Sitting on the sofa, feet propped up with my laptop on my lap, I’ve taken my usual pose and set down to work. It’s taken a few years to distill my routines and resources down to what’s essential to keep me somewhat sane and maintain a solid level of productivity. These last three weeks have been a good, albeit unintentional, testing ground.
Here’s what I learned:
- Up-to-date, reliable technology is essential. With a spanking new MacBook Pro, CS5 and 3 years of Apple Care support, I can launch 5 apps simultaneously from anywhere and be assured that Apple has my back if anything goes wrong (with my hardware that is).
- Good broadband is easy to find (AT&T cell service is not).
- I love Skype. I can take my office number anywhere and as far as my clients are concerned I’m firmly rooted in the 415 area code no matter how rootless I really am.
- I need to hold onto one familiar morning routine to feel grounded before getting down to it… a big mug of hot tea (English Breakfast or Earl Grey) with milk. So I pack my tea wherever I go and ensure the night before that there is milk in the fridge.
- A pocketful of reliable virtual resources, well bookmarked, keeps the anxiety level down. Because the consultant’s mantra is Never Say No, I have to know that I have backup from great researchers, strategists, designers and developers. In fact, just found what I’m hoping will be another life-saver – TweakMyTheme. I love that their inquiry page asks if you prefer your ‘pro’ to be US-based or “global pros are fine as long as they are awesome.” I heart global!
- It’s OK to check Facebook once in a while… just don’t keep the tab open. Fortunately my social life is not centered on Facebook, but it really does do its job to make one feel connected. Multitasking maven that I am, I cannot, however, FB chat while I’m Skyping with a client.
So here’s to the feet up, laptop purring nomad life. If you live this existence too, please tell me your secrets!