habits of a web worker: co-working on the go
I’m a web worker. But that term isn’t very common, yet, and I don’t want people misunderstanding it as if there was a connotation. I wind up usually saying, “I work from a home office” or “I telecommute.” More recently, that phrase has become: “I can work anywhere there’s internet.”
Right now I’m in the midst of a heavy travel season: travelling 4 weeks in a row. Not 4 complete weeks away from home, but every week I’ve got a trip away that’ll disrupt the normal routines at home base.
My road warrior gear, whether away or near home, usually consists of: my company-issued laptop (Dell Latitude D630), ear-bud headphones, webcam (QuickCam Deluxe for Notebooks), condenser mic (Blue Snowflake), headset, compact power adapter (Targus Travel Power Outlets). I usually get out of the house even when working from the home office, because being home alone is not a healthy thing for my moods and emotional well-being.
On my most recent trip, I used a wired headset (ear-bud headphone + mic) with my iPhone 3G. This does get me more clarity than a bluetooth headset, and I didn’t have to carry the accompanying power adapter. But, in the hustle-bustle of travelling, the wire did get in the way.
A couple weeks ago, I lost my favorite bluetooth headset, Jabra BT500. I’m getting by with a less-comfortable headset until I need a replacement. Doing my part to be frugal in times like these.