Rolling remote with Julia Mullaney

Julia writes about health, fitness, culture, and entertainment for The Cheat Sheet. But once she signs off for the day, her creativity doesn’t stop. She’s a food writer and runs, a site where she shares original, simple recipes that she started curating in college. Julia also wrote a cookbook geared toward millennial men.

Below, Julia tells us how working remotely bought her more time (and more sun) and shares a link to a bamboo mini table that we can’t stop ogling.

Quick-fire profile:

How many years have you worked remotely? 1 year

Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? In my home office

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

Mac or Windows? Mac

Coffee or tea? Starbucks’ hot caramel macchiato–I’m not a coffee fan, so I need something super sweet that still has caffeine!

Julia’s pink plush chair and artisanal olive oils give her work space a personalized, feminine feel. Then there’s all that natural light… | Submitted by Julia Mullaney

Julia’s home office setup and decor

What type of chair do you use while at work?

This amazing, plush chair from Target. (Editor’s note: The chair is no longer available online, but we fell in love with this similar-style chair.)

What features do you like most about your home office or workspace?

My desk is located directly in front of a window, and the natural light is amazing. Before I worked from home, I used to get out of the office around 5 p.m. during the winter and it would already be completely dark. Having a window in front of my desk means I get natural light all day! Plus, when the weather is nice, I open it for a cool breeze. That’s definitely the best part of not being in a stuffy office building.

I also keep artisan olive oils on my desk, which might not be brag-worthy, but it’s a random/fun piece of decor that makes my space a little more unique.

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

I’m only 23, so I still live with my parents, and we all know how that can be! But my personal work space is in my room, so throughout the day, I don’t have to see anyone if I don’t want to.

Remote work pros and cons: Julia’s take

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

I used to commute from New Jersey to Manhattan five days a week–it was a nightmare. Then I took a job in New Jersey, but with traffic it took an hour each way. Not having to commute on rainy or cold days is amazing.
My company has an amazing work culture, but there’s something about grabbing lunch with coworkers or walking over to a person’s desk that I definitely miss.
Sometimes your home-office details make all the difference. | Submitted by Julia Mullaney

Working from home tips and tricks

What habit allows you to be more productive in your day?

Setting a routine is the biggest thing for me. I wake up at 7:30 a.m. every morning, give myself 30 minutes to dust off the cobwebs in my brain, then log on to work at 8 a.m. If I start early, I do well throughout the day.

If I’m having trouble focusing, I force myself to go to a coffee shop–I tend to get less distracted there.

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

  1. This portable router that travels anywhere.
  2. My Vera Bradley padded laptop case.
  3. This amazing laptop mini desk made out of bamboo.

Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.

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