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From across the coffee shop, I noticed a gentleman walking in with a computer. Not a laptop, mind you. With both hands, he carried a full-on desktop, monitor and console included. Surely he's not ... I thought to myself -- but I was wrong. He plopped the machinery down on a table, plugged in, and ordered his coffee while the rest of us looked on in horror.

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The day before you work from home, remember to transfer any important files, as Fast Company points out in their guide to working from home. If you're using a different computer, sync everything over with Dropbox, email or a USB drive.

Even if you're using the same computer, or if you mostly rely on cloud services, remember to also prepare for any two-factor logins, and anything that won't work on your corporate VPN. And bring any physical documents home.

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As more people turn to freelance work and self-employment, the home office is fast becoming the new norm. Working from home welcomes the luxury of freedom that’s hard to find in a conventional office setting. However, the comfort of your own home may also act as a distraction, so it’s important to design a fully functional workspace that is both stimulating and inspiring, to boost your productivity. Here are five tips on setting up the ideal home office, for maximum comfort, style and efficiency.

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I like people, but I've always been kind of shy and I cherish my alone time. When I started working from home, I looked forward to that time: No more meetings, small talk or awkward happy hours. It was fine for a while, but then I got lonely. Worse, I developed mild social anxiety. Even a trip to the grocery store seemed like an obstacle. I had to do something about it.

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After years of working from coffee shops and couches, there's one thing I'm certain of: working remotely is hard. Incredibly hard. On paper, it sounds all rainbows and unicorns -- you get to choose your own hours, you don't need to deal with a boss looming over your shoulder, and you can even work in your pajamas.

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Dear Lifehacker, A few weeks ago I noticed a lump just above my belly button area which was about the size of a large marble. I got an ultrasound and was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia. Eight months before this, I joined a gym and have noticed great results. Every single person tells me NOT to do any weight lifting and only to stick to cardio. Which sucks.

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A few months ago, I was interviewing someone for a story when I heard a knock at my door. It was my apartment's maintenance crew, a day late to install something. Before I could pause the interview, the knocking turned into loud banging, and it didn't take long before my interview subject asked "are you OK over there?"