Podcast, Remote Working

Managing Yourself as a Human Being When Working Remotely – Brad Jasper – Remote Habits

Working remotely can very often represent a deep and unexpected challenge to the remote employee, and developing healthy habits to coexist and maintain a fresh balance in life is key. A remote job, more than a position, is a lifestyle on its own because our job latches onto our everyday personal space and it is harder to delimit boundaries compared to having a fixed position in a local office. It is At that moment when we fail to set healthy habits for ourselves, and we lose track of our circles, our social interactions, our physical health, and we slowly phase out of keeping things fresh and proficient. 

In today’s podcast, we are going to have the opportunity to hear all about the experiences that our guest Brad Jasper has collected through extensive years working as a product developer, freelancer, and consultant. Brad himself is the creator of Remote Habits, an amazingly helpful online community that is focused on sharing key lessons and learnings and healthy practices for remote employees. Our guest had the opportunity to work in a very diverse set of environments, various working positions and also as an entrepreneur on his own, all of which allowed him to develop a deeper sense and impression about the challenges that this style of work comes with and how to employ and make clear use of said elements and lessons to help other professionals who are venturing in this path or that are currently working as a remote employee.

Habits for Remote Workers 

For a lot of individuals, it's hard to be able to create routines or habits that allow you to keep a healthy lifestyle. Organizing and properly scheduling their routine, so they still have spare time to do things that they are passionate about can sometimes represent a big challenge in terms of consistency and constancy. 

Having a broader scope of flexibility in your work and personal life is quite a double-edged sword, on one side there’s quite a large amount of time and convenience at your disposal, but on the other — not being careful with what we fill this time with can turn into a slippery slope of bad habits that slowly but surely degrades our work and life experiences as a whole. Because of this, having the time and disposal requires us to keep our social circles warm and attended; “I've been kind of working on the online work relationships for as long as I've, you know, been online and working. And it's not enough to just have that, you really do need the local relationships. And so, it's great to now have a broader social circle, and it's great if those people are in your city […] But even if I hadn't noticed that you know, we really are social animals, we really do need humans, and it's wonderful for us. And so, once you kind of go through that you realize you have got to find something, whatever it is, maybe it's a sports activity that gets you out there. Maybe it's a book club, maybe it's a game night, maybe it's meetups, maybe it's just go grabbing drinks with friends, coffee, you know, whatever it is, but you have to find something that kind of forces you to do that stuff. And this is it easier for some people than others. You know, for introverts, this is something that you really got to push yourself to do, I think.”

Meeting New People

While working in an office is easy to create a network to connect with, your co-workers can easily become your friends and people you surround yourself with off-work hours, but working or deciding to work as a freelancer or remote worker means you’ll lose that as part of your work life, which means the remote employee needs to act proactively to build that network as much as possible. 

Remote work positions are on the rise, and so is the risk of isolating ourselves from a lot of social elements that we take for granted when working in a more common environment, so he gave us certain advice on how to avoid that by “putting yourself out there and the networks that you want to be involved in, make yourself visible people will come to you. And then you'll kind of find those connections a lot of times online”, meetups are a great way to meet people; having hobbies, passions, and places to attend to are a great way of inserting activities in your everyday life that can work as an environment to meet people who are passionate about the same things as you. These are amazing opportunities to create friends, find clients or even business partners, being proactive about writing and putting things out there and telling your story online can attract like-minded people. To Brad, it’s all about taking steps outside our comfort zone and just reaching out to people. 

Not a Lifestyle for Everyone

We should keep in mind that certain personalities adapt better than others to this remote working lifestyle, so we have asked ourselves if we have the capacity to spend time by ourselves or if we need to be surrounded by people to find a position of social comfort — “I think certain personality types definitely do better than others. I would actually think extroverts would be one of the ones that might actually struggle a little more in this case, because you'd have to find those replacements. Maybe the co-working space is a good fit for people like that. […] I do think people can learn, I think it really depends on how the companies are working with them. But I think you'd have to be somebody that can self govern a bit. You can be had some self-discipline, something that I've kind of had to build. So I think that it shows that you can still build it, but I think that's there're certain things that just make it significantly easier. So Being able to, to have a little of solitude or, you know, being by yourself for extended periods of time again, if you don't like that, there are still things you could probably do like co-working space, things like that. So I think in general, it probably works better for kind of like the deep knowledge work, you know, writers, pro-people who need to spend large amounts of time kind of deep and work. I think it tends to work best for those kinds of professions.” 

Sharing is Caring

Remote Habits was built out of the idea that there should be better ways for people to switch into remote work, as a tool with real remote workers behind that can advise you on the possible doubts you could have in this type of work, plus as a way to connect with other remote workers, to share stories, experiences, tips, and habits. It has worked as a way to survey on common topics in this working network or for people outside remote work. If you’re interested in learning more about these experiences head over to www.remotehabits.com and connect with people, ask questions, get tips — Remote Habits will get any remote worker the resources needed to start off their path the right way and get to know amazing people along the way.

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