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Almost everyone loves to work remotely, but how to ensure those daily hours are productive?

2019-03-10

Many professionals, for instance, writers, artists, and designers have been working remotely – alone at home or in a study near home – for ages. It has been considered something that came with the profession. Recently knowledge workers who commuted daily to an office have realized that they could do the same as long as they had a decent internet connection. The trend and desire for remote work is strong. But how to manage working alone when there are no scheduled breaks or office hours?
man working in home office. photo by Manny Pantoja.
Buffer, an enterprise that provides tools for social media, has published a survey State of Remote Work 2019 that highlights the pros and cons of working out of office. The key finding is that those professionals who have taken the step, and are working remotely, wholeheartedly agree that it is something they want to do now and in the future. 99% of remote workers want to work remotely.
remote work survey 2019 by Buffer
The Buffer survey was based on 2471 answers submitted by remote workers primarily in North America and in Europe. The majority of respondents work in IT, services and marketing industries.

The benefits of working remotely

remote work benefits by Buffer
Remote workers consider the biggest benefits for staying away from the office are flexible schedule and the possibility to work anywhere they want. This also explains the rise of the trend of digital nomads – professionals who travel the world while working remotely.

A word of warning from our own experience is the third most popular reason for remote work in Buffer survey: time with family. It should never be the reason to work at home. If you want to spend time with your family you can’t work. It is that simple.

The major concern is working too much

Distractions that slow down productive work, lack of face-to-face social contacts during a work day, and poor support of colleagues are challenges for some remote workers, whereas others are not bothered at all with these issues. The Buffer survey discovered that unplugging after work really is the biggest concern for remote workers.
challenges of remote work by Buffer
It is easy to agree with this. Knowing when to stop working, staying away from work, and actually doing completely something else that refreshes the mind and body require discipline.

How to structure a productive day of remote work?

Every remote worker I know is constantly thinking of ways to improve their productivity. For entrepreneurs it may mean outsourcing tasks to subcontractors, for freelancers it may mean getting better tools, for writers and photographers it may mean going out to the street to find new ideas and perspectives to their stories.

Above all, making remote work productive requires that the lone professional takes regular breaks. Quartz reports about a study by Draugiem Group that tracked employees’ work patterns with an application. It measured the time employees used on various tasks and compared this to their actual productivity.

The ideal schedule for productivity in knowledge work is 52 minutes of work, and a break of 17 minutes. It was discovered as the optimal timing for a maximum level of focus in work.
Employees who followed the schedule of an hour of work, a quarter of break didn’t check Facebook and weren’t distracted by social media.
During short breaks, they completely separated themselves from work. This helped the employees to conduct another productive hour of work.

The study discovered another fascinating thing: the hours worked during a day didn’t matter much. The most important thing was how they structured their day. People who were consistent about taking short breaks were far more productive than others who worked longer hours.

Ebook news digest: where writers work, photography from above, survival tips after disappointing book sales

2017-08-24

News on ebooks, writing and photography

writing tools, photo by Reuben Ingber (Flickr)
The Rooms Where Writers Work
The New York Times

Romantic images of writers typing in an attic at night, or in a solitude of a wilderness cabin are mostly only romantic visions. Most writers create a dedicated space for themselves where they can work undisturbed. Probably the most common place is the writer’s own house. The New York Times has visited a few writers and asked them to show where they work.

How to Take Photographs From a Helicopter
Fstoppers

It is a rare opportunity to get onboard on a helicopter to shoot pictures. A photographer tells about his first helicopter ride that prompted him to write 10 tips for helicopter photography.

What Are Book Cover Designers and Editors Earning? The Freelance Reality
Publishing Perspectives

Book publishing industry relies freelancers on many tasks. Cover designers, editors, proofreaders and many other professionals work for the industry as independent contractors. The article has some pointers to the level of fees paid in the industry.

Library map of the world
IFLA

Statistics on libraries across the globe projected on a world map.

7 Reasons To Smile When Your Book Is Not a Bestseller
The Creative Penn

Thank you for this article Julia Schooler! It can save a day for so many writers. Perhaps the best way to thank you is to buy your book.

The winners of the 4th annual International Drone Photography Contest
Dronestagram

Drone photography is one of most exciting forms of travel photography that is still so new that we will see a lot of development in the technology (and in restrictions) during the next few years. Dronestagram is the online album for drone photographers. The annual photography contest awards have been chosen, and again, the images are fantastic.

Engineers who can cook have a secret
Klaava

The nerds and the geeks who can cook have read the Engineer’s Cookbook. The book explains the secrets of cooking the way that techies can understand.

After more than half a century, The Village Voice is closing its print edition
Poynter

The Village Voice “plans to maintain its iconic progressive brand with its digital platform and a variety of new editorial initiatives and a full slate of events that will include The Obie Awards and The Pride Awards.” Yes, digital is the future.

Amazon’s TenMarks releases a new curriculum for educators that teaches kids writing using digital assistants, text messaging and more
Techcrunch

Smart tools for children’s writing classes.

Here are the countries where you have plenty of colleagues who also provide professional services online

2017-07-27

If you are a writer or a freelancer providing writing-related services, like translation, editing, or proofreading, and you manage your assignments through online services, you know how global the business is. Many other professionals, such as programmers, graphic designers, and photographers also sell their services on global online freelance platforms. If you have ever wondered where these different types of professionals are located, now there is a map for that.

Vili Lehdonvirta at the Oxford Internet Institute has collected data from various online freelancing services, and put together graphs that show where professionals are participating in remote work processes and projects, and in which countries specific type of work is performed.
Online Labour Index, Oxford University, Vili Lehdonvirta
The statistics, titled Online Labour Index, shows which skills regions and countries are providing to the global market. For instance, the most common type of remote work in the United States is writing and translation. Indian subcontinent is a major supplier of software development and technology skills. Europe is divided in north, south and central regions that provide different types of services.

The largest supplier of online labour is the traditional outsourcing destination India, which is home to 24 percent of all the workers observed. India is followed by Bangladesh (16 %) and United States (12 %).

The software development and technology work category is dominated by workers in the Indian subcontinent, who command a 55 percent market share. The professional services category, which consists of services such as accounting, legal services, and business consulting, is led by professionals based in the UK with a 22 percent market share.
Online Labour Index, Oxford University, Vili Lehdonvirta
The data for the statistics was collected from four large online professional service trading platforms, also known as online freelancing or online outsourcing platforms: Fiverr, Freelancer, Guru, and PeoplePerHour. They are English-language platforms, meaning that non-English-speaking countries are likely to be underrepresented in the figures. Many freelance service platforms exist in other languages, but English-language platforms are the primary ones in international trade. Internet traffic statistics indicate that the four mentioned sites represent at least 40 percent of the global market for platform-based online work. The figures are likely to give a good indication of the overall market, and particularly which skills regions and countries provide to the global market.

Find out more graphs and data from Vili Lehdonvirta’s article at the Unversity of Oxford web site.