Telecommuting is becoming more common today, with many technical authors (self-employed) working from home full time. I'm being asked how I work quite often, so it's lean.
I often think that when people ask "how I do it" they ask a few different things. For those, they want to know how to get into a career where you work from home. I can understand the appeal, but I can also say that working from home is not a joke. It's not as fun as you think, because you have no separation between work and home and you have to be focused .
This leads to the second I think people want to know ̵
I've been working from home for almost a decade now, and during that time I've been constantly trying to adjust my workflow for maximum productivity. Here's a look at what I do, the products I use to get things done, and some other things I do to be productive.
I'm Cameron Summerson, News Editor for How-To Geek and Review Geek. How I work here.
My home office: Mullet of Workspaces
My productivity "travel" begins at my home office. If there's one thing I've learned about working from home, it's a dedicated work space, an absolute must share your work space with the living room or the bedroom is just not fun (and I say it from experience).
Technically, My workspace is still a shared space, but I share it with my hobbies instead of other people. Half is for work and the other half for fun-hence the "lower edge of work surfaces". Heh. The front half of my office keeps the desk, along with all the other things I use for work TV, device charging station and all that is well held together.
On the back you will find my hobby items: bikes and guitars. When I work, my back is on these things, so it does not give much for even though I've found that a break is hugely beneficial when the focus is hard to find. For example, if I've been overwhelmingly busy one morning and it's a break of the day, I'm doing my bike training and fitting into training. Nothing cleans my head faster than grueling work, and my productivity shrinks as a result.
Oh yes, that's the second thing for my office: it's also my "pain cave" (as it's known in the bicycle world). I'm keeping my bikes here for the exact reason. When it's time to meet a training session (call out to TrainerRoad!), What bike I'm training then is ready for the coach. It is the only area where the distance between work and game overlaps a bit where space is touched. The TV works threefold right now: it's connected to the computer as a third monitor when I need it, Netflix works while I'm killing myself on the coach, and also acts as my streaming TV boxhub for testing.
I & # 39; I'm working on arranging the office in a way that separates my workouts and workspaces, but for now it's the central area of overlap in space and the event. I have a plan for the future, but it will require a little remodeling, so it's currently on backburner.
Aside from a work surface and pain cave, my home office is also my cavity. I play guitar, and because my office is on the other side of the house from everything else, I'm free to turn the volume here without really disturbing anyone. My wife can watch tv in our bedroom while I play and she does not even notice. It's supernatural.
I usually jelly in the evening, but I use guitar as a temporary distraction during the day if I have difficulty focusing and do not have time to work out. So I'm taking a guitar and spending 10-15 rocking out, which is good for clearing my mind so I can quickly focus again.
While all this helps me recover the focus when I need it, my productivity comes down to devices and how I use them.
My devices: All for work, all for gaming
When I try to keep a distinction between work and games in my office, my units are fair games for anything – it's not meaningful to have an iPad for games and another for reading. It's just stupid.
Here is a brief summary of each device that I use daily:
- My Desktop : This is my work horse. It's a few years old but it still works as my primary work device. It has a 4th generation Intel i7 4770K (Haswell) @ 3.5GHz, 16GB RAM, a 500GB SSD, 2TB WD HD and GTX 980. A pair of Dell U2414H 1080p screens round it out but TV works also as a third screen. I'm playing with the idea of getting rid of the dual screens and moving a single ultraviolet, but I do not do anything yet.
- iPhone XR: My headphone. I am an Android user for a long time and while I have transported an iPhone 8 as my second phone for several months, it's the first time I used one as my daily driver. I'll eventually go back to Android as my primary phone, but at the moment I'm enjoying XR. It's a great phone that feels like a massive upgrade from 8.
- Samsung Galaxy S9: My secondary phone. I used a Pixel 2 XL as my primary phone for about nine of the last twelve months, but the USB port went out and it is not possible to claim the warranty right now. The S9 has been rock-fast because I've got it anyway, and I like to use it as my other phone. When I get my P2XL back, it will probably be my second phone.
- Apple Watch Series 3: My main (and only) smartwatch. I use it mostly for weather and time in brief, as well as quick access to messages. I also use it to track tracks.
- iPad (2018): I've recently been here, but I'm not sure how I lived without it. It's my sleeper and passive work device, but also handles TrainerRoad tasks when I work out.
- Pixelbook: I'm a big Chrome OS fan, and Pixelbook is my main laptop. It's the base model Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage – but it's an absolute rocket to use. It's flaming fast and never leaves me who want it. I drive it on the developmental channel because I like to live on the bleeding edge.
- Google Home: I have a home in the kitchen, a home office in the office and a third hemmini in the bedroom. We usually use these for simple things, ask questions, set hours, listen to music / podcasts and control the tones.
- SHIELD Android TV: I have two of these and they are my go-to streamers.