Quiet! I love working from home because it’s quiet. Oddly enough, though, the hum and loudness of a cafe are also helpful because it’s so loud that I can tune it all out.
It’s the middle bit— idle chatter from people beside you—that really distracts me.
The other thing is that working from home gives me access to my kitchen, which means that I can keep my food costs down and make whatever cool things I want.
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So I don’t have a dedicated space in my room where I call “my workspace.” Of course, there’s a table and chair, but I work anywhere in my room.
Thing is, I started remote working without knowing anything about the field and didn’t even know that what I was doing was called remote work. Thus, from the get-go, I have always been my own motivation.
Once I wake up and realize I have something to do, I go get it. Of course, there are tough days, but generally, my room reminds me of what I have to do every single day.
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Normally I work from places that inspire me and allow me to stay focused for long periods of time. Since my work is rather diverse, I tend to work from different places at different times - that is, when there’s no pandemic.
Usually, I work from nice cafés with beautiful views that also allows me to plug in my computer since I tend to stay in the same café for the whole day. In colder temperatures, I sometimes work from hotel lobbies—some franchises designed their interiors with remote workers in mind. Working from hotel lobbies is great as you always have access to good coffee and you can get much better food than most cafés.
If I have a day that involves lots of meetings, I sometimes work from coworking cafés or rent a conference room in a hotel. It does mean paying a little extra but being able to work in an environment that keeps me productive is really worth it.
Nature mixed with a little bit of comfort is all I need to be productive.
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Since I work remotely, based in Rio de Janeiro much of the year, air conditioning helps my productivity significantly.
If we were meant to stay in one place, we would have roots instead of feet. - Rachel Wolchin, entrepreneur
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My home workspace is usually my desk (which is in my bedroom), but I think it's the simple things that help me stay productive: having my water bottle at all times (hydration is super underappreciated), two coffees per day, a clear desk to work on, and a window above my laptop with natural light pouring into the room all day.
Looking up from my laptop to see grass and trees doesn't sound like much, but it's a mood-booster for me.
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It’s a combination of the right lighting, room temperature, and limited distractions— a great setup for writing. But when I’m not working on an article, it can get too quiet, and I need to be around people to feed off the energy around.
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My workspace needs to be clear, and it needs to be quiet.
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It helps when a space has the right vibes and gives off good energy. This reason is why I always look for a solid workspace when I arrive in a new city/county. But to be honest, I am not always in a productive mood every day.
Some days, I just want to finish the work and close some deals and go back to bed.
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I love coffee shops as much as I love working from co-working spaces. If I don’t have a lot of conference calls (I almost exclusively take calls instead of in-person meetings if I can avoid), I like to sit, work and change scenery to different coffeeshops.
In my opinion, being around a crowd creates more inspiration and, weirdly, more focus.
I stay in my co-working space desks longer hours if I’m working on hands-on engineering or design work with my teammates.
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