Many people imagine remote workers’ day as a succession of hobbies. This is not what remote work is.
Many people imagine remote workers’ day as a succession of hobbies. Best case scenario? A few emails would be sent among those PlayStation 4 gaming sessions or binge-watching on Netflix...
But you are not like these people. You don't have these clichés in mind. You just want to know what a day in the life of a remote worker looks like.
So, welcome to my world.
The past months were tough.
I'm a man in my thirties, living in the beloved or hated country of France. South East Asia is only a sweet memory since I had my first child last year.
Another important data: I'm able to work & live remotely writing content for French media and brands.
Keep in mind, there is no such thing as a regular day for a remote worker.
Stop taking too seriously all the routines that might exist on the trendy blogs of some big remote work companies: maximize your productivity, morning routine, perfect day...
You're here to get a testimonial from a remote worker who thinks he knows what he's doing. You'll get it.
So here's my day which could be described as productive enough. Be aware: that's what works for me, it may not work for you.
My days are finally quite long (7 hours) for a remote worker but in actual productive hours, we're around 5 a day. Which is always more than the basic office employee.
Once I'm done, it's really over. Wi-Fi off, enough screen for the day, time to enjoy my people.
I wanted to sound unconventional at the beginning of this post, but am I after all?
Mind you, each day is definitely different and I have to keep adapting. This example is just a patchwork. I can see a pattern emerging and perhaps I'm getting a little closer to some remote workers.
This is the flawless organization, almost military in some aspects. Your old job often implanted this into your brain unconsciously, with your breakfast, your commute, your weekly meeting, and your repetitive missions.
If it doesn't matter how many hours you work each day, only what you actually accomplish is important. So you have to make up rituals to keep you focused on what you're doing. Few people are capable of functioning completely freely. I have too many examples around me of freelancers who do nothing for days and then work 15 hours in a row to deliver their draft.
Get yourself in shape, that's the only advice I'm giving you.