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The Workshifter’s Non-Tech Toolkit

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Technology has enabled the average workshifter to do what he or she does. If not for high-speed Internet, mobile devices and 24/7 electronic communications, many of us would not be living the digital nomad lifestyle that we love.


But it isn’t all about tech all the time. As much as we cherish the electronic gadgets that allow us to work from anywhere, the non-tech tools we use are often just as important. Even the most technology-savvy workshifter needs a few low-tech devices in order to make working from wherever a truly pleasant experience.

Water Bottle

I cannot stress enough the importance of drinking enough water throughout the day. Most of us walk through life in a semi-dehydrated state, as we simply don’t drink enough water. And when you’re working on your own, it’s easy to get caught up in a cycle that doesn’t allow for hydration. (And no, coffee and water are not the same thing!)

It’s a known fact that dehydration can contribute to sluggishness, lack of energy and loss of concentration. The simplest low-tech solution to the hydration conundrum is of course one that makes it as easy as possible to consume more water. Start by purchasing yourself a good quality, BPA-free water bottle. Fill it when you sit down to work and then refill it every time it gets empty. You’ll have to take more bathroom breaks (it’s okay to take breaks!) but you’ll avoid that 3 PM sluggishness and feel great all day.

Accordion File

No matter how paper-less you try to be, there is always going to be a certain amount that needs to be dealt with. Lots of us still receive tons of paper receipts – not everyone is on electronic billing quite yet. Even with a slower pace, the paper will pile up.

The number one way to eliminate this stress is to file the papers when you get them. And for me, the best low-tech solution is an accordion file. It’s compact, so it doesn’t take up room in a small office. You can also get really small ones that fit in a purse or briefcase, so you can keep your papers organized on the road, too. Head out to your local office supply store and get yourself an accordion file today – never lose a piece of paper again!

Comfy Clothes

One of my favorite things about working from home is that I get to wear comfy clothes. I was not born to wear dresses and high heels every day – that is a fact. Many elements of my wardrobe today consist of yoga pants, pajama bottoms, t-shirts and hoodies. I make a point of buying these items when they are on sale and stocking my drawers full of soft, fluffy, stretchy clothes. You’ll work better if you’re comfortable, I promise. So keep an eye on those sales flyers and buy yourself some comfy new work clothes!


The best thing about working from home is that you have complete control over your work environment. You can hang what you want on the wall, set your desk however you like and, best of all, surround yourself with things that make you happy and relaxed.

For me, it’s often candles, light incense or aromatherapy oil. I make a point of always having these on hand, and I pull them out when I need a bit of “ahhh” in my office. Even the act of lighting a few candles can take your mind off the stressful project you’re working on and into a place of peace. Your home office should be a calm and productive sanctuary – so always keep some tools on hand that allow you to create that environment.


These are the ideal non-tech tools that enable my stress-free, comfortable and healthy workshifting life. What about you? Do you have some non-tech essentials in your toolkit?


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  • http://www.worklifenation.com JudyMartin

    Great article, not to get to heady or woo woo.. but peace of mind is important and for that I use  post-its oddly enough. I regularly gaze at the post-it that says breath. Depending on the day it might be something like a completed project that I’m happy to have off my plate. Whatever triggers some calm. Enjoyed this!

    • http://www.suzemuse.com/ Susan Murphy

      Calm is so important in our working lives! Anything we can do to help achieve it is alright in my books! Love the Post-it idea! 

  • http://www.workfromhomewisdom.com Judy Heminsley

    Love this post! I have a little soapstone Buddha head to remind me to be calm – although I usually forget it when there’s a panic on!  Lately I’ve been putting flowers on the window sill behind my desk  to gaze at when I’m thinking.  I’m sure it helps!

  • http://www.joomladesignservices.com Kamal

    Love this post… But what to do when you are in office and feeling stress due to work load.

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