Rolling remote with Megan Kujawa

Megan is the head of marketing at No Desk Project, a program that takes remote professionals out of the 9-to-5 grind by immersing them in work and travel experiences in places like Bali, India, and Argentina. In addition to setting up housing and a workspace, each trip has a theme–so you can focus on volunteer work in Kolkata or learn Muay Thai in Thailand.

Megan works from Dayton, Ohio, spreading the word about No Desk Project. In addition to working remotely, she’s also a full-time online student. Her secret to remaining focused? Working from coffee shops and coworking spaces as much as possible.

Quick-fire profile

How many years have you worked remotely? 1 year

Where are you based? Dayton, Ohio

Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? In a coffee shop. I also work from Dayton’s Nucleus coworking space.

Are you most productive? Afternoon

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Megan gets set up at her local coworking space | Submitted by Megan Kujawa

Megan’s home office setup and decor

What features do you like most about your work space?

Well, the fact that I get to have my two dogs next to me while I’m working from home is a pretty great perk. But, I’d say my favorite thing would be that I have a cute little set up and get to look out at the city from my desk.

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

Furry friends!!! I have two Australian shepherds–Max and Leo.

Remote work pros and cons: Megan’s take

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

Pros: better work-life balance, more time from cutting your commute, better work culture, less stressful work environment

Cons: struggles with clear communication, feeling isolated/less connected with colleagues, less focus

Megan takes a cue from the No Desk Project and clocks in from the beach in Ecuador. | Submitted by Megan Kujawa

Working from home tips and tricks

What software technologies do you use on a regular basis?

Slack and GSuite

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

I always try to work from somewhere other than my house–it just makes me more focused and likely to get work done. If I work from home, I get distracted too easily.

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

  1. Macbook Pro
  2. LaCie 2TB Portable Hard Drive
  3. And of course, a good set of headphones! I like in-ear head phones, my favorite being Apple AirPods, but I’m not too picky!

Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.

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