I don’t have a home office—I live in a very small apartment in New York with my fiancée, so we both have to make that work. We’ve been bouncing around quite a bit, from New York to Connecticut to Maine. Right now, I'm with my fiancée at my parents’ house by the beach. I actually work in bed pretty often, although we just got a new dining room table in my NYC apartment which has been a great addition. I like to move between my bed, couch, and dining room table.
Since I don’t have a monitor or fancy keyboard, I’ve gotten used to just plugging in my laptop and headphones and working from anywhere. Even back in college and high school, I always worked in my room and on my bed—luckily I’m one of the few who can do that without getting distracted or falling asleep.
What’s one aspect of your home office that influences your productivity?
Something as simple as opening up my curtains and getting more light in my room can make a big difference. I also have a wooden lap desk that I’ve used since high school—it’s great because it lets me work from anywhere. Once the lap desk comes out, it’s game time.
How do you deal with distractions?
My schedule has become more flexible—I’ve been starting my days earlier, which can help. It’s nice when you’re at the office because there’s always people to talk to, and you can leave to grab lunch or go for a stroll. At home, I’ve learned to be more flexible with my days. There are times when I just don’t feel like working—I’ll hit a wall and can’t sit down anymore. In general, I’ve become more comfortable pushing meetings and shifting my schedule around.
When it comes to distractions, I live by the High Line, so I’ll go for a walk while I take calls. It’s a good way to get in a better headspace and focus on work. I know some people take a break by going on their phone or watching TV, but I spend too much time staring at a screen. If I need a break I’ll go outside for a walk or run my apartment’s stairs which has become my new exercise routine.
I’d imagine you’re spending more time in the kitchen these days. How has this change influenced the way you think about your products, and has it inspired any new ideas?
I wouldn’t say products, necessarily, but we have definitely become much more active with social and content. We launched a blog a few weeks ago, we’ve built out our marketing team, and we’re constantly evolving our strategy. I think we’ve created an active space where customers can reach out for tips and advice. Being able to spend time in the kitchen has helped me and my teammates get into our consumer’s mindset, which lets us become more of a resource for our customers.