Nichole is a therapist and certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, who runs her own business, Mindfulness Based Interventions. Working remotely allows her to travel to the communities and people she works with, making her services more accessible. When she’s not on the road, she works from her home office where she gets her fill of fur-baby love (she has two dogs and two cats).
Nichole shares how meditation, food prep, and limiting her social media time keeps her focused and productive. We’re guessing occasional puppy/kitty love helps too.
How many years have you worked remotely? 3 years
Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? Usually around three days from home and three days traveling to various communities
Are you most productive in the morning or at night? Early bird
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Nichole’s home office setup and decor
What type of chair do you use while at work?
Living room couch or a desk chair with as many pillows as I desire!
What features do you like most about your work space?
The views out the window, and all-day access to my furry friends (two dogs and two cats, who are never far away)
Do you share your work space with anyone? Tell us about them!
Oh yeah! My two dogs Rez and Sue, and two cats Monty and Ross. We have a tight pack, so if I’m working at home, my four fur buddies are in the same room 90 percent of the time, and the cats can often be found chilling on my lap or desk. I find this all distracting occasionally, but mostly comforting. It makes me appreciative of the opportunity to work from home so often.
Remote work pros and cons: Nichole’s take
What are the biggest pros and cons of remote work for you?
Pros: Better quality of life. I get to spend quality time with my partner and fur family, and I thrive on the amount of autonomy and decision making.
Cons: My partner thinking I’m not working when I am, figuring out the balance between work and down time at home, health insurance, and in my case, animal hair overload!
Working from home tips and tricks
What software technologies do you use on a regular basis?
What habits allows you to be more productive during the day?
Not looking at social media in the morning, meditating, and food prepping help me stay physically nourished and mentally sharp through the week.
What are the items you can’t live without while working remotely? (If you have a brand you love, please name them!)
- Microsoft Surface, it goes with me everywhere!
- My website on Offering Tree. It enables me to offer online scheduling, payment, and registration for classes–for free.
- My Patagonia bag. [Editor’s Note: Nichole doesn’t think the exact model is made anymore, but you can check out their bags here.]
- I rely on my practice management system, Simple Practice, regularly.
Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.
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