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Bridget Community Manager Mar 18, 2020

Hi Community! 

I hope everyone out there is staying safe, healthy, and productive. As many of you know or are finding out, when working remotely full time, it's crucial to create and optimize a workspace that is (probably) not your bed or your couch ;). 

So, we'd love to see a photo of your remote work setup - whether it be your two monitors on the kitchen table, cozy makeshift desk in a corner, or fancy-schmancy home office. Extra points for animals sitting on/near keyboards. Hopefully, we can all gain some inspiration and/or joy by sharing our new "corner office" digs. 

Heres' mine!

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I can't actually work from home but I've been sent home none the less. #vacationtime  :(   I'm able to do some online training though and still get paid for that.  I'm not yet good at working from home.  I don't know what it's like to be on my home computer when it's daylight out.  

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The cat is here as too...  20200318_120808.jpg

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

Cats are the best help

Antonio Ferruz Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020 • edited

My brand new work space setup... for the following weeks  ... Groot and Rocket guide me :) 

Messy but productive & efficient

#Spain:  #YoMeQuedoEnCasa | #StaySafe | #RemoteWork 

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scott_boisvert Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

Here's my lovely work from home office.home.jpg

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Damn!  You're a pro!

Davin_Studer Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

Wow! That's a big monitor.

scott_boisvert Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

@Davin_Studer it's only 32 inches ultra wide screen...lol

Fadoua Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

That looks like an aquarium @scott_boisvert 🤪. I like your fancy monitor

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Its not much, but its temporarily home. I really wish I had space for another screen. 

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

It's pretty dang good for a temporary home.

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Davin_Studer Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020 • edited

I have now been working from home for a grand total of 2 days. Not my favorite thing in the world, but here is my new setup. It's a pretty decent view though and at least I have a window now!

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Fadoua Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

I love it  @Davin Studer !

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

Lovely spot

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Teodora__Botron_ Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

The view is so nice

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LarryBrock Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

Window office - woohoo!! :-D

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Davin_Studer Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

@LarryBrock  Yeah, I've had a frosted over skylight for the last 10 years so that part is certainly an improvement.

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Mikael_Sandberg Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

Here's my home office...

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The Funko collection (Prince and Mr Rogers) is my wife's.

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Brian_Jones Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020 • edited

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The temporary office in my "shed".  Need some bigger monitors to match those others ones in this thread, i feel inadequate. 

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

That is a nice layout there that looks comfy. Bigger monitors; yes. I went with a 32" 4k (they really aren't all that expensive) and love it.

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Asik Ikbol I'm New Here Saturday
So much I really want don't
Matt_Doar__LinkedIn_ Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

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A few people may have already seen that I've delegated my work for now.

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

People can always tell when I do that. Quality of work goes up.

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Bridget Community Manager Mar 19, 2020

Getting purrfect marks now, @Matt Doar ?

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

I worked remotely for 6 yrs solid in previous life and sporadically in this one when I needed to get some serious concentration in. This is my environment:

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It's all fed by a VLAN'd and gatewayed Unifi network with dual ISPs. A nice comfy place to work.

Of those that might help, it could be any of these (seen here behind a tinted window having a hummingbird feeder on it with said hummingbird not realizing he is inches away from kitty death)

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And they all do help, although the big black one spends rather more time asleep on the couch rather than helping

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BiancaE Atlassian Team Mar 18, 2020

omg these kitties 😻

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Bird meal, followed by fish snack, by the looks of it.

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

There is a reason there is a brick on top of the tank cover. I was fortunate. I was nearby when I heard the crash of said cover hitting the floor pre-brick.

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Mandy_Ross Community Manager Mar 18, 2020

all the cats! cats own remote work(ers).

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Jimmy_Seddon Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

I've shared some of these already but why not again.  Here's my desk setup, it functions as both a work desk during the day and a gaming/streaming setup at night:

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While I'm working during the day, I have a faithful companion that sleeps by my side on the couch behind me:

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Our little one who was at daycare until recently seems to be adjusting well to being at home all day:

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Our other dog is still determined to catch that rabbit he's been chasing around the yard all week:

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Funnily enough, my daughter is in the exact same position. Enjoying too much Peppa Pig while Mummy works.

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

My cats go outside for supervised visits in the back yard and are trained to go in when we tell them to. When I see them doing similar to your rabbit chaser, it's almost always a lizard. They often catch them.....

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Mandy_Ross Community Manager Mar 19, 2020

@Mike_Rathwell I have 4 cats and one of them exclusively catches lizards and little snakes! How do I explain that I need her to focus on mice and voles?!?

Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

All of mine catch lizards, @Mandy_Ross . In SoCal there are rather a lot of them running about on the regular, especially on sunny days. So far, they haven't turned up any mice in the back yard during their supervised outings.

Billy_Poggi_AUG_NOVA__DC Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

Screenshot 2020-03-18 18.34.12.pngGotta do it live! 

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I've been working from home since the start of the week but this setup has been a WIP for a number of years.

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Matt_Doar__LinkedIn_ Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

keyboard.jpgNice keyboard. I've been using Goldtouch "gull wings" for about 20 years now. Saved my wrists

Note the distracting chocolate box used as a monitor support

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

I almost went Ergodox for a split keyboard but I was afraid that transition between that and a "normal" keyboard would be tough. As it is, the 75 key ortholinear I have works great, not too hard to move back and forth from it to traditional. I get some split by putting my navigation keys in the middle. Please excuse the ugly keycaps until I get a nice set. These work. Since I will have to go largely custom, want to make sure I really like 'em. However a set of these with the required others is my current favorite.

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Yeah - I found myself getting wrist pain after long programming sessions.  I tried an Ergodox for a short period of time but just couldn't get used to the missing keys and layer based editing.  Settled on a UHK and haven't looked back.  I'm not sure how you use the Goldtouch for long periods without wrist wrests though!

I've been working remotely for most of the past 15 years. Right now I live on top of a hill at the end of a private road, so this whole "shelter in place" thing is basically my life anyway. My advice:

Lots of plants, cats and dogs in my office are essential to my well being as a remote worker. 

Also key:

  • An essential oil diffuser
  • Spotify's Feel Good music playlists
  • A comfy ergonomic chair
  • Regular walks (dogs ensure this!)
  • An adjustable standing/sitting desk
  • Take a real lunch break instead of cramming food in your face while you work, even if just 20 min
  • Get dressed every day (pajamas don't count as dressed)
  • Talk to someone who doesn't live with you every day (not about work!)

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

Tuxedo cats rule. Mine opens  doors. All the doors.

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Fadoua Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

I love your office setting @Mandy_Ross !

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Mandy_Ross Community Manager Mar 19, 2020

@Mike_Rathwell Max (handsome tuxedo-clad gentleman above) has also figured out how to open anything without a latch, like cabinet or armoire doors. I keep finding all these secret nests he's created! 

Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

In my case, @Mandy_Ross it includes those with latches. All the doors in the house have lever handles. He jumps up and opens them. I have had to add bathroom style locks to laundry room, closets, etc. to keep him out.

Mandy_Ross Community Manager Mar 19, 2020

@Mike_Rathwell those are some next level cat skills!!

Fadoua Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

Here is mine

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

That looks very comfortable and peaceful

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Mandy_Ross Community Manager Mar 19, 2020

love the papasan chair! I think it's important to have somewhere to curl up if you need to read, or do deep thinking, or focused writing. 

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Fadoua Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

Unfortunately who ever in my place wants to vent enjoys it which distracts me. You are totally right it is good for reading time @Mandy_Ross 

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Ollie_Guan Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

As an administrator of the Confluence Data Center,remote work has increased Confluence's usage, the second week of March ushered in more than 80,000 page views per day.

Now, I need to take a break^_^

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Teodora__Botron_ Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 18, 2020

My "work" station looks pretty cozy at 6:30 AM. I needed to get a chair from the office because the main issue at home is staying comfortable while working. Now I’m actually enjoying it, reduced noise and meeting are just my type of things :)

I miss my fluffy Grumpy Cat, who is living on my office desk, so here is my "Grumpy Me" to cheer me up.

 

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

That looks very pleasant indeed. Too bad you don't have your grumpy cat, however. Perhaps you have the same freedoms as we do? After our office went "by choice" to WFH and then "it's closed", it still has at least one human there to allow access to go get stuff that might be wanted at home in case (when) this turns into a long haul remote.

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Teodora__Botron_ Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 20, 2020

Yes, we do have the option to get what we want from the office after requesting access. With 27' monitor and a good chair nothing can go wrong (well except the wifi :D)

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Dominic_Lagger Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

Hi everybody.

This is great! In our company, we have the same "homeoffice challenge" :) 

With all that social distancing, it feels cool to see all the homes and brings us a little bit closer! 

Here is my workplace. In fact, it changes almost every day. Sometime i work from the balcony or from the living room :) 

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Thomas_Schlegel Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

This is my workplace at the moment. My Co-Worker's sleeping all the time :-)

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LarryBrock Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

Love the veiw!

FUN_MAN_ANDY Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

Here is my remote work set-up... as viewed by my computer screen..... #TrueStory

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Teodora__Botron_ Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

#allthesadpandas

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We've been confined to working from home. Here's my workspace. Sorry, not pets, just Hank the Office Tyrannosaurus with a message for everyone ;)

 

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

Looks like a pleasant place to work

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Thank you!

I should have brought my wireless keyboard and mouse from the office. I am not so pleased with the cable situation.

Thomas_Schlegel Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 20, 2020

Ah, Werder-Fan :-)

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Best club ever :-)

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Scott_Theus Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020 • edited

Milo 3.jpgMoe.jpgIn the morning I work at the desk in the dining room my wife uses for her stuff. I go to my office after the family wakes up and comes downstairs. 

I learned that if I put a cat bed cover next to me they will settle on it and not attack my fingers while I'm typing. 

This is Moe, and you've seen Milo. 

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

I did basically the same thing with the cat bed... I have room behind my monitor (on an arm) and put a couple of cat beds behind it. Usually occupied when I am working and only occasional helped by a cat batting at the mouse pointer on the screen.

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Bridget Community Manager Mar 19, 2020

Working hard or hardly working! 

Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

They are very hard workers. In the middle of the night.

LarryBrock Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020 • edited

Well, it took several hours and two different computers plus an iPad to get this picture here but it's finally posted.

I've been working remotely in various quantities including sometimes (pager/off-hour support), part time, and full time for many years at my "day job".  Then there are the countless hours I've spent working on my own projects including various coin mining setups, a "rack of Pi's" micro-compute cluster, and a multitude of server install/configs for improving my craft. Oh, there also the household Plex server and network attached storage stashed underneath. 

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Setup:  54"x24" upper tabletop for monitors, desk toys, etc.  48"x24" lower sliding keyboard-height shelf for keyboards, mice/trackballs, papers, etc.  Like several others, I have a window nearby so I can see outside and enjoy the ambient light.  Said light played havoc with this photo. :slightly_smiling_face:

This configuration has served me well for ~20 years with only materials improvements along the way as we've upgraded flooring, furniture, etc. but the configuration has not changed.  The most recent addition is motorized legs to make it adjustable to stand-up height (thank you Praecipio Consulting wellness stipend :slightly_smiling_face: ) and the donation of one of the pair of 29" monitors to my younger daughter who finished her Masters degree and moved back in while looking for a job.  Thinking of replacing the monitors with a 46-55" curved screen UHD-TV - woohoo!!

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

I hope you find a way to get that image in there. That sounds stellar :P

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LarryBrock Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 19, 2020

Trying via ipad now.

Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 20, 2020

That spot looks great AND a window right beside you.

My Setup:

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Had to improvise a little on monitor stands. Home phone on the wall, VPN phone to office on the desk. with a bluetooth headset connected to it. And the fidget spinner, for those long conference calls.

Did force me to clean up my desk. You should have seen it before.

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Best investment of my life - spent $500 to buy a desk that has a mechanism to raise up/down.

 

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Very nice, I will surely buy that table when have a chance

Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 23, 2020

That is a very nice desk. Mine is shaped rather like that (which I like a lot) but doesn't have the fancy uppy downy legs.

My temporary setup looks like this.

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This is, indeed, improvised. Most interesting fact is that for some special task a setup with two monitors (24" each) is absolutely useful!
The monitors are what I consider missing the most in the current situation by technically means.

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 23, 2020

One of the most minimalist zen-like workstations I have seen yet.

I'm a fully-remotely software engineer for more than a year now, this is my workplace from home, very messy haha :

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Mike_Rathwell Fancyface McSparklypants Mar 23, 2020

Very pleasant indeed... With the many that have been remote and add those that ARE remote that might decide they really like it, I wonder how hard it'll be to stuff that WFH genie back in the bottle.

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