A Day in the Life of
a Remote Developer
Myths vs Reality
Who am I
I'm a 🦄:
- Graphic Designer
- work remotely for 6+ years
- evangelize remote work
- never worked in the office*
- (sometimes) stutter (🇵🇱 jąkam się)
Myth: You work from the beach
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It's just a catchy article thumbnail.
remote work != workation != vacation
Myth: You work in payamas
Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash
You want to tell your body & mind that it's at work.
Having rituals to transition between work and life helps in being more productive at work & more relaxed in leisure time.
Eg. dressing like you would go to office, making coffee when starting to work
work-life blending vs work-life balance
It's also good for work-life balance, which is especially important when you work remotely.
In most cases, your schedule is flexible and you don't have any boundaries set. (eg. working 9 to 5 from the office)
Myth: You need Internet access
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Remote work thrives when:
- people trust each other
- people get sh*t done
- people communicate (mostly) asynchronously
- people know what to do (and how to do it)
Also Internet tends to be distractive and counter-productive.
Ideally, you should be able to work in isolation for at least a week.
Myth: You need to be
a great communicator
Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash
Well, you need to communicate well.
But it's not about being the loudest person in the room.
Remote communication is:
- transparent & honest
- about setting and meeting expectations
Watch out for curse of knowledge.
Myth: Remote teams don't meet
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Remote teams do meet (usually 2-4 times a year).
Such meetings should be focused on either:
- team building
- communication-heavy work
Such meetings shouldn't be wasted on:
- unproductive meetings
- regular work
Myth: Remote teams don't have office
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It's a good idea to have some sort of an office. It might be:
- coworking space
- favorite coffee shop
- dedicated room in your apartment
Myth: Remote teams are hyper productive
Photo by Anete Lūsiņaon on Unsplash
We're just people.
We have more and less productive days as everyone.
Don't stress out about feeling unproductive.
Your time is flexible - go for a walk now and work later.
Remote work isn't about being in the office for 8 hours a day.
It's about about getting sh*t done.
remote teams in denial.
Mobile Warsaw #74 | A Day in the Life of a Remote Developer
By Patryk Pawłowski