Panel

Eric Davis (twitter github blog)
Evan Light (twitter github blog)
Charles Max Wood (twitter github Teach Me To Code Rails Ramp Up)

Discussion
01:28 – Working From Home

Distractions
Environment

07:35 – Pros of Working From Home

Animals

Purr Programming 2.0: Lance Gleason

Schedule/Flexibility
Naps
Deliveries/Home Repairs
Commute

11:57 – Focus & Productivity

Renting an Office

14:22 – Cons of Working From Home

Office Neighbors/Noise Pollution
Furnishing an Office

Cabin Fever

22:37 – Working in an Office

Social Outlet
Others’ Opinions

25:31 – Overcoming Distractions

Family Comes First
Making up Time

29:54 – Staying on Task

Shifting your Work
Set Hours
Pomodoring
Setting Boundaries

37:35 – Fixed Number of Hours

xkcd: Ballmer Peak

Picks

Hydrofarm Thirsty Light (Chuck)
Powermat Power Dual 1200 Rechargeable Backup Battery (Chuck)
PVC Pipe in Plants (Eric)
iPad Mini (Evan)

Transcript
ERIC: Replace Chuck with a recording robot.

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CHUCK: Hey everybody and welcome to Episode 46 of the Ruby Freelancer Show! This week on our panel, we have Eric Davis.

ERIC: Hello!

CHUCK: Evan Light.

EVAN: Hi!

CHUCK: And I'm Charles Max Wood from devchat.tv. This week we're going to be talking about Working Locations. I've had a few people talk to me in the past, when I tell them that I'm a freelancer and that I work from home, they just look at me like "How do you do that? How do you deal with all the distractions? I mean, I'd just go and e-pop corner in front of the TV all day or something”. And so I thought we could talk about the work locations, some of the pros and cons, and how you deal with distractions and things like that. So, I tend to work from. I know that Eric, you usually work from home as well, right?

ERIC: Yeah. Like maybe one or two days set up a year, I might not work from home. But I'm here; this is where I'm at.

CHUCK: Yeah. And Evan, you used to work from home, didn't you?

EVAN: I did until about 2 months ago, and then I rented an office.

CHUCK: Alright. Did you just go with like an executive suite type thing or —

EVAN: Well, yeah. I went on craze list. Well I looked around a lot, but ultimately I went on craze list and found a small — a local realtor who is leasing by the room and just basically got a room that I came equipped with a desk and internet and power and what not. Grabbed my Aeron chair and there it was, and computer was good to go.

CHUCK: Yeah that's what they have out here, I don't know if it's just the term out here, but they call them executive suites. Basically, you're renting like a room and then you get access to the conference room when you need it, and the building furnishes power, that kind of stuff.

EVAN: I don't think we have a term for it out here because that would imply that we have enough civilization to come up with terms like that.

CHUCK: [laughs] Yeah. Adobe built a huge building that's right outbuy where most of those suites are out here. So, I'm kind of curious as to what your experiences been working from home you guys.