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9-5, Monday-Friday, in-person office work are all relics of the past. This thoughtful newsletter helps you reflect on your current way of life and create actionable steps for a more intentional future. Let's revolutionize how you live by changing how you work.

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Standups are outdated. Do this instead...

Hey there, We're back after a 3-month hiatus. Hope you are well and apologies for my absence! While the media has been busy proclaiming "remote work is dead", my business has been growing like crazy. Haven't had a single free moment to write over these last couple of months 😅 Today, I'm back with the much-requested topic of why standups are outdated. This is a two-part issue. First, we'll discuss why standups suck and what you can do instead. Then, in the next issue, I'll dive into one of...

7 months ago • 9 min read
Happy 2nd Birthday

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....

11 months ago • 9 min read
Person thinking about resting, reading, working out, and taking care of themselves

Welcome back to another issue of Remotely Interesting! This week, we have something different. I'm kicking off a new series this year on uncommon but innovative benefits. In case you missed it, we did a series of Work Style interviews last year, profiling people with untraditional workdays. This latest series will be similar in that it will be occasional features over the next year with the goal of helping you see what unique benefits are out there and spark new ideas. This first benefit...

12 months ago • 12 min read
Person cutting off an anchor from themselves

Hey there, quick note, thank you to everyone who registered to join the Work Forward Society, a community for people who want to end bad meetings and explore working async-first. Doors have closed to the founding membership. I was aiming to have 10 people join, but instead, we have 28 amazing founding members 🤯 If you want to be notified when the membership reopens, you can sign up for the waitlist here. When I ask people about the differences between remote and office work, they typically...

about 1 year ago • 8 min read
Four people with various energy levels shown in a battery

Hey there, quick note, thank you all for your responses to the last issue! Excited to announce I'm launching a community for remote workers who want to end bad meetings. We'll explore how to work in an async-first way without degrading communication and productivity. Members will get access to a community forum, weekly chat Q&A, and monthly live office hours to get your questions answered by experts (first event happening this month). The membership will start at $199/year. However, if you'd...

about 1 year ago • 6 min read
Loading image with 2022 on the left and 2023 on the right

Last year wasn't at all what I expected. It wasn't what I wanted, but it was what I needed. Here's a look into what happened:​ Read this on the web | Subscribe​ Life Events Walking again I started the year barely being able to walk across my house and only with debilitating pain. It had been 5 months since my 2021 foot injury, and I was not getting better. I ended the year not only able to walk normally without pain but also able to do 30 minutes of daily upright exercise. To anyone else,...

about 1 year ago • 7 min read
Person editing a calendar

Working in a healthy async-first style starts with becoming better at meetings. People often think async-first work is just about removing meetings, but that's a common misconception. Async-first is actually about using meetings for what they were meant for instead of by default. But you can't switch to this way of thinking if you don't know how to have an effective meeting in the first place. After working with dozens of clients on this transition for the last four years, I've found the...

about 1 year ago • 8 min read
People connecting and helping each other virtually from all over the world

Hey there, one quick note: So amazed that 1.5 years in and 29 issues later, we recently hit 2,000 subscribers! Thank you all for joining me in the movement to rethink how we do work! I've consulted with dozens of remote companies since 2018, and one question continues to come up again and again: I love remote work, but I miss the serendipitous moments in the office when I caught up with a coworker while getting coffee and had a breakthrough. How do I make this happen remotely?" Let's dive...

over 1 year ago • 6 min read
Marie Poulin sitting and laughing in front of a fireplace

Welcome to the next profile in our Work Styles series! In each profile, we highlight one person's untraditional workday. You'll get an inside look at alternatives to the traditional 9-5, Monday-Friday schedule (and maybe pick up something new to try). Today, we're featuring the lovely and talented Marie Poulin! Marie is the co-founder of Oki Doki and creator of Notion Mastery. At 37, she was diagnosed with ADHD and is passionate about helping folks customize their workflows and workspaces to...

over 1 year ago • 4 min read
When we should take a break (fuel gage at medium) vs. when we actually take a break (fuel gage at empty). Photo by Liz and Mollie

Rest is not the opposite of work. It's an integral piece of great work. Our best ideas don't come from working non-stop. Our best ideas show up when you take a shower, go for a walk, sleep, etc. Yet, when we need to get something done, our default instinct is to hustle harder, which leaves us feeling burned out and uninspired. It's time we stop utilizing rest as a last resort and instead recognize what a critical part rest plays in great work. When I talk about integrating rest into work,...

over 1 year ago • 8 min read
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