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Doug Rotherham

I'm a UX/UI Designer – working from home since the start of COVID-19. This is where I share everything I'm learning about creating a beautifully productive home office.

It's happening.

More and more companies are calling employees back to the office. 

In New York City, it's the Mayor. In Australia, peak hour traffic has returned to pre-covid levels. And some bosses have even called in psychologists to help coax reluctant workers back to their offices.

One of the benefits of working from home has been the extra time to explore other options. And no, I'm not just talking about pet time and power naps.

Instead of spending hours commuting, many have finally started that side-hustle. Others have upskilled and changed careers.

So, what else are you working on? Have you started a side-hustle or invested in some e-learning? If you haven't, time is running out.

Throughout the pandemic, I've completed courses on UI Design and building Webflow websites. Importantly though, I've taken action. From starting this newsletter to design work for friends and family. And another project that I built just for fun.

This week, I was made redundant from my job in the travel insurance industry. But I'm not freaking out (yet!). I've got options. Whether that's doubling down on my side hustles, or getting a new job. Options are a beautiful thing. Are you working on yours?

• 6 Ways to Work on Your Career in 2021

• The 5 Crucial Interview Questions of 2021 (And How to Answer Them)

• 12 Work-at-Home Jobs (Without the Endless Zoom Meetings and Phone Calls)

• 5 Post-Pandemic Business Ideas to Start in 2021 (Backed by Data)

• How to Find a Great Co-Founder for Your Start-Up

Design trends

Just Japandi

Looking for a home office style that's minimal, warm, calming and functional? Japandi might just be for you. It's a fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian style that's very much on-trend.

Minimalism You've Been Waiting for Japandi Style Desk Set Up

More garden goodness

Home Office Inspo readers love garden offices. It was the most popular link in last week's issue. So, here's an article that popped up this week with more planning and building advice (not to mention a few cool pics).

How to Build a Garden Room – Everything you Need to Know About Planning and Building a Room in the Garden

Workspace + podcast studio tour

In this video tour, you'll learn how to put together a sweet Zoom setup and podcasting space. 

Productivity tips

Remotely popular

What are the best remote work tools to help you collaborate with colleagues and get more done? A survey of around 300 remote workers reveals the most popular video conferencing, project management and instant messaging tools. 

20 Remote Work Tools to Help You Work From Home

Outsource your resume

Writing and updating your resume can be pretty painful. Leet Resumes write you a professional resume for free – plus a tip. It was of the top products on Product Hunt this week. 

Great Professional Resumes Written for Free

Win at work and succeed at life

On this episode of the Smart Passive Income podcast, Michael Hyatt joins Pat Flynn to talk about his new book on achieving balance and freeing yourself from the cult of overwork.

SPI 475: Michael Hyatt’s New Book, Win at Work and Succeed at Life

Tech tools

Best headphones

When it comes to high-quality audio, dependable wireless performance and noise cancellation, Sony's WH-1000XM4 are the best headphones you can buy according to Digital Trends.

The Best Headphones for 2021

Massive monitors

Does size matter? Of course it does! Here's the latest roundup of the best ultrawide monitors for your money.

The 5 Best 34 Inch+ Monitors - Spring 2021

Top tech for 2021

Discover the coolest gadgets and gear to enhance your digital life at home as recommended by the crew over at WIRED.

The Best Gadgets and Gear in 2021 from WIRED Recommends


What a week! This issue was a bit late. Sorry about that.

Anyway, I'm interested in what you're working on. Are you struggling with something? Hit reply and let me know. 

Until next week, do your best work.

~Doug.

What else are you working on?