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3 Tips for Working from Home

When I first started working from home, I felt a little overwhelmed with my change in routine.  I wasn’t getting up at the same time, my work schedule depended on what was going on in the west coast office, and I didn’t feel like I had a real office.  Instead of working with a good balance of healthy breaks, I felt like I was either working too much or not enough. Now don’t get me wrong: there were things about it that were positive from the get go.  I was saving hundreds of dollars per month because I didn’t have to pay for transportation and expensive River North lunches.  I was exploring my neighborhood more, and using the time I would have spent on the train to work out. But this post is about things that I wish I would have known when I started working from home. 1. Get a decent setup…

Managing Remote Teams with Rachel Hands

{ Episode 31 } Rachel is a life saver. I had an interview with a digital nomad couple that I was really excited about (they met on Tinder and have been traveling the world together ever since), but they had to cancel last minute. It happens! Especially when trying to coordinate across time zones and flights. I sent out a call for help on Twitter and Instagram, and one of the first people who answered was Rachel Hands, Senior Manager of Client Administrations at PatronManager. Rachel was a fantastic fit for the podcast because you all have been asking more question about remote work from a manager’s perspective. Some of you want to start implementing remote teams at your companies.  Many of you want to know what you can do to meet the expectations of a remote manager. What we talked about: What do remote managers look for in employees? What…

Working Remotely from Oslo

Hello, happy Saturday! I just got back from Oslo, and I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what it’s like to work there.  When most people think about hopping on a plane and working remotely for a few weeks, they think of Chiang Mai, Budapest, Berlin… not Oslo.  I get it; I was thinking the same thing before I arrived. Last year I spent a few months working while traveling (Manchester, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon).  I was supposed to stay in Oslo for two days, just to catch my flight back to Chicago. When I went to leave for my flight home, I realized that I was staying at a hotel at the wrong airport.  I had flown into the main airport in Oslo.  My flight out of Norway was so far that It would have cost me the price of another plane ticket home ($400 USD…I’m great…

3 Tips for Making the Most out of a Workcation

So, what is a workcation?   It’s when you blend work with vacation; no surprises there.  It might be for two days or two months.   Either way, the expectation is that you’ll be running around a new city, town, or island having adventures and taking in the local culture when you’re not working.    Most people I’ve talked to who blend work and travel have the same problem I do. We work too much. People approach a workcation with the “I have to impress my boss” mindset,  so they end up overworking.   Working too much + jet lag = some serious burnout. Most digital nomads, remote workers, and location independent folks I’ve met aren’t sitting on a beach somewhere, trying to trick our managers into thinking we are working.  Nah.  We are actively putting in work!  Now let’s be real.  Part of the word “workcation” includes the word “work”.…

5 Tools Every Developer Needs to Remote Pair

When I landed my first remote job, I had no idea what I was doing. I just knew that I wanted to mix work with travel. Why work in my apartment in Chicago when I could work from a co-working space in Barcelona, or Bucharest? As long as I had access to wifi and coffee, how hard could it be? From a technical standpoint, I knew I needed to figure out how was I going to log in to work every day and be successful. The company I had just accepted an offer from had a pair programming policy: they did it a lot. Would I be as productive as I was working in an office? And what tools would I use to ensure my success as the newbie on the team? To get answers to my tech questions, and some travel ones too, I decided to start a podcast.…