Working Remotely Like A Boss

This post is based on my 6+ years of remote work experience. This is a no BS post on how to ace your remote work game without losing your mind.

Distraction

When you start working from your home, you could be distracted by n number of things like friends, family, social-media, traffic noises, notifications, door-bells, etc. Or simply by your desire to pick up and check your phone for no reason at all.

(1) Interruptions from family members

The easiest way to minimize this distraction is to add a visual cue to let others know that you are busy.

(2) Social media and the Internet

If you’re like me, you are probably doing more than just reading this post. You probably have 5 or 10 other tabs open. You may also be causally (and/or mindlessly) browsing social media on your phone.

(3) Noise

Background noises will not only distract you but they may also cause interruptions in your meetings.

Isolation

Remote work can be boring when you can’t meet or hang out with your team. There’s a very good chance that you might end up staying at home for days or weeks.

(1) Exercise

Can you exercise for an hour everyday? No? How about 30 minutes? Still no? How about 10 minutes? I’m sure you can find at least 10 minutes a day to take care of your body (which in turn takes care of your mind).

(2) Find reasons to go out

If you don’t find reasons to go out, you will end up staying at home in an endless cycle of “eat, sleep, work, repeat”.

Mind Your Busyness

“Why are you always so busy?” Your friends and family may start asking you that question. Don’t worry though, they’ll eventually move on and let you do your thing. But your “busyness” will burn you out.

“I’ll do it later”

Will you? Seriously? And when is later? “Later today”, “later tomorrow” or “Later, it doesn’t matter”?

Final Thoughts And Recommendations

(1) Task management

There are some amazing tools out there like Todoist, Asana, Trello, etc. I recommend Todoist since I use it all the time.

(2) Energy management

Energy is an exhaustible resource. If you fill up your day, like each and every slot in your calendar, it won’t allow you to achieve more. It will only lead to a burnout.

(3) Set the mood

It’s hard to get in the zone. It takes a while for your body to realize it’s time to work. And with no boss around, your body is constantly telling you to take a 5 minute break which you know is going to translate into hours of procrastination.

(4) Sleep

A good night’s sleep should be your number one priority. If you can, please read the book called “Why We Sleep?” recommended by Bill Gates.

  • Neglecting sleep can affect creativity, decision-making, problem-solving, learning, and memory.
  • Brain.fm and/or HeadSpace (for music that helps you fall asleep)

(5) Ergonomics

If you can, please consult an ergonomics expert to setup your office according to your needs. If you’re going to spend a major portion of your time at your home office to make a living, please makes sure it’s not at the expense of your health.

(6) Books

I have three book recommendations for you –

  • Hyperfocus by Chris Bailey
  • Indistractable by Nir Eyal

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