My WFH space has been a work in progress since 2012 when my job was 60-80% WFH. All it had was the brand spanking new Macbook (pictured)
I then purchased a second hand Thunderbolt display and peripherals as well as but sold the display about a month ago, before we were all told to work remotely again (different job). Keyboard died recently too, but Apple were good enough to replace for no charge from their old stock. I had no intention of paying £150 for a new bluetooth one. The addition of the Muji drawers in what is otherwise a very bland flatpack desk was a gamechanger.
When WFH (as opposed to mucking about online) I generally use the external monitor for the remote session via Citrix as one or two Windows 10 windows, one for another remote desktop for coding and the other for email / business apps. As I'm on O365 I then use the Macbook for Teams (video quality far better outside citrix and also has webcam), news, whatsapp desktop and Spotify etc. In that sense I like having two screens as I can put the VMs in full screen mode and it feels just like using them from work. But the screen is a loaner and pretty beat up, so needs replacing asap.
I've been thinking about improving this space to maximise comfort and productivity when working and I think these are my priorities/things I'm weighing up:
- replace loaner 24" monitor and stand (go bigger at 27" or stay 24" ?). If I go for a 27" I'd like it in the centre, so probably close up the macbook for ergonomics.
- decide on dock (closed) vs stand (open) for Macbook. the screen riser is really useful for tucking keyboard under if I need to write stuff, draw or service a derailleur. Not ideal for just balancing a macbook though.
- declutter as much as possible
- mount monitor on wall vs clamp stand vs OEM stand (mounting limits standing desk option)
any thoughts recommendations welcome!