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Get a separate office space/computer, that you only use for working. The kids aren't allowed in there. You aren't allowed to use that space for gaming or web surfing. Get a program or a script to clock yourself in and out - if you want to take a break or hang out with your kids, clock out. Having to purposefully switch modes makes it easier to stay in ...


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There are three key factors that affect the quality of your working environment; the physical setup of the space itself, distractions, and interruptions. Physical setup. The ideal space should be comfortable, ergonomic, and adequately lit and ventilated. If it's uncomfortable (too hot/cold, cramped, poorly laid out), you won't enjoy working there. If you ...


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What about a pair of headphones? Nothing says that you have to play music in them. :)


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From my experience the noise-cancelling headphones will not work for longer periods. I know you said about music and that you concentrate on it instead. In my experience it is about a choice of the music. There are a few points to consider. I found that the music needs to be instrumental, not vocal. If there is any vocal at least it must be in a language ...


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As mentioned by other responders, it turns out that using a standing desk isn't necessarily a perfect solution. In this amazing article on Life Hacker about this topic, they mention the trade-offs being: It dramatically increases the risks of carotid atherosclerosis (ninefold) because of the additional load on the circulatory system, and it also ...


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I have never used most of these solutions. But I have done a bit of research on the topic in the past so I thought I would share a list of options. For web/video chat most of these are designed for teams (meaning the rooms are not open to the public) but if you find someone else who also works from home you might still find them useful. Sqwiggle I have ...


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You may consider going chairless, and set up a standing desk. The previous link describes the experience of someone who used one for one year, listing the advantages and drawbacks of her experience. I am personally trying this since a couple of weeks, mostly a positive experience for now, but I don't spend 8 hours in front of a desk every day. Also, ...


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I have a standing/sitting desk at work and really like it. As the other posters have mentioned, ensuring it is both standing and sitting is important, not only from a health perspective but because you'll likely get tired of standing at some point and need to sit down. I find that when I get my afternoon slump an hour or so after lunch, standing helps to ...


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This is essentially a legal question concerning customer relationship. Some documents may have legal provision whereas others may be described in the purchase contract. This answer assumes you are from the United States but keep in mind laws changes frequently and this answer should not be used as legal reference. Is my digitized warranty valid? You ...


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I personally feel comfortable only when I'm excited about what I'm doing. If I'm not excited about what I'm doing, I can have the best chair in the world and it won't do much for my productivity. Conclusion: emotions and motivation / mindset are the fuel of my productivity, not ergonomic chairs / monitors / etc. I don't think 'things' will help your ...


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From the female perspective, it seems that it is harder to separate work from home when you work at home. Maybe because most of us are socialized to pick up that mess, or do that laundry we see that needs to be done or wash those dishes the kids just left in the sink. And many women stay home and work from home when the kids are sick. My advice is to be even ...


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For tuning out noise, you have to figure it out. Noise canceling headphones, background noise, etc. I find people who want to talk to you more interesting to solve because it involves other people. I actually have a "do not disturb" sign at work. It's not up much, but the few hours a week it is, people leave me alone and let me focus! My sign actually ...


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I've tried listening to podcasts at work... can't do it, I can't pay attention to what's being said unless I stop working. I tried listening to them at the gym and it's the same thing - narrow focus of attention. If I'm doing something I like to be doing it well. But I do listen to music, I use music to affect me while I work, just as much as when I'm at ...


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My approach is that everything that could possibly be used in future gets scanned and sent to evernote. I put the physical piece of paper into a box marked (for the sake of argument) 'Archive Jan' and the Evernote files are placed in a folder marked 'Archive Jan'. At the end of the month I ship the box to my family home for storage (you could just put it ...


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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serenity_Prayer That, and headphones, with or without music.


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I work at a standing desk 8-12 hours a day but walking on a treadmill. I have no chair. I find standing still very uncomfortable but walking about 2-2.5mph painless. Negatives: Probably wouldn't be approved in an office environment (I work at home), expensive if not a diy'er. Positives: Posture improving, no more neck or back pain, weight finally under ...


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There is an element of truth in what @Tool says - the environment is not likely to be the key factor in making you productive. That said, it is certainly an enabler: you don't want your setup to hinder your work, and you also don't want it to make you lethargic. Mentally it is better to have your bed reserved for sleeping, and an office space for working - ...


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I have been through a lot of chairs and setups over the years. I first needed a special setup 20 years ago with a touch of RSI in the wrists. A drop-down keyboard tray fixed that but it taught some valuable lessons. Since then I've adopted the following practices: When there's a desk, a good solid keyboard tray is important like the ones from Versa. ...


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I used to run different user accounts for each project, but now I just use folders, and archive the projects I have completed. I wouldn't dual-boot or run virtual machines, eventually you will get lost in all of it when you take on more projects.


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I don't have the luxury of a separate space, I find the following helps: Take short breaks with the family. I believe one should take regular breaks anyway. Make a coffee and spend a little quality time with family. A Good Chair. If I'm not confortable then I'm always wanting to walk around - and then it's hard for others to appreciate I'm still ...



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