A few months ago, my co-worker Emily shared an inside look into her life as a location-independent Forge3’er. Now it’s my turn!
When I first started working at Forge3, I didn’t know if I would thrive in a location-independent environment. I was afraid it would make me anti-social or disconnected from my team.
After working at Forge3 for a few months, I quickly learned that this was not the case. In fact, it was pretty much the opposite!
Each Forge3 team member works a little bit differently, but with a combination of diligence, commitment and passion, we’re all able to make a remote work culture possible for Forge3.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how I do it…
Before I break down a week in my life as a location-independent Forge3’er, I think it’s important for you to get an inside look into my favorite work environments and the tools that make remote work a bit simpler for me.
- Technology I use: Macbook Pro (2017), MacBook Pro (2013), LG 4K Monitor
- My favorite place to work: My deck, desk or standing at my kitchen counter
- My typical work schedule: Start work around 8:30AM, coffee break around 10:00AM, work until around 2:00PM, take a quick lunch and finish up around 5:30PM or 6:00PM
- Tools that make working from home easier: My Ninja Coffee Bar and lots of Spotify
Now that you’ve got a handle on the basics, here’s a look at a week in my life as a Forge3’er without a traditional office…
Monday – day off (work from the road)
Today I was flying home from a weekend wedding, so I wasn’t able to sit behind my computer all day. However, every aspect of my job at Forge3 is designed so I can work anywhere without missing a beat!
That means I was able to tackle a client’s requested website update and make my to-do list for tomorrow—all while sitting in the Portland airport.
Tuesday – catch-up day
I’m back home today!
Traveling all weekend and taking a day off led to a bunch of emails piling up in my inbox. So I spent the morning in “focus mode” (the Forge3 version of blocking out all notifications, calls and chats) so I could get myself caught up.
Once I got myself back to inbox zero, I dedicated my afternoon to designing an ActiveAgency website for one of our lovely Forge3 clients. Once that was finished up, I headed to the gym.
Working from home sometimes blurs the lines between work life and home life. Scheduling a workout for immediately after work helps me to officially end my work day and transition into a night of “home time.”
Wednesday – flexibility
One of the best parts of working for a location-independent company like Forge3 is the flexibility.
This morning I worked on designing a website for another Forge3 client. Then, in the middle of the day, I took a break to work out. My gym started offering a half-hour workout class at noon so I decided to give it a try. I always enjoy breaking up the day with a quick high-intensity workout!
After my workout class, I headed home to finish up with the website design for our ActiveAgency client. Once I tackled all of my to-dos for the day, I was able to head to an Iron Pigs game with some friends (they’re our local AAA MiLB affiliate team). It was a beautiful night for some baseball!
Thursday – a typical day
Out of every day this week, today was the most typical work day for me.
Each day our ActiveAgency clients email us with requests for minor changes to their websites. I like to start my day by tackling some of these changes because it feels good to quickly get something accomplished and cross it off the list!
Today wasn’t any different. I spent the first hour of my day making small content changes, adding photos and handling other updates for our ActiveAgency clients. I finished my list by 10:00AM, so I decided to move onto designing a new ActiveAgency site.
But, before that, I desperately needed a coffee! During my quick coffee break I also watered the plants on my porch. I only bought them a month ago, but they already needed some love! I guess that’s what I get for buying high-sun plants for a low-sun area. :)
On a day like this one, the website magic happens after I’ve gotten my caffeine break. This is when I get into the zone and create beautifully-designed websites for our wonderful insurance agency clients all over the country. Every agency is different in their own way, which makes for one of the coolest parts of my job—I get to help insurance agencies every single work day!
Friday – sprinting to the weekend
A lot of my friends and family ask me to describe my job because it’s so much different than a typical design job. Fridays at Forge3 are the perfect example of what makes my job so different!
At Forge3 we call Fridays “Client Fridays.” As a team, we decide what clients need updates to their websites and all these changes happen on Fridays. I like making these days a game with myself to see how many clients I can help in a single day. Anytime I can gamify the work day, that’s what I do!
Today was no different. I spent the whole day tackling a TON of these projects. After helping all my clients for the day, I ended my work day with a workout class.
As always, this allowed me to wrap up my week and get my mind off of work (not to mention it was a great way to kick off Memorial Day Weekend on a healthy foot!).
A location-independent company policy can be daunting. But, with the right mindset, the correct tools and support from great management and colleagues, companies can thrive with this set up. Forge3 is a great example of that!