How can you improve your remote work practices?
I like to keep it as simple as possible.
Since distractions are plentiful, working from home requires more self-discipline.
Each week I work for 48 hours, divided into twelve four-hour blocks.
If I feel distracted or unfocused I use the Pomodoro technique to split the work into smaller packages and take more breaks.
Most of the time I feel inspired and eager, so I just set the alarm to ring after four hours.
Otherwise I risk working until bed time.
Hardware wise, reliable internet connection is the most important for good experience.
Using appropriate video and audio equipment are hallmarks of a professional.
Neither breaks the bank while delivering high quality.
When it comes to software solutions, I try to use as few as possible.
Especially ones that require subscription.
Recurring revenue is great for business model innovation, but I do not like it as a user.
For managing and delivering work remotely I use:
- Interlink Mail & News (fork of Mozilla Thunderbird) for calendar planning and recurring tasks.
- Basecamp (free personal account) for project management, documentation, daily and weekly reflections.
- Zoom (both free and Pro account) for remote coaching and workshops.
- Google Jamboard (free web app) for whiteboard sessions.
- Whatever client uses – e.g. Slack, Microsoft Teams, Trello, Jira...
It's difficult to imagine better time to improve your own remote work practices – especially when it takes so little to get dramatically better!