Every Friday, our new weekly column talks to CEOs, founders and tech leaders about the benefits they’ve discovered from WFH in 2020.
It’s no surprise that tech plays a key role in his life, but as the father of two young boys, being around the family more has been a major win for the year.
Here are the six things that spark joy about Brodie’s home office life – and tune into the Startup Daily show on ausbiz at 2pm today to catch Brodie talking about them.
1. Tech Essentials
I like to be agile with my work equipment and be able to set up efficiently, anywhere. I don’t have a typical office setup at home and prefer to move around to different areas of our house.
Tech must-haves for me are generally all out of the Apple stable.
One of the advantages of the latest Apple Mac operating system is the ability to use your iPad as a secondary screen for your Macbook, enabling more screen space, without being tied to your traditional office style setup. The Ten One Design Mountie Universal Laptop clip allows me to clip the iPad directly to my 13-inch Macbook.
The iPad pencil is great for editing documents and highlighting articles on the go. It’s also great for taking notes in video meetings.
Beats by Dre, Powerbeats Pro are my wireless headphones of choice.
For me personally, I love to listen to music. Whether it’s working through emails or noise-cancelling screaming children, listening to music helps me get in the zone. They are really practical for calls and they are great for running and training as they don’t fall out of your ears. My playlist of choice at the moment on Apple Music is ‘New Latitudes’.
Lastly, is my reading glasses, which helps with reducing headaches from so much screen time.
My dog is my first born son, and well and truly the top dog in the Haupt family household.
I’m definitely a walker and talker on work calls, so my dog Frederick is always keen for a ball throw while dad’s on the phone.
My pool is my sanctuary and I truly appreciated it during COVID-19.
I try to do most of my calls from there and every night I work from the poolhouse, as I like to mix up my surroundings.
4. Assault bike and home gym
A fit and healthy body absolutely equals a fit and healthy mind.
A quick 15-20 minutes on an assault bike will have you on your haunches no matter what your fitness level is.
It’s also a great way to keep active while you have a 1,000 back-to-back meetings.
Within half an hour I can get a great workout in, shower and be ready for my next meeting.
5. Home-cooked meals
I’ve hit the jackpot when it comes to my wife, Kate and in particular her ridiculously good cooking skills.
Getting to have meals cooked for me and sometimes even delivered to me while on video calls, has been nothing short of awesome.
I am very spoiled in that department and was a major consideration in marrying her.
6. My boys
The benefit of having a baby during COVID-19 and now continuing the trend of working from home (WFH), has allowed me to get some quality time with both of my children.
Rawley is three-years-old and Huxley is now six-months-old, so they still enjoy a good squishy cuddle with me before nap time.
I know that won’t last forever, so I’m trying to enjoy it while I can.