Rolling remote with Shane Carrick

Shane is the director of programming for Make Life Skate Life, an organization that builds skateparks and develops grassroots skateboarding. With projects around the world, from Iraq to Myanmar to Bolivia, Shane spends a good chunk of time communicating with the teams on the ground and thinking ahead to the next project.

Shane shares what it’s like to work with skaters from around the world and how he draws the line between work and personal life by limiting email time.

Quick-fire profile

How many years have you worked remotely? 1 year

Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? In a coffee shop

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

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Shane meeting with representatives from other skate organizations in Cambodia | Submitted by Shane Carrick

Shane’s home office setup and decor

What type of desk do you use?

My kitchen table or a spot at my local coffee shop (favorite is Cimarron Coffee Roasters)

What type of chair do you use while at work?

When I’m at home, I either sit at the kitchen table or on a cushion on the floor (using my coffee table as a desk). I’m a yoga teacher too, so I buy into the idea of “sitting is the new smoking

What feature do you like most about your work?

I work with a lot of international people so I am always making new friends through work from all over the world.

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

My wife also works from home. It’s great most of the time, but we have to make sure we don’t spend too much time together!

Shane at work in his home | Submitted by Shane Carrick

Remote work pros and cons: Shane’s take

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

Pros: travel flexibility, better work-life balance

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

Working from home tips and tricks

What software technologies do you use on a regular basis?

Skype and GSuite

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

I make sure not to check my email more than four times a day and never before bed.

On site at a skate project in Amman, Jordan | Submitted by Shane Carrick

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

  1. My Skull Candy headphones
  2. Spotify
  3. My Yeti coffee mug

Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.

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