Rolling remote with Andrew Coburn

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.

Quick-fire profile

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

The desk where it all goes down. | Submitted by Andrew Coburn

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

A little green goes a long way. | Submitted by Andrew Coburn

Working from home tips and tricks

What software technologies do you use on a regular basis?, toggl, Wave, Google Team Drive

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!)

  1. C3 Hush Headphones
  2. Standing desk
  3. Bright green classic clog Crocs (comfortable to stand in all day)

Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.

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