1. Last week I did a meeting marathon : twice a day, far away from each other. As result I shipped almost nothing during the week. I took four days to work remotely and focus, and my backlog is now clear.
  2. Remote only works if the full team is distributed. If you're the lone wolf joining other teams in video calls, your difference slowly but surely makes you drift apart from the team.
  3. Today, in Jakarta, I found a great coworking space through Nomadlist. It's the best set-up I ever had (ergonomic chair, adjustable standing desk facing the window, etc.), and I only paid 7USD to stay here for the day. Meanwhile in Europe, I pay 10USD+ for a sub-par setup. I need to move.
  4. I'm lonely and it sucks.
  5. Productive remote work hours can often vary by type of role...Developers often like no distractions to allow them to crank on projects. Others, like community/marketing teams may prefer to be around people in an office environment. And others may like a combination! So this is where remote working can be a struggle. People finding a balance that works for them.
  6. Remote working has tons of benefits but a few things are difficult to handle.... - being on your own A LOT - Taxes - setting up yourself as a company & reporting - motivation - timezones
  7. I send detailed specs and information regarding projects through Slack, but my boss ignores all of it and has me re-explain everything on calls, only to later forget everything I said.
  8. I'm a huge advocate of remote working but I get waaay more done at the office.
  9. Mon: In the office, pulled into one distraction (read: meeting) after another. 5:00 approaches, I stress about my minuscule progress on real work. Tues - Thurs: Working from home, plowing through 2 weeks of backlog. I blast the boss' inbox with accomplishments. I feel awesome. Fri: Back in the office, my boss congratulates me on the great meetings that happened Monday. She asks where I was for all the meetings Tues, Wed, and Thurs. Wants me to work on being more available, these things are important.
  10. You know when a coworker writes something weird in Slack. Then you assume all day that they hate you.
  11. People that work remote are less productive than their peers in the office even though they will take every possible second to tell you how much better and more efficient it is.
  12. I'm paid for full time remote work, yet my productive hours are around 4 to 5 each day. I still deliver top quality code and I'm praised by the CTO. I still think I should be doing more, but I find it physically impossible.