Rolling remote with Hansa Devi

Hansa started her jewelry business, No Mind Mala, in 2009 when she started collecting handmade prayer beads (or malas) while traveling around India. When she moved back to the US, she launched her business from a 10 foot by 10 foot camper before upgrading to a tipi, then a yurt, and finally a brick-and-mortar workshop in a tiny Colorado town.

Through it all, No Mind Mala has been a constant; providing a level of focus and stability no matter where she’s in life. She makes each piece by hand, does custom orders (mainly via Instagram), and offers one-on-one consultations so she can choose gemstones that will boost and balance the individual.

A selection of malas | Submitted by Hansa Devi

Quick-fire profile

How many years have you worked remotely? Almost 10

Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? In a sacred nook that I create for myself. No matter where we are, where we live, or what the circumstance looks like, I create my own bubble from which I do my work.

Are you most productive in the morning or at night? Early bird

Coffee or tea? Tea–any kind, any day, any time!

Some of the tools needed to create No Mind Malas | Submitted by Hansa Devi

Hansa’s home office setup and decor

What type of desk do you use?

My work is usually spread out all over the floor on tapestries that I’ve brought back from India. Maybe one day I’ll have a giant table, but right now my little oasis is the nook I create for myself before beginning each work session.

What features do you like most about your work space?

I create a cocoon for myself to work within. No matter where I am, I keep it sacred, clean, and highly respected. Also, it needs to be flooded with natural light. I do some rituals before I begin, which set the ambiance for myself to step into.

I smudge the space, I light candles, and keep incense going throughout. If I am not in silence, I have hindustani music or chants on in the background, or I chant myself. Sometimes I listen to recorded satsangs while beading, but most often you’ll find me with tunes I can get swept away by, or in deep silence.

Do you share your work space with anyone? Tell us about them!

My furry friend Satya (a husky dog) and my husband Jyoti often come and join my beading sessions. Sometimes they help, sometimes they just like to watch.

The artist | Submitted by Hansa Devi

Remote work pros and cons: Hansa’s take

What are the biggest pros and cons of remote work for you?

The work-life balance can be both a pro and a con. The level of discipline to keep the two apart is needed to stay balanced, but it is hard to apply at times. Especially if your workspace is in your home.

To have boundaries is healthy for everyone involved, even your spouse benefits from you having boundaries with your work.

Focus and natural light are two essentials to Hansa’s work | Submitted by Hansa Devi

Working from home tips and tricks

What habit allows you to be more productive during the day?

Getting up early, making space for my morning routine, and getting outside on breaks throughout the day.

Having a limited amount of time for a project also makes me more productive for some reason–hence taking many breaks throughout the day. So, to know what time frame I have to work within helps, then I consciously let go of time and sit with the project until it is completed. I like to make a piece from beginning to end; there is a certain peace that comes with that.

What are the 3 items you can’t live without while working remotely? (If you have a brand you love, please name them!)

  1. Laptop
  2. iPhone (I NEVER thought I’d say that, but it’s the truth)
  3. Certain elements are needed: calm, peacefulness, lots of natural light

Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.

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