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Video: Porto, Portugal Travel Diary

First of all, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who helped me secure the /SheNomads URL on YouTube! Now that I’ve got it, I’ll be posting videos every other Thursday. Once I get better at the design aspect (my thumbnail still feels slightly off and I’d like to get better at editing ), I’ll bump it up to every Thursday. If you prefer to read about my experience, I’ve written a few things about how much I love working from Porto, Portugal. If audio is your thing, listen to this on Bumpers (link below), or iTunes.  I have this thing called the SheNomads BlogCast, where I open a bottle of wine and record myself chatting about topics on the blog.  Thursdays are always fun 🙂

Q + A: Managing Your Time as a Remote Worker

This question came from LinkedIn: “I suppose I’d like to know how to manage your time, both tracking your hours to your employer and time management for myself.” My number one tip for tracking your hours: get a stack of post-its. Let’s pretend you’re working from Oslo, Norway, or Porto, Portugal .  Your team lead/boss is in Chicago.  But, the rest of your team is scattered across California. On your post-it, make room for 3 columns: Where you are, where your boss is, and what you want to do. So in this example, it would be “Porto”, “Chi”, and “Task”.  Put the time you start through the time you finish work in the “Porto” column.  Convert the time that it will be in Chicago, and add it to that column.  Put the task you want to accomplish in each column.  Typically I’ll only put the big stuff, like “Daily Stand” and…

Video: Remote Work X Travel

It’s 3 am and I’m sitting in the lobby of a hotel in Barcelona.  I’m (mostly) packed, and ready to fly to San Francisco in the morning.  I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to make a short video that has some shots I took from Norway, Portugal, and Spain. I loved editing this, which is funny because I don’t enjoy editing the podcast. Since this is something I like doing, I’m going to try and publish a weekly video on Fridays. I also have a ton of footage, so I’ll have plenty to keep me busy on my long flight home. Now I’m going to take a nap before my flight 🙂

Working Remotely From Porto, Portugal

The District of Porto is located on the north-west coast of Portugal.  I spent 3 weeks working there; primarily in Porto, the capital, and Matosinhos, a city on the beach. Where to Work If you like coworking spaces, let me introduce you to Porto I/O.  I got to work from all 3 locations.  They have one in downtown Porto near shops and cafes, one that sits on the river, and another which is steps from the beach. This is a shot from the seaside location, which is technically in Matosinhos, but still in the Porto district. This is one of my favorite co-working spaces. @portoio has fast wifi, good people running it, and the people are there to put in work. pic.twitter.com/Zc8MEWfAo4 — SheNomads (@SheNomads) September 26, 2017 If you prefer cafes, there is this cute, 3 story place named Moustache on Praça de Carlos Alberto 104, 4050-158 Porto. If you’re…

I’m Starting a Mentorship Program for Underrepresented People in Tech

Update: Applications are open! Details on how to apply here. I remember when I made the decision to quit my bartending job and focus on writing code full time. It was 4 am, and I was standing behind the front bar of a busy Wicker Park club, wearing a blue wig.  The theme of the party I was bartending was “Fight or Flight”, so I was dressed like Brittany Spears from the toxic video.  The dance floor was packed with people dressed like pilots, flight attendants, boxers, and ninjas. I felt like I understood some basics of Ruby, Python, and other languages that I’d been teaching myself, but something was missing. I didn’t know how to put it all together to write code like a professional would. I turned around to my friend Shaun who was a software engineer and told him my plan.  To celebrate, he bought a round of shots for everyone…

Instagram Live #1: Remote Interviews, Switching Careers and Finding Jobs

I thought I was going to be babysitting on my lunch break (one of the perks of working from my parent’s house this week) but turns out my expert auntie services weren’t needed.  So, I decided to do a quick Q and A on Instagram Live. Q1: So I got my certificate in web dev and I’m studying CS, but I am trying to find a creative role in tech that fits me. I haven’t applied to anything yet but everything I look at seems to want you to have lots of experience (I’m a newbie) and it seems like I have to be in an office. I don’t want boredom to run me away from my interest. Can you give me a few pointers/advice? I’m a tech girl but more than anything a creative. My main point of advice here was to think about the companies you’re applying to, and…

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, Norway

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”.…