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 Your Friend's Rooftop With A View
As a writer working on a novel in my off hours, I understand how switching up your scenery can help inspire good ideas and keep you motivated. On days I don't have to be in the office, I ask my friends Tim and Lou if I can work on their roof patio because it's huge, quiet, and has an excellent view of Midtown Manhattan and the Hudson River in the distance. Plus, Tim is a professional baker and always makes me one of his famous flower-themed cupcakes!
Even if you don't have access to a roof, you likely have a friend who does. I especially love being on Tim and Lou's roof during sunset. I can crack open a Rosé Barefoot Spritzer and reward myself for a long day of writing or work.
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 Train En Route To Vacation
If you can swing it, it's always worth heading out of the office early to catch your train out of town. As fellow Bustle Wine Clubber Erin puts it, "After a long work week and having to push my way through the crowds at Penn Station, I feel like cracking open a Barefoot Spritzer Can is the best way to celebrate the official end of the work day and beginning of the weekend!"
Many trains have a bar car or sleeper cars where you can open up whatever libation you want. You might as well make getting there that much more enjoyable!
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!
From Your Dog-sitting Gig
Some days, you need to get your work done while also soothing your soul. Nothing makes me happier than hanging out with dogs, so sometimes when I'm working remotely, I'll offer to dog-sit for my friends and hang out with their Brussels Griffon, Bear, all day. I'll sometimes go up to their roof to let him run around while I get on a conference call. Bear, of course, doesn't partake in Barefoot, but he'll watch me as I open one up while waiting for his parents to come home.
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