How to Work Remotely: Practical Tips

πŸ‘‹ Ciprian on Friday, March 20, 2020 in Blog
Last modified on Friday, March 20, 2020

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😎 These tips are obviously biased and focused on developers.

Home Office

  • Designate a room as your office. This helps keeping home and work separated. At the very least, designate a desk, even if the room isn’t empty, where everything is off-limits: notebooks, post-it notes, pens, coffee mugs, and so on. Think kids, cats or dogs.
  • Let your colleagues know when you are online, and make sure to be available via a chat app or email.
  • Routine #1: Keep a routine. Force a routine. Start at the same time, have a lunch break and stop at the end of the day.
  • Routine #2: Work whenever you know you are the most productive. I like to take a break around 4pm and then get back to work around 9 or 10pm. This might even help if other work colleagues are in different timezones.
  • Don’t forget to log your time if you have to.
  • Keep notes of everything you do. I use a spreadsheet for tasks and I also use a Markdown file in my IDE for quick notes and bookmarks.
  • Use a ticket tracker. You do use one, don’t you?

Conference Calling

  • Assume every meeting is a remote meeting.
  • Send meeting details well ahead of time.
  • Speak English at all times if there is more than one language.
  • Use a tool such as Slack, Zoom, Discord or Google Hangouts.
  • Try a chat-based meeting before a video-based one.
  • Stable internet connections are important.
  • Send a summary with actions to take via mail as a follow-up or add them to your ticket tracker. You do use one, don’t you?

(Mental) Health

  • Stick to a routine.
  • When possible, go for a daily walk or jog to get some fresh air.
  • Take breaks away from the work station once in a while.
  • Set up regular catch-ups to talk on-topic or off-topic with your colleagues or attend online meetups.
  • Take sick days when you’re ill. You can always catch up on a weekend.
  • Only work when you know are productive, otherwise you are just burning out.

πŸ‘‹ Added by Ciprian on Friday, March 20, 2020 in Blog. Last modified on Friday, March 20, 2020.

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