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July 20, 2020

What Job Habits Can Increase Productivity For Remote Developers

Things to be aware of before embarking on a remote career and embracing the nomad lifestyle.
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Many bloggers today write about the benefits of being able to travel and work remotely when they want to. Indeed, whole organizations have dedicated their mission to working with a travelling cohort that does everything from advertising, to consulting, to digital marketing for a variety of clients. These organizations often post pictures of their staff in exotic locations like Bali—a geographic area that has become a huge ex-pat scene especially for Australian and American nationals. In response, viewers identity these organizations and employees as lucky to work in such a freedom-filled industry. The growth of remote working, and the lifestyle associated with it begs many questions though. This article is dedicated to understanding and demystifying some of the job habits of remote workers, especially with regard to the tech industry.

The era of remote work is coming

In recent years, the line has been blurred between professional and social life with the advent of such technology interfacing in most modern jobs. This can be traced to the second and third models of the iPhone, and also the BlackBerry Storm, introduced in the 2008, around the time when suddenly email was available on our phones, which meant that email, and working potential, was available wherever we went, even if we were at a relatives house during the holidays or on a family vacation. Work started to travel with us.

The economy might have weakened in some sectors in the U.S., such as manufacturing, but increasingly start-up culture, IT, web development, digital marketing, and entrepreurialism in many forms dominate market shares in the U.S., E.U and Asian markets in the early 2000s.

This trend toward digital work, which can mean everything from having to work on a Google Drive sporadically throughout the week, even when you home with your kids, to building an entire website from scratch and spending much of the working week engaged with a device.

According to a New York Times Op-Ed even as early as 2001, “Work has become transportable and ubiquitous, almost a state of mind…Work is where you are.”

Good Habits of Remote Developers

Remote developers have been in serious demand, and this category of employees or contractors applies heavily to the new working dynamic of today. Common issues associated with remote developers are fatigue, lack of trust from higher ups, and feelings of distraction and disengagement from not being in a standard office environment.

Here are some major tips to develop better workplace habits, no matter where you are in the globe:

1. Have a simple workspace. Remote workers encounter lots of problems with a work environment that is too noisy, too cramped, and too disorganized. One remote worker who spends lots of time travelling abroad says he rents an Airbnb for about a month at a time to avoid having to pick up his luggage all the time and feel settled.

2. Engage with new ecosystems. Without establishing some type of routine where you get outside and interact with nature, fatigue can set in very easily while working a remote job. One of the incentives of being a “digital nomad” is that the exposure to new cultures every couple of months inspires these workers to keep working, to finance their travel habits.

3. Set times with your boss to talk about KPIs. While travelling and remote working, it can become a little stressful or even disorienting to have to report back to a boss in a totally different time zone. Keeping an organized calendar and being honest with your higher ups about optimal times to hop on videoconference will enhance your work/life flow.

4. Have activities to spur creative growth. It is important to not box yourself in when you are working a new job as a developer. Tasks that become tedious and repetitive need to be met with outlets outside of work that spur creative growth. This process will help developers during lengthy projects build, and understand, boundaries between work and play. Outlets that take our minds off work for an allotted period of time also help us “refresh” when we do get back to the computer screen.

5. Staying engaged with family members to increase a sense of belonging. A remote worker in Bali, who was freelancing during the summer of 2017, told me that her experience was beautiful and networking events were just minutes away, but leaving the island and returning to her native Italy was what she needed after a long summer. This remote worker mentioned that eventually “you have to leave paradise and return home”.

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Michael Robbins
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Michael is a writer that helps organizations align their mission and values to a wide audience.

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DevelopersJuly 20, 2020
What Job Habits Can Increase Productivity For Remote Developers
Things to be aware of before embarking on a remote career and embracing the nomad lifestyle.

Many bloggers today write about the benefits of being able to travel and work remotely when they want to. Indeed, whole organizations have dedicated their mission to working with a travelling cohort that does everything from advertising, to consulting, to digital marketing for a variety of clients. These organizations often post pictures of their staff in exotic locations like Bali—a geographic area that has become a huge ex-pat scene especially for Australian and American nationals. In response, viewers identity these organizations and employees as lucky to work in such a freedom-filled industry. The growth of remote working, and the lifestyle associated with it begs many questions though. This article is dedicated to understanding and demystifying some of the job habits of remote workers, especially with regard to the tech industry.

The era of remote work is coming

In recent years, the line has been blurred between professional and social life with the advent of such technology interfacing in most modern jobs. This can be traced to the second and third models of the iPhone, and also the BlackBerry Storm, introduced in the 2008, around the time when suddenly email was available on our phones, which meant that email, and working potential, was available wherever we went, even if we were at a relatives house during the holidays or on a family vacation. Work started to travel with us.

The economy might have weakened in some sectors in the U.S., such as manufacturing, but increasingly start-up culture, IT, web development, digital marketing, and entrepreurialism in many forms dominate market shares in the U.S., E.U and Asian markets in the early 2000s.

This trend toward digital work, which can mean everything from having to work on a Google Drive sporadically throughout the week, even when you home with your kids, to building an entire website from scratch and spending much of the working week engaged with a device.

According to a New York Times Op-Ed even as early as 2001, “Work has become transportable and ubiquitous, almost a state of mind…Work is where you are.”

Good Habits of Remote Developers

Remote developers have been in serious demand, and this category of employees or contractors applies heavily to the new working dynamic of today. Common issues associated with remote developers are fatigue, lack of trust from higher ups, and feelings of distraction and disengagement from not being in a standard office environment.

Here are some major tips to develop better workplace habits, no matter where you are in the globe:

1. Have a simple workspace. Remote workers encounter lots of problems with a work environment that is too noisy, too cramped, and too disorganized. One remote worker who spends lots of time travelling abroad says he rents an Airbnb for about a month at a time to avoid having to pick up his luggage all the time and feel settled.

2. Engage with new ecosystems. Without establishing some type of routine where you get outside and interact with nature, fatigue can set in very easily while working a remote job. One of the incentives of being a “digital nomad” is that the exposure to new cultures every couple of months inspires these workers to keep working, to finance their travel habits.

3. Set times with your boss to talk about KPIs. While travelling and remote working, it can become a little stressful or even disorienting to have to report back to a boss in a totally different time zone. Keeping an organized calendar and being honest with your higher ups about optimal times to hop on videoconference will enhance your work/life flow.

4. Have activities to spur creative growth. It is important to not box yourself in when you are working a new job as a developer. Tasks that become tedious and repetitive need to be met with outlets outside of work that spur creative growth. This process will help developers during lengthy projects build, and understand, boundaries between work and play. Outlets that take our minds off work for an allotted period of time also help us “refresh” when we do get back to the computer screen.

5. Staying engaged with family members to increase a sense of belonging. A remote worker in Bali, who was freelancing during the summer of 2017, told me that her experience was beautiful and networking events were just minutes away, but leaving the island and returning to her native Italy was what she needed after a long summer. This remote worker mentioned that eventually “you have to leave paradise and return home”.

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Michael Robbins -Writer
Michael is a writer that helps organizations align their mission and values to a wide audience.

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