In the last few months, remote work has gradually gained more importance in our lives and we’ve seen our habits change drastically. Although it brings a lot of positive aspects, both for the employees and the company, such as more freedom to tackle your professional and personal life, saving money, less commuting time and therefore, more time for yourself, it can also be challenging to manage at times.

As Software Developers, you adapt easily. It comes with the job — considering you work in such a fast-paced industry, your ability to react and change rapidly is higher than of the usual human.

Despite all the challenges, at Load, we follow some basic principles that allow us all to be equally productive, responsive, and cooperative.

Tip 1: Your setup changed, but your work obligations didn’t.

It is crucial to remember that no matter where you are, you still keep the same duties. Keep showing up as if you were going to the office. Wake-up at the same time, eat your fruits, get dressed, and keep rolling.

Tip 2: Make sure everyone in your house understands that you are working.

Okay, so this tip is a bit more difficult to keep, especially if you have kids at home who seek your attention every two seconds, right? Generally, life happens, unpredictable situations occur and sometimes you will be forced out of your working space, BUT try to explain to the people you live with that you are not just spending your time pretending to code.

This sounds like a very obvious tip, but maintaining solid communication at home makes it much easier for you at work.

Tip 3: Keep your communication channels always open & be a good communicator.

Just because you are far from each other, it doesn’t mean you should stop exchanging ideas and having a laugh with the rest of the team. As a matter of fact, you must find opportunities to engage. Your distance should be the least of your barriers.

Make an effort to be a good communicator. At times, all we want to say is “okay”, “yes” or “it’ll be done”, but in remote projects, you should remember that feedback is one of the most important factors for successful results. Do not spare your words.

Tip 4: Put all your distractions away.

A bit obvious, isn’t it? Right. But seriously, put all your distractions away. By distractions, we mean PS4, Steam, magical bed, Narnia fridge. Maybe even wives and hubbies. Just kidding. Keep those. We want you to work, not to be unhappy.

Make sure you work in a clean and organized environment. Clear space, clear mind.

Tip 5: Prioritize your tasks.

You are not a superhero. Make sure you prioritize your work. Each person has its’ own working systems, but here are some general easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy ideas:

  • to-do lists
  • color code your tasks from urgent to less important in sticky-notes. If you are a visual person, this should work for you
  • block tasks on your calendar
  • using the Pomodoro technique, if necessary. This will help you to manage your time more efficiently

Remember: not all meetings are important. Know where and when you’re needed.

Tip 6: Take those healthy breaks.

Knowing when to take a break is crucial. Allow yourself to have little pleasures along the way. Go take a walk, make a 20-minute exercise (we don’t want you having a Quasimodo posture), read some pages from a long-forgotten book, listen to some good music, or just stop for a while and breathe.

Know where your personal life begins. Boundaries are crucial.

Tip 7: When you can’t be together, be creative 🕺🏼.

To be honest with you, we wanted to post a team photo of us having a toast together remotely at the end of the working week BUT, when the time comes to screenshot, we simply forget. Every single time. Sorry, but we’re not sorry.
The whole team gets so entertained in the conversation that priorities change and we just stay focused on each other. We share some stories, have a laugh together, and finally get the opportunity to truly relax and connect.
Remember, staying connected to the rest of your team is halfway through to having a positive working environment and keeping the motivations level high.

Enjoy the process, stay focused, and communicate. The rest will come naturally.

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