Technology has transformed the world of business in ways we would never have thought possible even just 30 years ago.
Today it’s possible to run a truly global business from your back bedroom or a laptop on a beach somewhere. You can hire teams of remote workers, leverage marketing tools and analytics once only available to multinational corporations with bottomless budgets, and conduct business across all corners of the globe (24/7) all thanks to the power and reach of the internet.
At the same time, it’s no surprise that productivity takes a nosedive when you are always on the go.
There’s certainly something to be said about having a “base of operations” to do your workday in and day out. An office or a workplace that you can get comfortable with, a space set up for your productivity – but today’s modern employees and entrepreneurs aren’t always going to have that luxury.
If you are constantly on the go, always moving and shaking, and anything but tied down to a desk and a traditional PC set up you’re going to need to know how to “hack productivity” to squeeze more efficiency out of your day-to-day routine.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you hit the ground running!
Leverage the Right Tools
Getting work done on the go will inevitably involve a little bit more than a traditional laptop or Surface-like device – and you want to make sure that you have all the tools and technology necessary while on the move without weighing yourself down at the same time.
A quality laptop briefcase guarantees that the “heartbeat” of your mobile office is always protected and secure while allowing plenty of room for accessories and extras so that you can grab this briefcase and go at a moment’s notice.
It’s tough to imagine any briefcase better for on the move entrepreneurs and employees than the Kensington LM570. Filled to the brim with security and storage options, roomy enough to accommodate laptops up to 15.6 inches (screen size), and still sleek and attractive enough to avoid the stodgy look of traditional briefcases. The LM570 is perfect for digital nomads, executives with busy travel schedules, and commuters looking for a quality briefcase that protects their laptop.
It’s an impressive little laptop briefcase. It’s slim looking and has a lot of room for storage. Its faux leather exterior looks high-end and upscale while maintaining a thin and lightweight appearance.
The internal organizer pocket is a neat little feature, too. It’s just the right size to keep your smartphone topped away safely with extra room for business cards, pens, and any other odds and ends you might need to take with you on a trip.
Of course, if you need a little bit more storage space than that, you might want to go with the Kensington SecureTrek 17” Laptop Overnight Roller.
Big enough to accommodate pretty much anything and everything you need to bring with you on a business trip while remaining small enough to be topped up into the carry-on space of most major airlines. The compact size allows you to avoid checked baggage in the headache that brings to the table – this is a must-have for entrepreneurs that are going to be logging some serious frequent flyer miles.
Separate compartments are designed to keep your business technology secure while travelling while still offering plenty of room for your clothing in any extras you are bringing on this carry-on.
A zippered interior pocket section allows you to keep toiletries separate from everything else, closing up the waterproof pocket so that you don’t have to worry about leaks, either.
Likewise, the interior storage compartments feature padded sections to keep your 17″ laptop and 10″ tablet nice and safe.
The material used to construct the outside shell of the Kensington SecureTrek bag is 840D Poly Twill which gives it a very modern and utilitarian aesthetic but also provides the kind of ripstop protection you’re hoping for in a suitcase designed for frequent travellers.
However, bags aren’t the only tool we need when on the go. You’ll also want to make sure that you have the Kensington SD 2400T Thunderbolt dock tucked away in either of those two bags.
The Kensington SD 2400T can dramatically extend the capabilities of any laptop with multiple USB connections. The ability to recharge accessories via USB or Thunderbolt, and even offering support for 5K or dual 4K monitor options, you’re immediately able to use a lot more technology with this dock than you would have been able to with just your laptop alone.
Because this dock has its dedicated power supply, it makes quick charging possible via USB or Thunderbolt, too. You’ll not only be able to charge up your laptop and other peripheral USB accessories, but you’ll be able to do so a lot faster than you would have with traditional USB/Thunderbolt chargers.
Three of the USB ports are USB 3.0 compatible. This is perfect for modern devices that need a high-speed USB connection for moving large files across all of your devices connected to this dock.
You’ll also appreciate an extra USB-C port so that you can take advantage of this latest USB standard. You’ll get even faster speeds (up to 5 Gb per second) and improved quick charging capabilities via these ports – so long as your devices are USB-C compatible.
Stop Managing Your Time and Start Managing Yourself
Now that Kensington has the hardware side of things taken care of it’s essential to talk about the most significant piece of the puzzle in having success while working on the go. How do we manage our own “software” (our brain and habits) to squeeze every drop of productivity out?
Managing yourself on the go is going to be a mixed bag of clearing obstacles that wouldn’t have presented themselves in a traditional office but also leaning into the idea of working wherever (and sometimes whenever) you feel most comfortable and most inspired.
You’d be amazed at the amount of work you’re able to get done when you are focused and armed with the right tools and mindset. It won’t matter whether you are on a beautiful beach, plane or somewhere else, with the right level of motivation and focus you can work effortlessly and be just as productive as when you are in the office.
Ultimately, it comes down to managing yourself and getting as much out of your time as possible. Put yourself under control, and everything else falls in place.