Are you a Stay At Home Researcher?  As I made my coffee this morning, I pondered the things that were really necessary for me to get through my day.  I thought I’d jot them down.

1. A really good alarm clock

Coz their ain’t no boss wondering where you are if you don’t show up by 9am.  And in this day in age, it is much easier to appear to be working, when you are in fact cleaning the house, doing the shopping or at the gym.  So the first thing you need to work from home successfully is the thing that will get you up and at ’em.

2. Darth Vader.  (Aka My Coffee Maker)

I know it is not the ‘Australian way’ – but I really love my drip filter coffee maker.  I’d love every day to be espresso and latte’s, but we need to be economical about these things and my little Darth Vader makes me little cups of happiness every morning which helps get me started, before I stumble in to my emails

Darth Vader. My little coffee maker of happiness

3. My iPhone

I didn’t want to be a cliché and fan-boy with Apple, but really – it is absolutely essential to the way I work.  My iPhone means I can be contactable and not tied to my desk.  It has my calendar, my contacts, it is an audio recorder, Dropbox to access my files, a camera to capture ‘that moment’ when you’re out in field, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook to connect, 1Password to get me logged in, GPS to get me to my IDIs on time and Kindle to keep me distracted on long commutes to meetings (by public transport, not driving!).

4. My Peeps

The most important thing that you need to do when you work from home is find reasons to get out of home.  Otherwise YOU WILL go stir crazy.  When I started working from home I firmly believed my introverted self would be happier away from the hustle and bustle of office life.  How wrong I was.  I’ve written about it before, but I’ll say it again – you need to establish networks and GET OUT THERE (and out of your PJs…. you know you do it), and connect.  This is where I find my AMSRS membership and friendships I’ve formed with other stay-at-home researchers so important.  Get out, go to events, have coffee, go for a walk, attend conferences, invite people over for webinars (tricky) – it is the most important thing you can do.

5. My Running Shoes

Sadly, these do not get the workout they should.  But when your commute becomes the stumble from bedroom, to kitchen, to study/ office – making sure you get out and get some fresh air is really important.  Running shoes, yoga mat, bike, whatever – just do it (apologies Mr Nike)

6. The cloud

I love having everything across many devices, backed up and secure.  Again this gives you the freedom to not always be locked to your desk.  Check your local privacy and data security laws, but services like Dropbox, iCloud, Evernote, SugarSync – the list goes on.  In contrast, my IT expert (aka, husband) is obsessed with physical backups of things.  I think it is important to do both.  If you can’t be bothered, think what would happen if your computer broke today.  How much would you lose and what could you replace?

7. My niffty pen

Spoken about this before, but I love my niffty pen.  My Livescribe Pen – records as you write.  Backs up to Evernote as a PDF.  Handy handy handy

8. My tool-kit

Again, something I’ve talked about before.  No muss, no fuss.  I have everything I need for groups or depths on the go all packed up and ready.  This means I can just grab it and go.  I also have my list to make sure I don’t forget anything.

9. My Computer and its friends

I’m a PC, not a Mac.
I KNOW, it’s a big surprise isn’t it.
I’m sure I would love everything about owning a MAC except – they have so much less processing power for the money, you still need to basically run all your PC programs on it (Word, PPT etc).  But either way, can’t live without a computer, my two screens etc etc etc

10. Social Media

Hi guys *waves* – this is the other really important part of life working for yourself.  You have to keep connected, keep learning, keep on top of the innovations and changes.  Otherwise the world moves without you – techniques and thinking change and you can become outdated.  Social media is a great community where you can connect with people from all over the globe to keep your thinking fresh.


So, what things can’t you live without?  Any other suggestions from other SAH Researchers, I’d love to hear them!  

Hope you’re having a great week peeps!

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