Day in the Life of a Remote Worker: Ethan Urie (Senior Backend Engineer, GitLab)

Day in the Life of a Remote Worker

This spotlight illustrates how each remote worker finds freedom and productivity in their everyday life, in their unique way. Get inspired and see how you can improve your workspace, workflow, and work/life balance.

Name: Ethan Urie

Current Job: Senior Backend Engineer, GitLab

Current Location: Rochester, NY

Current Computer: 2019 15" Apple MacBook Pro

Current mobile devices: Apple iPhone Xs

What does your typical workday look like?
  • 5am - wake up and exercise
  • 5:45am - make kids' lunches and wife's coffee
  • 6:30am - breakfast
  • 7am - read
  • 8am -start work (check email and slack for updates on anything pertinent)
  • 8:30am - get kids on the bus
  • 8:45-10am - knock out any small tasks on my plate
  • 10-11am - meetings most days
  • 11am - lunch, usually just at my desk
  • 11:15-11:30am - take my dog for a walk
  • 11:30am-3:45pm - meetings, coding
  • 3:45pm - get kids off the bus and get them snacks
  • 4-5pm - Finish up coding tasks for the day

Describe your workspace setup:
I have a semi-dedicated home office with:
  • A Fully Jarvis standing desk with keyboard tray
  • Anti-fatigue mat
  • Steelcase Leap chair
  • Dual 27" 4k monitors
  • Apple Magic Keyboard (with numpad) and Magic Trackpad 2

What do you listen to while you work?
It depends on the day and the work I'm doing. Usually, I'll be listening to Trance or Film scores. I will occasionally take a detour to classical, jazz, punk rock, or metal.

Aside from your phone and computer, name a gadget you can't live without in your workspace:
I guess I'd have to go with my headphones as I really prefer to listen to music while working. Right now my main pair is a 20-year-old set of Sennheiser HD495s. I also have Apple AirPods for listening to my iPhone and sometimes my laptop. I also have a pair of Etymotic in-ear phones for when I'm out in public and want some noise-isolation.

Connect with Ethan on Twitter: @e7hz3r0

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