I’ve been working from my couch and dinner table for the past year. That freedom might sound nice, but I haven’t been as productive as I could be most weeks. Cue: sleepy eyes on the couch when I’m writing an article, and answering Facebook messages when I could be working on a project. So, it’s no surprise that I’m now hunting for a new desk and checking out a coworking space, so I can separate where I work and where I unwind everyday.
So, in the sense of knowledge sharing, YouInc asked fellow remote workers how they setup their workspaces to be as productive as possible. They’ve shared the devices they use and the types of spaces they choose no matter where they are in the world. Also, the places they’ve traveled this year aren’t too shabby:
Kit Whelan, Founder, 7in7 Co.
As a minimalist and a lover of change, I need very little to be productive. I'm a big believer in getting work done anywhere, anytime, be it a coffee shop, library, coworking space, couch, or even the bed I'm currently writing from. I find the constant change of atmosphere to be a huge boon to my creativity and productivity, so I use resources like WorkHardAnywhere to find the best place to work from in a new city or neighbourhood. All I need for a good quality work day is my laptop, power cable and excellent headphones. And a good view doesn't hurt.
Remote locations: I usually move around once a month, though sometimes circumstances force me to move faster. In the last month, for instance, I've been in four cities.
Tomas Laurinavicius, Lifestyle Entrepreneur and Blogger
The most important factor for my work is not something I can control most of the time. It's the WiFi connection in coffee shops, hotels, restaurants and coworking spaces. Seating is also important as more comfortable seats allow me to get to the flow much faster. I change my workspace every one to two weeks trying out new spots, tasting coffee and staying inspired.
I'm always traveling and keep my remote office to a minimum. My workspace essentials include MacBook Pro 13, Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard, Beats Studio Wireless headphones, iPhone 6s Plus and a physical notebook with a pen. A recent addition to my workspace is a laptop stand by my friends at STANDapart that allows me to have a healthier posture when working long hours.
Remote locations: Currently in Bali, Indonesia. For the last 10 months, I’ve been all around the world including Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bali, Cebu, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York, London, and Copenhagen.
Rodolphe Dutel, Director of Operations, Buffer
As a remote worker, I enjoy moving around and changing my environment often. I rely on the Roost and Apple accessories to have an ergonomic setup anywhere I go, and on Bose QC25 and QC35 as noise-canceling headphones.
In terms of software, I'm very happy to report that AdBlock prevents me from seeing around 400 ads per day, and services such as Pocket and Evernote help me to remember all I want to set aside for later without having to worry about it all.
Remote locations: I spend about eight months a year in Paris, and four months a year on the road. I always spend a month in NYC during the fall, and visit a few European cities at least once a year like Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Barcelona, and Split, Croatia. Once a year, I'll take a longer trip to Asia like Singapore, Australia or South America like Argentina or Colombia.
Kristi DePaul, CEO, Founders Marketing
My remote work space is a home office that includes memorabilia and art from trips overseas, inspirational quotes, and photos of family and friends. The other wall, which isn't pictured, is a floor-to-ceiling bookcase with hundreds of books and some magazines as well.
My portable standing desk helps me to stay productive whenever I get restless from sitting for too long, which seems to happen more frequently since I became a remote worker a few years ago. I've also found that my video calls are also somehow more energized when conducted while standing, which has added considerable depth to any blog post interviews.
The second must-have for me is the ability to colour code information. I still take old school notes when kicking off new client projects, so having highlighters and post-its handy to sort out the details really helps. When working with multiple clients, it helps me to sort out the most salient points from conversations, or the important details that will become key messages for an upcoming campaign, for example.
Remote locations: Pittsburgh, USA and Tel Aviv, Israel. I travel internationally about eight or nine times a year, so almost every month I'm working remotely from a different country. This year I worked from three continents: Europe, Asia, and North America.