Day in the Life Of the Remote Worker: Jevin Maltais
Justine Shu / July 4, 2019
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Name: Jevin Maltais
Current Job: I help non-technical professionals build their first software product idea: theRemoteCTO.com
Current Location: Ottawa, Canada
Current Computer: MacBook Pro 2017 13"
Current mobile devices: Pixel 2
What does your typical workday look like?
I work from my home office 3 times a week. The other days I head to my coworking space (Coworkly.ca).
- 6-8am - Wake up, feed the kids, prepare lunches, daycare/camp drop off.
- 8am-noon - Depends on the day but I usually do deep focused work in the morning when I have the most energy.
- Noon-1pm - I train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 10 minutes away a few times a week. Otherwise just a normal lunch.
- 1-3:30pm - When I usually do my meetings or lighter work like emails, etc.
- 3:30-4:30pm - Depending on my energy level, I might take a nap or play some video games. Otherwise, I’m still working until the bell.
- 4:30-7:30pm - Family time. I often will prepare dinner, we will play in the yard, head to the park, do a quick bike ride. Then get the kids ready for bed.
- 7:30-9:30pm - My wife and I will talk about our day, plan, do some todos and watch some TV.
- 10pm - Bed
Describe your workspace setup:
I use my MBP as my second screen and a 25" for my main screen. I have a standing desk but I rarely use it 😁. I upgraded from my terrible Aeron chair to a Steelcase Gesture and it’s been a really great move for my back.
I do podcasting (buildingremoteteams.com) from this same space with a pretty cheap setup: AT2100 Dynamic, cheap arm, and the Focusrite Scarlett USB. I’m almost entirely paperless so I use my Scansnap for everything and my beefy shredder to get rid of everything I possibly can.
One thing that’s important is having some “swing space”, a desk that is available for short term TBD things that are transitional. Like mail, a place to do repairs, etc, etc.
What do you listen to while you work? Spotify 100% - Usually lofi jazz, or EDM with no words.
Aside from your phone and computer, name a gadget you can’t live without in your workspace: My Bose Q35 is incredible. Great sound quality and sound reduction when I’m in my coworking space