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Hands up if working from home is harder than you thought!

Week four of the coronavirus lockdown has us devising new and clever ways to hide our pajama-clad lower halves during Zoom meetings and baking loaf after loaf of banana bread to fill the empty spaces in our work schedules (and stomachs). Although working from home doesn’t include the community and creature comforts of our coworking space, our members are making the most of what they have on hand. Here’s how our members are improvising their at-home workspaces, staying motivated and finding ways to relax during quarantine.

From the sofa of: Claire, Preemadonna

What are your biggest WFH adjustments?

Figuring out how to work side by side with my boyfriend in our studio apartment and having to take extra breaks to take the dog for walks (definitely not complaining about that one)!

How do you stay motivated?

I take breaks every 30 minutes and set specific times for lunch and the end of my workday to make sure I take time for myself. I also wear my shoes when I’m working to keep me in the working mindset.

What do you miss most about Star Space?

Being able to share memes with my coworkers sitting next to me.

Any work break recommendations?

The Happiness Lab, hosted by a Yale professor about the science of happiness.

From the sofa of: Jenna, German Accelerator 

What are your biggest WFH adjustments?

Being back in Colorado and working in my family “coworking” space. Perks of having a large family, we are representing 6 companies!

How do you stay motivated?

My whole family has a pretty set schedule for working hours. I’ve also been continuing my running which has forced me to keep a consistent schedule. I’m grateful for Colorado and beautiful mountains

What do you miss most about Star Space?

THE PEANUT M&Ms! Not just about the food, but also having a change of scenery and less time staring at a computer monitor.

Any movie/book/podcast recommendations?

I started listening to Dax Shephard’s Armchair Expert. It’s helped me survive the longer runs!

From the sofa of: Komala, Chartmetric

What are your biggest WFH adjustments?

Most of my adjustments have been positive – no commuting and shorter lunch breaks leading to better productivity plus surprise visits from my husband who works in the other room.

What do you miss most about Star Space?

I miss seeing my colleagues and having lunch with them every day. My desk (I had a great place near the window with lots of sunshine!), and the cozy hammocks.

How do you stay motivated?

I make sure I am setting goals for the day in terms of the tasks I want to get done, treating the work hours as a normal workday, taking breaks, eating healthy and getting some exercise.

Any work break recommendations?

The Great British Bake-Off on Netflix. It inspired me to make my version of a chocolate cake with dark chocolate icing!

From the sofa of: Preston, German Accelerator

What are your biggest WFH adjustments?

Finding time to do things other than sit at the computer all day and work.

How do you stay motivated?

I keep in mind that the work I’m doing now will benefit our startups in the long-run, and they will be grateful that we put in so much effort.

What do you miss most about Star Space?

Eating lunch on the patio with my colleagues.

Any work break recommendations?

All American on Netflix.

From the sofa of: Jim, Altmode

What are your biggest WFH adjustments?

Not much of an adjustment for me, because my customers are all remote anyway. It’s probably a bigger adjustment for my wife, who now has to put up with me 24/7!

How do you stay motivated?

I try to keep some music, mostly upbeat and up-tempo, running in the background when I’m not on conference calls. When I’m on conference calls, I try to use my camera to be more connected with the people I’m talking with, and to keep myself more accountable and focused.

What do you miss most about Star Space?

This is going to sound like a Star Space marketing pitch, but I miss the people. Even though I work by myself, it’s really nice to be surrounded with friendly people to say “hi” to from time to time. And probably the snacks.

Any work break recommendations?

The Singing Revolution, a documentary on Estonia’s emergence from Soviet rule. Very uplifting and it’s hard not to like a country that enjoys singing so much.