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  • Mobile Office Advice

    Hi all,

    I've finally got around to reading GTD and have some questions about setting up a "mobile office".

    I currently move around a lot. I have a "real" office where the work happens, and I have an office where I officially live. But in practise I spend 1/4 of my time at my boyfriend's house instead and in the next few weeks I'm also house sitting for friends.

    The two office system makes sense; you basically divide up "work stuff" and "home stuff" and there's only a few things that really need to travel back & forth.

    My life as it stands means I regularly don't have access to my "home office" however. I've been tempted to set up a file crate in the boot of the car with the bits I need and possibly even the tickler file that DA suggests.

    Any thoughts on office space when you're living between 3 houses?

    -- Sarah

  • #2
    A filing crate in your car could be a good solution. If you can get by with a smaller number of portable files, they also make expandable files with handles that you can easily leave in the car or carry into wherever you are. These are not as convenient as a crate for quick filing, but they have the advantage of being portable, so you won't feel as much like you are living out of your car.

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    • #3
      Re: Mobile Office Advice

      Originally posted by slgeo1
      My life as it stands means I regularly don't have access to my "home office" however. I've been tempted to set up a file crate in the boot of the car with the bits I need and possibly even the tickler file that DA suggests.

      Any thoughts on office space when you're living between 3 houses?
      I've been in a situation similar to yours for quite a while. My current solution is a pair of Levenger travelling inboxes. One holds my one and only tickler file setup (it took me a while to get around to creating it, but boy have I found it valuable). The other holds my generic project support materials, as well as my "travelling" in/out folders. I haven't needed as much space as a crate would give, and this way I can just grab the inboxes by the handles and go (or drop them into a backpack).

      I'm using a context list for each place (@office, @home, @R&K's). I also have a context for things that I can do "at home" at any of the "homes" (therefore cleverly called @homeS). Since I use Life Balance, @homeS is included by both @home and @R&K's, so I see just what I need to see when I need to see it.

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      • #4
        You migth be able to find what they call a "portable desk". They are usually made out of plastic and contain a tray for office supplies and a place to hold several files. The plastic is sturdy enough that it can even be used as a simple lap desk. They are usually inexpensive but easily carried around.

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        • #5
          Thanks for your responces

          Thanks all for your responces.
          As it happens I use Life Balance software too (its how I got looking at GTD in the first place).

          The travelling inbox things look great, I'll have to consider whether I can afford one. Do you know if A4 stuff will fit in them? (A4 is pretty much the standard paper size here in Australia). The folders I use to keep my A4 documents are 36cm by 24cm.

          Thanks,
          -- Sarah

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          • #6
            I'm not sure if they will fit A4 sized paper. If I had to make an educated guess I'd say that since that's the standard size there, that they would be sized to fit those most of all. Otherwise, they would lose most of their market. Here they're fit to 8 1/2 x 11, but that's standard .

            As far as price, the ones I'm referring to are very cheap. You can usually find them in office supply stores, etc. for about $10, definitely less than $20.

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            • #7
              Can someone post a link for the traveling inbox - thx

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              • #8
                Here you go: http://www.levenger.com/PAGETEMPLATE...03%7CLevel=2-3

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