Even if you love where you work, it's a good idea to change up your surroundings once in a while. There's only so much fluorescent lighting and co-worker small talk you can handle before you need a break from it all.
Luckily, more and more offices around the country are adopting remote working options, at least part of the time. This might sound counterintuitive, but studies have shown that working from home can actually boost productivity and raise employee morale. Especially during the summer, when there's often a little more flexibility in our schedules, or when Summer Fridays go into effect, you can get extra-creative with your work environment. You're not just limited to working from home — you can work from anywhere, including the great outdoors, without eating up your vacation days. As an added bonus, you can close up shop early wherever you are and treat yourself to an instant Happy Hour!
We've teamed up with Barefoot Spritzer Cans to come up with work-from-anywhere ideas for those of us with half-day Summer Fridays or anyone who's allowed to work from anywhere. #YeahYouCan celebrate your freedom from the usual grind this summer anywhere you can take your laptop and an easy-to-carry can of wine! I've tapped the Bustle Wine Club — an actual group of editors here at Bustle committed to enjoying wine together on the regular — to help me compile a list of excellent locations to work hard, then sip!
From The Countryside
Bustle Wine Club member Arielle loves working from the patio of her house in New Jersey. She has a beautiful view and can work for hours in the shade.
From The Pool
I would recommend poolside work only when you have a bunch of smaller tasks, not while working on a project with too much heavy lifting. The water's just a little too enticing!
From Your Family's Backyard
Earlier this summer, I flew across the country to visit my family in Thousand Oaks, California, and I didn't miss a single day of work. It was relaxing yet incredibly productive getting work done in my family's backyard. Nothing feels all that stressful when your family is bringing you food and coffee all day. Plus, because I was on West Coast time, I was free to close up shop and crack open a Barefoot Refresh Rosé Spritzer any time after three!