Dave works in user experience design (UX design) and product management, but he also has a wife and kids. To maintain focus and a separation of work and personal life, Dave fixed up a stand-alone building behind his home and made his own sitting and standing desk (because if you haven’t heard, sitting is the new smoking).
Having a separate workspace allows Dave to give every job his complete focus, while still making time for his family. Lunch together is a given, and the occasional dance party is a welcome distraction.
How many years have you worked remotely? 7 years
Where are you based? Indiana
Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? In my home office
Coffee or tea? Neither. Water.
Dave’s home office setup and decor
What type of desk do you use?
DIY whiteboard sitting desk and standing desk
What type of chair do you use while at work?
When I sit, I use a simple swivel chair with a hard back. When I stand, I use my DIY balance board.
What features do you like most about your work space?
My office is a stand-alone 7 foot by 10 foot building off the back of my home. I finished the interior myself, built the desks, and ran the ethernet cable for a fast, hard-wired, and reliable internet connection.
It’s cozy and the windows pour in natural light even on cloudy days. When it’s dark, I’ve got a nice backlit Thunderbolt monitor that maintains a nice subtle glow for working into the night. My sitting desk is 3 1/2 feet by 6 feet with a whiteboard surface for quick sketches. My standing desk sits opposite the sitting desk and has a separate external monitor that I can move my MacBook to.
Do you share your work space with anyone? Tell us about them!
On occasion I bring my kids in my office for dance parties, or for a place to sit and enjoy some screen time.
Remote work pros and cons: Dave’s take
What are the biggest pros and cons of remote work for you?
Pros: Schedule flexibility, travel flexibility, more focus, better work-life balance, more time from cutting your commute
Cons: Feeling isolated/less connected with colleagues, struggles with clear communication
Working from home tips and tricks
What software technologies do you use on a regular basis?
What habits allow you to be more productive during the day?
What are the 3 items you can’t live without while working remotely? (If you have a brand you love, please name them!)
Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.
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