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Clifford Starks

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Sep 13, 2019
I know this has been said over and over again, but I am experiencing it again right now. 10 years ago I moved from Chicago to Arizona and the change in my life was dramatic. After 10 years, I got used to living in sunny Arizona that the environment is not as productive as it once was.

This summer, to avoid the Arizona heat I decided to lease a condo in Crested Butte Colorado, which is a mountain biking mecca in the USA. What I did not realize was how productive it would be to live here in terms of work.

I brought a table and my desktop with 2 monitors. I have it set up next to a window which has views of the majestic mountains here. I have gotten so much work done here. And I think it is due to a few things:

1) I don't know anybody here, except my friend who is also here with me.
2) My workstation is next to an open window, fresh mountain air blows in all day and my view is great. I don't mind sitting here all day.
3) We both wake up, turn on our computers and get our morning work done. She also has an online ecommerce store.
4) We make a daily morning mountain bike ride. This is our workout and we are so tired afterwards that we just stay home. We ride every day and had to force ourselves to take a rest day because our legs are so sore.
5) We work on our businesses all afternoon and night. There's nothing else to do in this town except mountain bike. All restaurants and gas stations close at 8:30pm. We have wanted to go see the movie Edge of Tomorrow for two weeks now, but it's not even playing within a 3 hour drive from us.

I did not expect to get much work done here, but it has turned out to be the opposite. It just shows you what a change in environment can do for you. We have a daily routine and it certainly helps when there are no distractions. Maybe all some of you need is to move to a small po-dunk town with nothing going on.

My office
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5 minute hike outside of the condo
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Our daily workout ride
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I can't believe I'm living here!
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Wow it's beautiful, glad it help increase productivity too!


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Oct 7, 2015
Treviso, Italy
I totally agree man.

I am so lucky my girlfriend's parents own an apartment in a mountain location which is just an hour by car from my home.

Me and her often go up there to study (we are both finishing uni, she studies law I'm a medical student) and get away from the summer heat.

Useless to say, having only her and her dog around and taking breaks by hiking or just walking nearby gives me an impressive exam passing ratio compared to when I'm home with my family/traffic/dogs barking a lot (and yet I live in a quite rural town).


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Jul 1, 2019
I'm in a rut right now (post FTE) and need to do this. Only problem is covid... I had planned on moving to NYC, and that's off the table now. Maybe I'll go to boulder or Pheonix. I also need to get away from family who are too clingy and stunting my growth.
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