Welcome back to another issue of Remotely Interesting! We recently celebrated the 2nd birthday of this newsletter
- 2 years
- 35 issues
- 0 to 2,399 subscribers
Just want to take a moment to say thank you for all your support!
I will forever appreciate the time you take to read, reply, and share my work. Every time I considered stopping, a kind comment came my way and kept me going. You all are the best!
Here's to continuing the journey of revolutionizing how we live by changing how we work.
Where should I start?
With 35 articles to choose from, it might be hard to find what you're looking for. Here are my specific recommendations targeting common remote work concerns:
If you're looking to build healthy, fundamental remote work habits, I recommend starting here:
If you're struggling with too many meetings, check out these articles:
If you're dealing with burnout, you need to read this:
If you want to upgrade your workday, start the journey here:
Remember: Transforming your remote work experience doesn't happen overnight. Instead, it happens by experimenting and taking tiny incremental actions to gradually build your best work-life. Hopefully, these articles give you some ideas on actions you can experiment with.
Quote of the Week
In Other News
What does work-life balance mean in a changed work world?
'“There was this change where people realized it’s possible to also prioritize family or private life, even during work hours,” says Lupu. “Because if work intrudes on your family life – on your non-work time – why shouldn’t the opposite be OK?”'
Tech Holdouts Are Making Life Hell for Their Colleagues
'“The reason they want to have people back in the office is ‘fill in the blank,’ but usually it’s about how they feel like they don’t have their finger on the pulse of the organization, especially given the economic situation,” says Elliott, who heads Future Forum, an initiative launched in September 2020 to help companies grapple with the pandemic-accelerated shift away from an office-centric work culture. “But they’re missing out on the conversation because they’re not in the tools where people are having that conversation.”
He’s referring not only to messaging apps such as Slack, but also to collaboration tools including Google Docs, Microsoft Teams, Airtable and others tailored to specific industries. People were using these before the pandemic, but now, at many companies, universities and nonprofits, they’re the primary platform for communication and culture-building.
It’s leaders who aren’t using those tools who you’ll often find lamenting the post-pandemic decline in engagement and drop-off in productivity. Many of these bosses, depending on age, have never experienced forging a complex, trusting relationship online. They didn’t have AOL Instant Messenger or Tumblr friends; they can’t imagine meeting the love of their life on OkCupid or Tinder—just as younger workers might not be able to fathom building a friendship (or falling in love!) through snail mail.'
The Flow State Boot Up Sequence
"The Boot Up Sequence is a fixed set of actions and environmental cues that mentally and physically mark the start of your work session. While it can be used for any work session, I find it particularly impactful and valuable in priming for a deep work session (daily focused work on the "most important thing"). The Boot Up Sequence is built around the five senses: Touch, Taste, Sight, Sound, and Smell. Engaging each of these allows you to quickly and consistently enter your flow."
In Case You Missed It
What if your company paid you to take off for 7 weeks?
In case you missed the last newsletter issue, I profiled one person's experience with doing just that. Here's the inside look into a 7-week sabbatical including how they prepared, what they ended up doing, and what it was like to come back.
If you delete a person's meeting, you free them up for a day. If you teach them how to have effective meetings, you free them up for a lifetime. Better meetings ➡️ Less meetings ➡️ More time for what matters
February 6th 2023
Old Prestige: • Downtown corner office • Company car • Free office meals • Ping pong table New Prestige: • Flexible schedule • Living where you want • Choosing your coworkers • Working where you're inspired
February 17th 2023
Hot Take: Most people don't need more productivity hacks. They need to learn how to rest, disconnect, and have a life outside of work so they don't constantly burn out.
February 23rd 2023
Behind the Scenes
Shared why I don't dread doing my taxes:
February 16th 2023
Shared my lessons learned:
My newsletter, Remotely Interesting, is celebrating its 2nd birthday! 🥳 2 years 35 issues 0 ➡️ 2,399 subscribers Here's what I thought in the beginning vs now: pic.twitter.com/7DOYIPLAdo
February 24th 2023
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I truly appreciate you taking the time to read this. Hope you have a lovely day!
Founder, Remote Work Prep
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