7 Daily Habits of the Mobile Worker

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Where are you right now as you read this article?  Are you in your office, a waiting room, a coffee shop?

Technology and internet access have made working away from the office a reality.  It has become a goal for many professionals to be 100% mobile workers.


How easy is it to be mobile?  It starts with having the right tools.


You need basic equipment and may already have the following:

  • Laptop with webcam
  • Smartphone/Tablet
  • Power cords, adapters, earbuds with microphone
  • Flash drives (if your company allows them)
  • Minimal number of paper files
  • Scanning app


You will also need browser-based or installed software that allows you to:

  • Conduct your company’s business just as if you were at an office onsite
  • Store your electronic files in the cloud in a secure location
  • Participate in videoconferences
  • Share screens with clients and/or colleagues


But, that’s the easy part.  The biggest challenge for the mobile worker is to behave every day like a mobile worker.  And, these behaviors may go against your nature.

Animals instinctively nest.  They set up a warm and cozy place to live and raise young.  Some animals will defend their dens to the death.  So, being totally nomadic may not come naturally to the human animal.


Don’t be surprised if you feel a little resistance, especially at first.


It doesn’t mean that it is impossible to develop these new skills; it just takes a little practice.

7 Daily Habits of the Mobile Worker

  1. They don’t save things to do for when “I am back at my desk.” The world is their office.
  2. They embrace available technologies and constantly look for new ways to be productive.
  3. They use tools, like dictation, to “capture” their thoughts and action items while they are on the go.
  4. They have tried-and-true methods to prevent distraction.
  5. They find opportunities to collaborate with others daily.
  6. They treat paper as if it has a very short lifespan. Paper is scanned and discarded shortly after it is created.
  7. They set boundaries between work and life. Just because they are mobile doesn’t mean they work 24/7.


Once you become a nomadic animal, take special care to avoid becoming solitary.  You are a part of a larger team or network of people.


Mobile work isn’t meant to isolate you, it is meant to make you nimble and more productive.


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Dr. Melissa GratiasMelissa Gratias (pronounced “Gracious”) used to think that productivity was a result of working long hours. And, she worked a lot of hours. Then, she learned that productivity is a skill set, not a personality trait. Now, Melissa is a productivity expert who coaches and trains other businesspeople to be more focused, balanced, and effective. She is a prolific writer and speaker who travels the world helping people change how they work and improve how they live. Contact her at getproductive@melissagratias.com or 912-417-2505. Sign up to receive her productivity tips via email.


  1. Justin Kolumber

    This one got my attention, Melissa. Hit the nail on the head too!! #MobileAgileHostile

    • Melissa Gratias, Ph.D.

      Thanks, Justin. Are there any habits you would add to the list?

  2. Jeff Turner

    Great post!


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