How to do your job from anywhere in the world
The ZenBook 13 is light and powerful enough to let you do your work from absolutely anywhere. Weighing around 1 kg, you’ll barely notice it in your bag. That said, getting to the point where you can actually move your work out of the office involves more than just having the right laptop. Here are a few tips for doing your job from anywhere in the world.
When you’re away from the office, you have to make sure you have all of the tools you need to get things done. That means bringing only the essentials so you have room in your luggage for everything you need. The light version of the ZenBook 13 weighs only 985 g and is a mere 13.9 mm thin. That means you can include more accessories, like a mouse, extra reference material, or whatever else your job demands.
Convince the boss
This part can take a fair bit of diplomacy. Even if a job can technically be done from anywhere, many older companies have a long-standing culture of cohabitated work. So familiarize yourself with some of the most common objections, and the most convincing counterarguments. The biggest question your boss will have is, “How do I know you’re working and not just goofing off?”
Actually, you’ll be more productive. Without the added overhead of a commute, coworkers distracting you from your primary tasks, unnecessary meetings taking up your time, more time to sleep, and generally increased happiness, you’ll be producing a more than you are in the office. Of course, the proof is in the pudding. You’ll have to make sure you actually follow through on that promise, and document your activities if they aren’t readily visible from corporate home base. With discrete NVIDIA graphics and an 8th. Generation Intel Core i7 processor, the ZenBook 13 certainly has enough power to keep up with the rigorous demands of your work and keep your productivity at its very peak.
Find the right communication tools
You probably already have a full complement of industry software on your laptop to get your work done. Requiring physical access to certain company resources will limit your flexibility, but if you’re in a primarily digital industry, the biggest gap you’ll need to fill is communication.
The immediacy and responsiveness of talking to people face-to-face is hard to beat, but if you’re using a full complement of communication apps (and can make sure others on your team are as well), then all of your bases should be covered. As a baseline, there’s e-mail. Make sure you’re replying quickly, since it proves to colleagues you’re still on the ball even if you’re at home or on the road. This might mean setting up custom alerts for high profile senders.
Skype is a great choice for one-on-one interactions, and a well-established option for video calling. Hopping on a video call is a great way of cementing with your colleagues that you’re still present and active, even if you aren’t right there with them. The ZenBook 13 has an array microphone that can ensure you’re heard clearly while on calls, even when there’s background noise to compete with. Meanwhile, Wi-Fi Master technology ensures your connections are strong enough for smooth, uninterrupted calls.
At a team scale, Slack is the de facto standard for collaboration. You can easily break down different groups into their own chat rooms, share relevant files, and use plug-ins to integrate industry-specific tools. The ZenBook 13 has a backlit keyboard with 1.4 mm of key travel, perfect for comfortable chatting on Slack or writing out lengthy e-mails day-in and day-out.
Establish a routine
Whether you’re enjoying an exotic locale, or working from home in domestic bliss, there are plenty of potential distractions when it comes to remote work. The key to ensuring you aren’t victim to these pitfalls is to have a solid routine from the get-go. Set up a dedicated work area, have set working hours, and put on clothes as if you’re going in to work every day (because even if it doesn’t feel like it, you are). This sets a baseline so that your work comes first, while still being flexible enough to attend other matters abroad. With 15 hours of battery life, you can count on the ZenBook 13 lasting your whole routine on a single charge, even if it’s punctuated by the occasional distraction.
The routine has to work both ways, though. It’s very easy for work to bleed into your personal life if you’re not careful. Knowing when to shut down and unplug when working remotely is key to staying happy and healthy.
With that, you should be well on your way to the wonderful world of remote work. Now you just have to decide where you want to set up shop, and how soon you can pick up a ZenBook 13. With up to NVIDIA MX150 graphics, you can count on it handling intensive work away from home base, and with such a slim profile and light weight, it’s built for life on the move. In fact, if you’re really keen to keep things light, check out the light version of the ZenBook 13.