A lot of freelance writers and bloggers have their preferred working space, where their productivity is optimal. There are times, however, when we need to be out of the house or on the road, for one reason or another.
If you can postpone work for those periods, then good for you; but what if you absolutely need to get an article done and emailed before you get home? What if you need to publish a post in an hour, and you can’t get to your computer on time? You may have your data stored in a flash drive, but how do you access it with minimal hassle?
Of course, one can say that taking your laptop with you is the answer. After all, that’s why netbooks and ultrabooks have become so popular. They’re light, and you can still do practically everything you need to do.
Here’s the thing: when on the road, even an ultrabook can be a liability. I have been using a MacBook Air for a couple of years now, and I still think that a tablet is the best way to optimize work when you’re mobile.
Here are several reasons I say this:
- A tablet gets rid of all the clutter. It gives you focus, which allows you to get more work done in a shorter span of time. While the latest tablets have made multi-tasking easier, allowing for various distracting apps to be on while you’re writing, it’s easier to ignore them as compared to working on a laptop. This even applies if you’re working at home, and you can write without having to do research or look at web sites. Use the tablet for optimizing work – just write!
- A tablet is more portable. For some people, this is more important than the first point. It’s a matter of preference and need, but if, for example, you are out to do errands and you only have 45 minutes to sit down at a coffee shop to work before your next appointment, you don’t want to be lugging a laptop around. A tablet, on the other hand, can fit a mid-size bag or purse.
- There are many apps that can optimize working on a tablet. These apps usually sync with the desktop version, so that you can pick up where you left off. For “to do” lists, Trello is an efficient and good-looking app – and it’s free. For an even more powerful productivity app, there’s Evernote, which I think I can’t live without if I am to get any work done inside and outside of the house.
Aside from the mobile device that you use to optimize working, it is also paramount that you manage your time well. Whether you’re working at home, from a coffee shop, or whatever pit stop you may be at the moment, take note of the time that you can work, and make sure your mindset is to focus on what needs to be done and not get distracted by other things.
At the end of the day, your mobile device is but a tool. It’s you who makes or breaks your productivity.