Not every remote worker stresses over WiFi and stares at a screen for 8+ hours a day. Nina intentionally eschews tech for a paper planner, handwritten to-do list, and a sketchbook to organize and run the business she co-owns with her significant other, Peter.
The duo dream up wearable art and home goods for their brand Minima-Maxima. Their collection of earrings, bolo ties, and necklaces start with a sketch or vision that’s executed using laser cutting and traditional wood and metal fabrication processes. Each item is handmade in small batches and is totally unique in look and design (we fell in love with the Art Deco Bolo Tie).
Below, Nina provides a look at remote work sans software and extensive computer work.
How many years have you worked remotely? 3 years
Where are you based? Chicago
Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? In my home office and occasionally at Cafe Mustache
Are you most productive in the morning or at night? Night owl
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Nina’s home office setup and decor
What type of desk and office chair do you use?
I use a standing desk, no chair required.
What features do you like most about your work space?
The sunny windows!
Remote work pros and cons: Nina’s take
What are the biggest pros and cons of remote work for you?
Pros: schedule flexibility, travel flexibility, more time from cutting your commute, less stressful work environment
Cons: worse work-life balance, feeling isolated/less connected with colleagues
Working from home tips and tricks
What software technologies do you use on a regular basis?
None! I use hand-written checklists and a planner.
What habits allow you to be more productive during the day?
I actually sleep in and this really helps me have a better work day. Contrary to popular opinion, early mornings are really painful for me and just don’t work. I am much more productive after getting enough sleep, then working later in the day. I also try to do the following:
- Keeping a clear goal in mind for the day and breaking it into steps
- Physically checking things off a list
- Not getting hangry + drinking lots of water
- Standing desk is a game changer
What are the 3 items you can’t live without while working remotely? (If you have a brand you love, please name them!)
- Water bottle
- Legal pad to jot down random ideas and keep them at bay
- Bluetooth headphones
Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.
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