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


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.

New services help digital nomads to organize life and work in a new destination


Many, many people dream of traveling and working on the go. It is easy to find thousands of blogs of digital nomads who roam the earth, staying in one place as long as they like (or a project requires) and working as freelancer programmers, designers, writers, or do any other work that can easily be outsourced and doesn’t require physical presence.
aspremont, nice, riviera, france
We have tried the nomad life and work ourselves in Europe, and we can confirm it is a tough, but exciting way of life. The first major obstacles in a new destination are finding a place to stay, securing a reliable 24/7 Internet connection, and figuring out how to move around in the region.

Since the number of digital nomads are rising, and many are heading to same cities where life is convenient and living costs reasonable, new businesses are emerging that are serving this rather unique customer segment. Here are a few new startups that can help nomads.

Nomad List. An interactive online service that lets you search for destinations based on wide range of attributes, like climate, cost of living, nightlife, and outdoors activities.

Surf Office. At the moment, Surf Office operates in Lisbon, Portugal and Gran Canaria, Spain. The concept is to provide workspace and accommodation for nomads in attractive locations. Surf Office has discovered the major headaches every traveler has when moving into a new location, and is trying to cure those headaches. Great idea.

Roam. A new startup business that, at the moment of writing this, only has one location in operation in Ubud, Bali. Preparations for opening spaces in Miami, Buenos Aires, Lisbon, and Kyoto are ongoing. Roam’s concept is to charge a fixed monthly fee ($1600) that gives you a private room to live in and communal workspace. You can book yourself into any location for the same monthly subscription fee.

Nomad House. Nomad life tends to be lonely life in a sense that you don’t meet your friends or relatives. You will meet plenty of people, but developing deep friendships is difficult if you stay for a couple of weeks or months in one place. That’s where Nomad House comes in. It is a place for travelers who want to live and work in a community. Current spaces are in Berlin, Bali, Bangkok, Siem Reap, and Javea (Alicante, Spain).

Via TNW.