My schedule and my duties don’t permit me the luxury of a rigid schedule. Yet I want to be able to be efficient and maximize the amount of work I can accomplish in the time allocated. My reasoning for this is simple: if I don’t get the work done in the time allocated, in a lot of cases I’m going to have to spend more time working. This takes away from any personal time for me (needed to help with stress), with my family, with my church, etc.
In reading through most of the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, I noted that most of the artists profiled had a strict schedule for their workdays. A lot of them worked primarily in the morning, usually getting up early to do so. However, regardless of when they worked or when they awoke, what was true of the majority of the artists was that iron-clad schedule. I can understand the need for this: it reduces the brain power to process the mundane.
What if you’re like me and you don’t have the option of that rigid schedule? As Sebastian Marshall points out, some highly productive folks have the ability to work anywhere. Sebastian talks about just getting some work done with the tools at hand, even if they aren’t ideal. I’d rather have the tools I need always at hand. This caused me to think, “What tools do I need to be able to work efficiently anywhere?” Some things off of the top of my head:
- laptop or tablet
- pens or pencils
- smartphone (if I don’t have Wi-Fi)
- Backpack to carry my tools
I’ve wandered around this question in the past, but I’ve never given serious thought to it. I’d like to basically come up with “an office in a backpack.” If you’ve tackled this question before, what are some of the tools you find essential to work anywhere?