7 things to sort before working from your garden

Now that the weather is finally warming up, working in the garden is a lot more appealing than being cooped up in an office with temperamental air conditioning.

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And figures from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) show that 800,000 more of us (4.2million) now work from home on a permanent basis compared to a decade ago.

So, if you fall into this category, what steps should you take to ensure your home is as work-friendly as possible?

Aside from turning off the TV and stopping yourself from having a third snack break before 12pm, here are our top tips on how to get your home office-ready:

1. Sort out your Wi-Fi connection:

Ensure you’re kept in the loop with your work colleagues by checking your broadband is up to speed.  Our handy broadband speed tool will help you to work out what your speed is and whether there are faster speeds in your area.

2. Check your mobile reception:

If you keep in touch with your colleagues by mobile, find a spot in your home where there is decent mobile reception so you don’t miss any important calls.

3. Have a test run:

If you use certain software packages, complete a test run to ensure your access is working. And if you need access to your work’s shared network, contact your IT department to make sure you have everything you need to work remotely.

4. Get your home prepped:

Designate an area of your home as your workspace. If you don’t have a separate home office, try the kitchen or dining table or a bedroom desk. The sofa should not be used as a ‘break-out area’.  If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space, make sure your garden furniture is on an even surface to avoid spending hours stopping it from wobbling every time you type.

5. Stock up on the necessities:

Make sure you’re fully stocked up with tea, coffee and all the essentials you’ll need throughout the day. Your five minute dash to the shops could soon turn into a much longer trip, especially if you get distracted by ‘241’ offers or the ‘bargain’ shelf.

6. Set a routine:

Work your day as if you were in the office. This includes setting fixed working hours and, importantly, getting out of your pyjamas.

7. Al fresco working checklist:

If the weather is nice and you’re geared up for a day in the garden, arm yourself with an extension lead for your laptop, adjust the anti-glare settings on your screen and check if your Wi-Fi actually extends as far as the garden.

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