Episode 017 - Investing in a High-Quality Desk Setup is Beneficial, Social Media Manager, Austria

Episode 017: Mateus Almeida

Mateus Almeida

Social Media Manager / Husband / Dad

Name: Mateus Almeida
Location: Austria
Occupation: Social Media Manager / Husband / Dad
Room Size: 12㎡
Cost of Setup: About $6,000
Social Media: @mamoavisuals

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Product List  
Eliot Standing Desk
Yaasa Classic
Apple M2 Max Mac Studio
LG 4K Monitor
Monitor Mount Hexcal Monitor Arm
Argon FORTE A5 MK2 Speakers
Argon Quiet Storm, AirPods Pro 2
Apple Magic Keyboard
Logitech MX Master 3S
Desk Mat
Harber London Leather Desk Mat
Rode NT-USB Mini
Ambient Light BenQ e-reading floor lamp
Camera EOS R6 MKII
Hexcal desk setup 101
Hexcal desk setup 101
Hexcal desk setup 101

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I'm Mateus, a social media manager at a local startup Social Media agency. When I'm not at work, you can find me at home with my wonderful wife and our young daughter who always keeps me on my toes.

When I have some time to myself, I enjoy creating content for my social media channels. I'm obsessed with desk setups, lifestyle and gadgets, so I try to share about things that I have a personal interest in. I also like staying active - whether it's getting in a workout, playing soccer, going on a hike, or gaming in my free time.

What’s your favorite item on your desk?

if you ask me what my favorite item on my desk is, I'd have to say my T-rex skull! I know it's a bit unorthodox, but I think the mini dino skull adds a unique touch to my workspace aesthetic. Though in terms of getting my social media job done efficiently every day, I rely heavily on my Mac Studio desktop computer. That thing is an absolute productivity beast. So while the T-rex skull brings me joy, my Mac Studio is the real MVP when it comes to crunching campaigns and content for my clients!

When did you start to work on your desk setup?

About two years ago, I decided to step up my desk setup game, but honestly, I've always been a desk setup fan. I guess it's because I'm into interior design and aesthetics.

Your advice for beginners getting into Desk Setup.

For beginners getting into desk setups, my advice is simple: don't get too caught up in the idea of having a perfect setup right away. It's easy to feel like your current arrangement isn't as good as those you see online. Instead, appreciate what you have and stay focused on your goals, no matter how basic your setup may be.

When I started out, my setup was just in a corner of my daughter's room with a laptop, a monitor, and some affordable decor. But by staying consistent and determined, I found opportunities through social media that eventually led to my dream job and brand partnerships. What I've accomplished is a result of hard work, not financial abundance.

Don't let comparisons or doubts hold you back from chasing your dreams. Start from where you are, enjoy the journey, and remember that success comes from persistence and passion.

Any tips for other makers who want to improve their workspaces?

I think that if you want to improve your workspace, focus on minimizing distractions so you can get more done. Try to also pick quality stuff over things that are going to easily break or make you less productive. For example, investing in a good ergonomic chair and building an ergonomic setup are key to a sustainable workspace. Take into mind the amount of time we spend during our lifetime sitting or in front of a screen...investing in yourself will certainly bring good results to your daily life and workflow. Having a monitor arm has also improved my workflow - shout out to HEXCAL for their amazing product. Don't forget cable management too! Avoid clutter, please.