Category Archives: Productivity

David Hockney at Home: A Narrative

David Hockney is 83 years old and remains wildly productive working at home In Normandy. This special episode is about how he does it. It inspired me, and it might inspired you.

Shape Up: Stop running in circles

One of my heroes is Jason Fried, co-founder of Basecamp, the project management system we have used for over a decade. Like us, he and his company have been working almost entirely remotely for years, and he’s written a book about it call “REMOTE: Office

Online learning systems

How do you sell cloud-based learning systems on four continents while managing a remote team — all from home? Adam Berns and I discuss that and more in a deep dive into online education, home schooling, coping with time differences and learning from video games.

Teaching college from home

How do you teach a hands-on university class from home? Especially when you’re a self-professed “ink and paper” guy? David Mayes shares the trials and tribulations of a sudden transition, all while holding down his day job as a printing rep from his home office.

Corporate exec to entrepeneur

Patrice Varni shares her workout obsession, her working setup, her love of teams and the enviable setting of her quarantine by the lake. All in service of her transition from corporate exec to home-based entrepreneur. Episode Notes Links to things we talked about: Patrice Varni

Homeschool and leading teams

Patrick Fredrickson talks with us about managing a creative team — while managing to home-school his 9-year old son. We discuss the post-virus future, maintaining professionalism, and the value of boredom. Episode Notes Links to Patrick’s websites: Altitude Design Office Personal site Sterling’s Words Today’s

No space, roommates and Zoom

Gabe Freeman is a 26-year-old User Experience Researcher who started at Facebook late last year, after having worked in a conventional office at a B2B software company. All was well. But now he has to work from home, along with three roommates! We talk about

WorkLife@Home podcast is live!

Our brand new podcast is online and we’re so excited to share it with you! (And hope you’ll do the same.) You can check it out right here on the WorkLife@Home site, or find us and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Stitcher, Spotify

Communication overwhelm? How we control the flood.

Over my decades of running a distributed company with a completely home-based workforce, I’ve learned a lot. And I’m still learning. There’s just too much information and not enough time. And there are a lot of great tools competing for our attention and our wallets.

Bored artist at home? The United Nations needs you.

If you’re a creative person stuck at home wanting to do something constructive during the COVID-19 crisis, here’s a way you can use your skills to make a difference. The UN is calling for poster designs to help spread the messages about how to cope