As a fully remote marketing manager for The Cheat Sheet, Bridget doesn’t stay in one place for long. Whether she’s hopping from her home office to a nearby Panera Bread or trading the cold of upstate NY for the sun of Orlando, FL, Bridget takes advantage of her flexible work from home lifestyle.
Below she shares her favorite Buffalo coffee shop and the home office setup that keeps her balanced.
How many years have you worked remotely? 2 years
Where are you based? Binghamton, NY
Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? I spend the most time in my home office, but I also travel a lot. You can frequently find me working poolside at my brother’s house in Orlando or at a coffee shop in my hometown of Buffalo, NY (I love SPoT Coffee).
Are you most productive in the morning or at night? Early bird
Mac or Windows? Windows
Coffee or tea? Tea
Bridget’s home office setup and decor
What type of desk and chair do you use while at work?
I have an old writing table from Target that I’ve had for probably 11 years. I love how big it is because I never feel cramped. I use an old leather and wood office chair that I found in my parents’ warehouse.
What features do you like most about your home office or workspace?
I have a large wooden window frame hanging on the wall in front of me that I’ve been decking out with photo cards. In my house there isn’t a desk space in front of an actual window so I decided to create one! I like that when I look up I can see all the beautiful places and buildings that I love.
Remote work pros and cons: Bridget’s take
What are the pros and cons of remote work for you?
Location flexibility! If the work environment I’m in is feeling stale, I can pack up and go somewhere else. Cons? Feeling isolated and less connected with colleagues.
Working from home tips and tricks
What habit allows you to be more productive in your day?
Planning out my workday ahead of time helps me stay on track. In the morning I try to asses what I have to get done that day and what projects I’m working on that week, then I make a loose outline of what I’m going to work on and in what order. I’m not overly rigid about it, because I like to leave myself the flexibility to change focus or rearrange tasks if I need to.
What are the top 3 items you can’t live without while working remotely? (If you have a brand you love, please name them!)
- Speakers and/or headphones: I find that putting on a playlist with an upbeat tempo can be really helpful when I need to focus and power through a project. I have a Logitech sound system that I can plug into my laptop and stream Spotify.
- Logitech wireless mouse and keyboard: A laptop can be restrictive because it’s self-contained, so having the external mouse and keyboard allows me to prop my laptop up on a box to improvise a standing desk and not have to hold my arms up awkwardly to type and navigate.
- Candles: Recently I’ve gotten into burning a candle while I’m working at my desk. Different scents can help balance me in different ways and blowing out the candle at the end of my workday is a nice ritual to symbolize transitioning back into my home life.
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