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It seems as if March was a long time ago, but it really has only been a few months since we got started on the “new normal.” Part of the new normal was working from home, and many of us found ourselves doing so, even though we had never done so before.

Working remotely is not something new for everyone, but some people were struggling to learn how to do it properly. Perhaps one of the most difficult parts of learning how to work remotely is learning where to work so that you can be as productive as possible.

The obvious choice is a home office and your own desk but you may have given the living room couch a try on occasion, just for comfort’s sake. Some people even try to work in bed, but it isn’t long before you are grabbing the remote control or your cell phone and wasting some time.

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Even though it’s important to work in a convenient location, it doesn’t mean that it is always going to be the best choice when it comes to being productive. So, if the option is available for you to work from home rather than going into a sterile office environment, you might want to consider working outside.

The choice of working outside may seem like a dream for some people. When we are now approaching the warmer weather, there’s nothing like heading out for a cup of coffee in the morning and listening to the sounds of nature. As the sun comes up, we feel full of life but we may also question if we can work in the sun, because of the glare on the computer screen.

The glare from the sun can be a problem when it comes to using a computer outside. That is until you learn this little trick that is being shared to help all of us work from homes during this difficult time. The good news is, it really doesn’t require anything but a cardboard box!

LinkedIn user Tom Wood is sharing this ingenious hack of a back to basics “work from home technology.” In other words, we are talking about the cardboard box again.

It really is that simple. Just get a cardboard box that is large enough to fit your laptop. Try looking on the front porch for one of those Amazon boxes that you have not thrown out yet. Flip the cardboard box on its side, put your laptop inside of the box, and you now have your new outside office.

People have been struggling with the glare from the sun for many years so they were surprised when they learned how easy this tip was. It may seem simplistic, but the fact that it is helping people to work outdoors is anything but simple.

“I’m embarrassed that I did not already come up with this myself. Amazing,” said Stephanie Juszcyzk on LinkedIn.

“I’ve been working from home for 5 years and it’s only now that the rest of the country has joined in that this ingenious idea has come to my attention,” said Twitter use Andrea Mara.

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