normally have permanent resident status in my travel kit.
The 5 Minute Journal: I use this small hardcover journal (along with The Productivity Planner) first up most mornings to set my head and get clear on my priorities for the day.
Moleskine Dot Grid Journal: My favourite for my daily free-form journaling practice.
iPhone + Charger: I’m still happily using my trusty iPhone 6, but have my eye on an iPhone 7 Plus (mainly because their marketing works on me!). I love to use my phone to listen to podcasts when I’m travelling, or even just walking to my local cafe.
MacBook Pro: My MacBook Pro isn’t the newest version, but she’s a workhorse I couldn’t do without. In fact, I think I’ve had this one for a good 3 years now, and we work/travel together daily. So far so good!
Powerpack: Because I listen to A LOT of podcasts.
LaCie Hard Drive: For times when I’m working offline and don’t want to wait till I’m online to backup OR anytime I’m editing video files.
Natural Antibacterial Foam: I’m actually not a fan of antibacterial products… BUT I keep this little bottle in my travel kit just in case I inadvertently find myself in a very germ-y situation.
Photos thanks to the lovely Lauren Campbell
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