Ask DN: Anyone work remotely now?

8 years ago from , Product designer at Funding Societies

Working remotely sounds very fantastic to me. Does anyone has any kind of experience about remote work to share? Thanks a lot!


  • Keaton TaylorKeaton Taylor, 8 years ago

    I work remotely now. because of the size of my family and my general time restraints around life itself I dont know if I'll ever be able to go back to a legit office.

    Advice: set up a schedule and live by it. I have a series of alarms on my phone that go off for different things throughout the day. It helps me keep focused and live inside measurable limits.

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  • Ning T, 8 years ago

    I work 100% remotely. It's a great situation but to be frank, you really need a lot of discipline. Everyone around me thinks that my working situation is kind of like a paradise of freedom. In a way, that's true because I have the flexibility of rearranging my schedule according to what works for me. But on the other hand, I'm putting even more constraints on myself just to get the most out of the work day. What's more, my partner works 9-18 at the office, so to actually have time for him I eventually find myself coordinating with his schedule even though I'm definitely more productive and creative in the evenings. Like I said, discipline and finding out what works for you and sticking with it. If you have that, go for it. For sure, I can't imagine going back to an office ever again.

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  • Nelson TarucNelson Taruc, 8 years ago

    I work remotely between 30-100% of the time depending on schedule. Obviously tools such as Slack and Sococo are vital to ensure open communication.

    Like others have said, you need a quiet zone, ideally a room with a door to shut out noise. You also need a schedule and a bulletproof status update tool so other team members know how/when to reach you quickly.

    Most important, remote work isolates you physically and mentally, so make it a point to "chat up" co-workers socially, or at the very least, take breaks to go outside every couple of hours.

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  • Jason CalleiroJason Calleiro, 8 years ago

    Before I started my own business, it was great. It's allowed me to travel/spend more time with my family and actually be more productive. At first I was worried about losing the team/friendship vibe of working at an office, but with tools like slack/hangouts, it fills that void pretty well.

    One piece of advice is to make sure you have a spot wherever you are that you can zone out and get work done.

    I have a large family, so for me that meant that I actually left the house and setup at a coffeeshop nearby almost everyday.

    I hope that helps a little and Good Luck!

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  • Mike WickettMike Wickett, 8 years ago

    Echoing previous commenters, working remotely can be fantastic if you make sure to set strong constraints around interruptions and intrusions. It's easy to get sidetracked, especially by family members. Good luck!

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