Rolling remote with Pablo Varela

Pablo works for Sourcefabric, a nonprofit that develops software for independent news organizations, from his home office in Spain. His main job is working on the frontend of Sourcefabric’s Superdesk app, a newsroom tool that manages the journalistic process.

Pablo works mainly from his home office, but when he works somewhere else or travels, he likes to pack light. “When I get out of my home office I notice what little equipment I need to work. A laptop and nothing else,” he says. To make sure he can work from anywhere, he brings his phone–with a good data plan–for reliable Wi-Fi anywhere in the EU.

Quick-fire profile

How many years have you worked remotely? 2 years

Where are you based? Pontevedra, Spain

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

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Pablo’s cush home office | Submitted by Pablo Varela

Pablo’s home office setup and decor

What type of desk and chair do you use while at work?

Traditional sitting desk and a Maxnomic chair

What features do you like most about your work space?

When I think of something, I can do it immediately. I love every tool I use.

Remote work pros and cons: Pablo’s take

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

Pros: schedule flexibility, travel flexibility, more focus, better work-life balance, more time from cutting your commute, better work culture, less stressful work environment, fewer transportation/work expenses

Cons: struggles with clear communication, feeling isolated/less connected with colleagues, worse work culture, more personal office/tech expenses

Working from home tips and tricks

What software technologies do you use on a regular basis?

AtlassianSlack, GSuite, Linux

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

Waking up early because I want to, not because I have to. Not using my phone.

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

  1. Laptop (using Linux/Mac for development)
  2. Audio Technica headphones
  3. When I travel, I always take my Bose QuietComfort 35 II, which are great for noise cancellation
  4. Notebook

Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.

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