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My PeerFly Office: Staying Productive

PeerFly Office

It is really easy to get distracted when you have a lot of things going on and it seems like I constantly have a lot of things going on. Over the past few years I have learned a few tricks that I use to help stay productive. One of the most important things you can do is control your environment. No matter how crazy and busy things get, if you are in a calm environment you are more likely to be productive.

So, I thought I would give you a tour of my PeerFly office and explain things that I control to keep my environment comfortable and productive.

LukePeerFly office

While I’ll admit my office at PeerFly is not always this clean, I do attempt to keep it as clean and uncluttered as possible most of the time. I’ve found that I am much more productive when there are not things scattered all over my desk.

LukePeerFly office

I also started using duel screen monitors when I was in college and haven’t looked back since. Even though I have a 27 inch iMac, I still use my 27 inch duel screen pretty often. For example, I’ll have my email and PeerFly stats open in browsers next to each other on my iMac and my Skype open in my duel screen.

You’ll notice there are no icons on my computer desktop. I keep my screen as clean as my desk. I also rotate wallpapers often. It gives your screen a fresh look and for whatever reason it makes me happy.

I also always keep a notepad next to my computer so I can take notes when I get ideas or want to create a todo. I have found that keeping a physical (written) todo and actually crossing off items as you complete them is one of the best things I can do to keep on task. You should have seen all my papers when I was developing FPTraffic!

Massage chair

bean bag chair - Sumo Lounge

Take Breaks!

There have been multiple studies that have shown that taking a break from your work frequently (but obviously not too frequently) is critical to staying productive. I take breaks throughout my day and I’ll usually do one of two things:

1. Relax in my massage chair (the black chair shown above).

2. Lay in my giant bean bag from Sumo Lounge.

I have two bean bags from Sumo Lounge and they are literally the most comfortable chair you will ever sit in. I have a red one at the PeerFly office (shown above) and a giant black one in my home office.

Taking a break and getting away from your work is a great way to let your mind relax. It’s important that you actually get up and walk away from the computer. Taking a break by opening a new browser window and going to Facebook or Twitter is not a break and is counterproductive because more than likely you will waste more time than necessary and not feel relaxed or refreshed.

I also walk to our Anytime Fitness (right across the street from our PeerFly office) every weekday at 3:00pm and go for a run and a light workout. I’ll run a mile or so and do some pushups and crunches. I not only feel really refreshed when I get back to the office, but I’m making myself healthier as well.

PeerFly Kitchen

One of my favorite things about working at the PeerFly office is that our kitchen is always stocked with everything I need to make it through the day. Our Keurig coffee maker runs pretty much nonstop throughout the day and everyday I have two cups of coffee. We also keep it stocked with a ton of water, Gatorade, and soda.

Create a comfortable work environment for yourself and you will see a productivity increase. Increase your productivity and increase your revenue.

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17 thoughts on My PeerFly Office: Staying Productive

  1. dont look at my site yet, im still developing it 🙂 – simply loved ur post luke and am feeling energized just reading and looking at your gorgeous work space. very encouraging!!!!

  2. This is a great post Luke. I’m already inspired to start decluttering my desk. I’m with you all the way about the 2 monitors, I have a similar setup. My problem is that I don’t take enough breaks, although I do work out at least 5 days a week and eat very healthy.

    The only thing I’m not with you on is the Gatorade and soda; nothing wrong with that, it’s a personal choice. But I do have a cup of coffee in the morning to get me going.

    I hope to read more posts such as this one from you.

    1. I don’t blame you on the Gatorade/soda. I wish I could stay away from them. I should be starting Soylent (blog post will follow) soon and at that point I’m going to attempt to give up soda again.

  3. Great useful information thanks Luke. And I fully agree you need a healthy balance in front and away from the computer to stay happy and focused.

  4. nice post Luke bean bag looks inviting say you only drink two coffees a day make’s me look bad on 5
    anyway very good post like office set up clean and minimalist are the figures other staff members ? cheers peter mcgrath

    1. The bobble heads are the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia characters 🙂 I didn’t include any pics of the other staff, but I believe Lauren was talking about doing a blog post about our entire office and staff on the PeerFly blog.

  5. Your massage chair is looking awesome! I`ve seen it before but not sure where.
    Any idea where to order one of these chairs because it would be very useful personally for me.

    Awesome blog post as always,keep it up!

  6. Love the office man! I have to keep a notepad next to my desk as well. My boss is always emailing me these to-do list but I hardly get them done or I take a long time to do them unless I write them on my notepad. It just gives me a visual reminder that is always next to the computer I can’t cover it up with another program like I do on my computer.

  7. I’ve got dozens of things on my desk, and as much as I try to keep things organized, it will only last me a couple of days. After that it gets back to the same it was before. I’m using a productivity app, called focus booster, in which I set the amount of time I want to be working (ex: 50 minutes) with a short break of 10 minutes. I’ve started using this about 3 months ago, and it’s been awesome so far. The only problem I have is that sometimes I forget to open it up, and I can go a day or two, before I remember to start it up. Having a physical notepad is great, but I always end up with this: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmkBkB8CQAEEcDm.png:large

    And yea that’s my actual desktop from a week or so. It’s always like that, if I’m done with a sticky post and close it, I will start a new one pretty soon after that.

    I’m just surprised that I’ve been able to get so far in Internet Marketing with this kind of “behavior”. You’ve got a nice and clean office Luke, and I love that bean bag, I think I’m gonna get one for myself next week.

    Cheers,
    Stephen

  8. Neither my job workspace, nor my home setup are as well laid out as your office, but all of us at work (AT&T) have the dual monitors. What I do not see in your photos are any yellow “Sticky notes”. To me, they are essential.

  9. thanks for sharing Luke looking forward to your blog and learning as much as I can peerfly is awesome I appreciate Nate and all you guys do thanks again looking forward to making some $

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