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How to Build the Perfect Workspace (Ep. 254)

If you have to work, you’ll probably have to do it somewhere. Unfortunately, not all workspaces are created equal.

Noise, temperature, ergonomics, lighting, comfort — there are many things to be considered when building the perfect place to get things done. Any one of them could derail an otherwise promising work session, wasting precious time that could have been spent deciding which new Pokémon starter you like the most.

So, unless you want to go around hurting perfectly innocent work sessions, it might be time to reconsider a few things. Unless you have the perfect workspace already, in which case, carry on.

Things mentioned in this episode:

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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  • 0:01:52 – What our workspaces look like
  • 0:18:34 – Improving lighting, temperature and sound quality
  • 0:22:06 – Sponsor: FreshBooks (Managing your invoices)
  • 0:24:12 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:25:50 – Improving sound quality (continued)
  • 0:27:00 – How much space do you need for a desk
  • 0:35:54 – Ergonomics, standing desks and chairs
  • 0:54:39 – Conclusion

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