As a remote consultant, my home office is a very important part of what I do. Without the necessary space and equipment, I cannot do my job. Below is an overview of the important aspects of my workspace.
Never do anything standing that you can do sitting, or anything sitting that you can do lying down. – Chinese Proverb
Until I find a way to work while lying down, I am forced to sit or stand for most of the day. There is a ton of information out there about the dangers of sitting too much, and standing all day isn’t a great option either. When I began working from home, I spent the first few years with a conventional desk and chair. While this served me well, I couldn’t ignore the potential side effects of a long-term, sedentary work life. The solution, for me, has been to introduce a mix of sitting and standing throughout my day, along with regular breaks to incorporate movement.
I’m currently using a GeekDesk Max and have only good things to say about it. Along with the adjustable height, the large surface area is important for my display configuration. I’m able to program various heights as presets and switch back and forth with the push of a button. This desk doesn’t have any cable management features, but modifying it for this purpose was simple enough.
I’ve owned a Herman Miller Aeron for over three years now and I’m perfectly happy with it. I’ve already had the base replaced through the outstanding 12 year warranty. Investing in a quality chair is a must for so many reasons; make it a priority.
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax. – Abraham Lincoln
I have always built my own machines. My unique requirements make it difficult to purchase a pre-built PC, and I (mostly) enjoy the process of part selection and assembly. My latest build was a bold undertaking that had more than a few serious challenges.
My daily workstation has to be fast, stable, and it has to have ample screen real estate. The nature of my work is such that I am often juggling multiple roles on multiple projects and I can’t afford to have a technology bottleneck.
In order to power eight (8) 1920×1080 monitors (16,588,800 pixels total), I needed some powerful graphics cards with loads of video outputs. Enter the HD 7970 DirectCU II, by ASUS. These cards are huge. They take up three PCI slots each and generate enough heat to keep my office cozy in the winter. With these cards I’m able to power my monitor array using the eight (8) DisplayPort outs, and I still have four (4) DVI ports available for future expansion if needed.
- Processor– Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition
- Motherboard – ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79
- RAM– Corsair Vengeance 64GB (8 x 8GB) DDR3 1866
- PSU– Corsair Professional Series Gold AX1200 1200W
- GPU– 2x ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II
- 240GB OCZ RevoDrive 3 PCI-E (OS / Applications)
- 480GB Corsair Force Series GT SATA III (Storage)
- 24GB RamDisk (Some applications, browser caches, temp files, etc.)
- Case– Corsair Obsidian Series 800D
- Samsung MD230X6
- 2x Samsung 650 Series 27” (Portrait)
Photos provided by Kacey Elmore.