Role: Virtual Reality, Remote Conferencing
Location: Columbus, Georgia, United States
Connect: @lilyotron, lilyotron.blog
Remote Since: 2013
I have my desk in the living room. I like to be in the center of the apartment because it feels too claustrophobic to wake up in one room just to sit in another room. I have a calendar on the wall above my desk and post-it notes with ideas and To Dos posted on the wall too. On my desk is my laptop, a small cactus, and a small basket I wove as a kid that holds my pens. The guest room is my second work space where I go into virtual reality. I have an HTC Vive set up in that room. The base stations are diagonally from each other with a big, open space in between. That’s where I enter my virtual office, rumii (the name of the software the company I work at is developing).
Why I’m Remote Where I’m Remote
This is the second town that I’ve worked remotely in. The first one was Detroit, Michigan. I chose that city because my boyfriend was going to Med School there. Now we’re married and he’s in the army. The Army took us to Columbus, GA and it’ll soon move us again! Columbus has plenty of good, local coffee shops to work from when the apartment feels too cramped. There is also a long, paved river walk and lots of bike trails to take an active mid-day break.
Our whole company is distributed. We don’t actually have a main office! When we do meetup in person, we work out of coworking spaces like Cotiege Worklounge in Seattle, WA.
My Thoughts on Pets
I adopted a dog, Sugar, after my first year of working remotely. She’s a lab/dalmatian mix. I love having a dog because she adds energy to the apartment. She gives me a reason to get up and go outside. The only downside is that sometimes I have to board her if I need to travel for work.
For me, the biggest benefit to working from home is flexibility. I can choose where I want to work for the day and I can choose when I want to work (within reason). Another big bonus is that I don’t have to worry about what to wear or how my hair looks to get work done.
What Challenges Do Remote Workers Face?
Communication. It’s easy to get caught up in your own individual tasks. However, it’s important to reach out to team members and co-workers often. Our team uses online chat tools so we can always be in touch via computer, tablet, or cell.
My Best Remote Work Advice
Set a routine and stick to it every day. I found this very helpful when I first started out. I still set my alarm early to give myself time in the morning to myself before logging in. Take a lunch break away from your work space. When the day is done, turn off notifications and shut down the work computer. This way, you won’t burn out in case you feel the need to be available 24/7.
When I’m Not Working
I like to take coffee breaks during the day with my friends. My husband and I like to workout together after work and take Sugar for a nice, long walk.