For Andrew, the perks of remote work are the little things: working from the comfort of his Crocs, the quiet, and being able to pace during conference calls.
Andrew owns Urban Rural Continuum, a community and environmental planning firm, based in Colorado. He works with his clients to facilitate positive change in urban areas, rural communities, and on public land. When he’s not working on plans for communities and open space, he’s out there enjoying them. You’ll find him biking, fly fishing, skiing, and hiking the mountains surrounding his home office.
How many years have you worked remotely? 2 1/2 years
Where are you based? Ridgway, CO
Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? In my home office
When are you most productive? Afternoon
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Andrew’s home office setup and decor
What type of desk do you use? Standing desk
What type of chair do you use while at work? Yoga ball
What features do you like most about your work space?
Having worked in a cubicle farm and offices with no windows, I love the peace and quiet, natural light, and space to pace while on conference calls!
Do you share your work space with anyone? Tell us about them!
I fly solo with the exception of a few house plants.
Remote work pros and cons: Andrew’s take
What are the biggest pros and cons of remote work for you?
Pros: more focus, better work-life balance, more time from cutting your commute, less stressful work environment
Cons: feeling isolated/less connected with colleagues, fighting the stigma of not working as hard as non-remote peers
Working from home tips and tricks
What software technologies do you use on a regular basis?
What habit allows you to be more productive during the day?
Luckily, my wife has a “regular” job, so I get up and go to work at the same time every day. A fairly consistent schedule keeps me focused. Deadlines keep me productive.
What are the 3 items you can’t live without while working remotely? (If you have a brand you love, please name them!)
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