I recently came back from working remotely up in Seattle for four weeks while my son attended the Pre-College program at DigiPen and wanted to share what worked and what didn’t work for me.
What didn’t work: Shared working spaces and community library.
What worked: DigiPen’s open space.
I knew I didn’t want to drive back and forth between where I was staying and DigiPen twice a day, so I had to find something in Redmond. I tried the local library the first day of classes, but that was disruptive. I get up and walk every two hours and I couldn’t leave my stuff set up for fear someone would walk off with it. Plus parking was only 3 hours at the library and this just didn’t work!
I looked into shared working spaces in Redmond or somewhere where I could rent a space for $30 to $40 per day in case I had an important meeting. I found thinkspace, but when I inquired about a space, they didn’t haven anything besides monthly rentals.
Thankfully I had contacted DigiPen prior to coming up and in desperation that Monday, I sent an email again and asked if there was somewhere I could hole up. They responded that there was and it ended up being perfect for me! I worked in one of their large open spaces called Edison and found a workspace with a power strip and set right up.
What didn’t work: No problems here!
What worked: Mackbook Pro, ASUS Portable Monitor, iPad, wireless keyboard and mouse.
I use a MacBook Pro for work and I’m used to three monitors and I didn’t know how I was going to be able to actually work effectively with anything less! On the recommendation of my manager, I picked up a ASUS MB169B+ 15.6″ Full HD 1920×1080 IPS USB Portable Monitor, a Retractable Lightning to USB Cable, Duet Display (to use the iPad as a third monitor) and a Travelon Men’s Anti-Theft Heritage Backpack to carry it all.
The only issue is that after the portable monitor has been on for a while (maybe 3 hours or so?), it starts blinking off, then on again. I end up resetting the cables and turning it off, then on again and it’s good for another 3 hours or so. It was a little annoying, but livable!
Overall, working remote for four weeks worked out really well and I can’t thank DigiPen enough for letting me work there! In case you’re interested, my son’s project can be seen on the YouTube video starting at 38:33. Very proud of him and his team!!