As social activities outside the home are put on hold and the influx of people around the world now working or attending school from home, our reliance on the internet and the digital world to meet the needs of what can’t be accomplished in person is at a high.
It may sound counterintuitive to some still enamored with the newness of the practice of “social distancing,” but staying at home and inside can become taxing on our mental, emotional, and physical wellness. If you can get outside, you’re encouraged to do so.
What if we told you that going outdoors isn’t cancelled and there’s actually a way to take your home and your work on the road with you during this time while adhering to social distancing which helps to combat the spread of novel COVID-19 coronavirus?
Whether you’re wanting to practice the art of social distancing in nature without dropping the ball at work, or you’re a full time RVer, vacationer or weekend traveler needing to fit in some work while you travel, juggling priorities while on the road can be just as difficult as the tasks you need to accomplish. So why reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to? Here are four tips for how to efficiently go about working from the road.
1. Consider your internet options
If you need internet for getting your work done, your first decision will be whether to use your cell phone or use WiFi. To use your cell phone, you will likely need to create a hotspot, and the success of this method will be based on how strong your cell phone signal is and on how much data you have available. Most cell phone plans cap your usable hot spot data.
If cell phone data isn’t an option for you, you’ll need to find a usable WiFi network. I gravitate toward libraries for this—in many towns, it’s the fastest WiFi available—but some cafes like Starbucks also have excellent WiFi. Lowe’s is also known for having usable WiFi, and sometimes it’s even accessible from the parking lot.
If you’re a full time RVer or find yourself frequently working on the go, you may want to invest in heavier duty equipment, like some signal-enhancing gear, to make this task easier. Be sure to consult the Mobile Internet Resource Center for your needs. They are the experts in an ever-changing field.
2. Find the right location
Maintain proper social distance etiquette by setting up camp on BLM land — most campsites are free, full of fresh air, and off the beaten path. Need help searching for a site? Our BLM park guides are here to map out your options. One part of finding the right location, of course, will be figuring out your internet options. But you’ll also want to think about the height of your table or work surface in your RV, what you’ll need access to while — a snack, a cup of coffee — and of course, whether or not your view is suitable and inspiring. After all, one of the perks of working remotely is the ability to choose your view.
3. Minimize distractions
Your kitchen table might be the most obvious RV work setup, but if that’s the central location for your kids as they come and go, it may prove too distracting. Find a place that’s out of the way, either inside or outside, where you can work in relative peace. When I’m on the go, this spot if often the passenger seat of my car! Just be sure to have your own space—even if it’s a closet—and protect that space to minimize distractions.
4. Be efficient
Working while on vacation, or while you’re within access to a wealth of awesome activities, isn’t ideal. You’d rather be having fun, right? But to make your time as productive as possible, find ways to be efficient. Make a point to only check email once or twice a day—this isn’t the time to check Facebook or watch a silly meme. Also, be sure to work at the time of day when you’re most focused, if possible, and don’t work longer than necessary. After all, the world of activities awaits!
I hope these tips are helpful as you plan your next getaway. If you’re ready to rent an RV for your next trip, head here. And if you found this article helpful, you might also enjoy reading about boondocking in New Mexico or how to spend a weekend exploring the San Juan Islands.