Mateusz on how I travel and work remotely as a software engineer at VSTORM Team

Working remotely is becoming more and more popular the last days. The perspective of working in any place in the world seems really promising. I’d like to share my experience as remotely working software developer and highlight some certain points of working in remote mode. 

How does it look like every day?

There are many imaginations of how does the remote work look like. I’ll try to briefly describe my daily schedule and highlight main parts of working remotely. 

In the morning I’m trying to wake up pretty early, between 5am and 7am. I need some time to get more awake and prepare some breakfast which will empower me for the beginning of the day. After breakfast I’m starting to work on the morning tasks. At this point I’m usually working at home just to start the job pretty early without any distractions. I try to work 3-4 hours with small breaks included, just to finish half of my assignments by midday. 

After the first part of my work is done I’m taking a necessary break just to let my mind rest a bit from all the data I’ve processed. I’m trying to go out, move a bit by running in the park, working out or going surfing by the ocean in better days (sounds good right? :)).

This break is necessary due to the fact that the mind should rest until it’s still working efficiently. I’m certainly using the possibility of going out during the day to get some sun, fresh air and recharge batteries by physical activity. Later on I’m eating some lunch and getting ready to start the second part of the daily tasks.

In the afternoon I’m trying to work in 1-2 hour intervals to finish the planned work. This time I’m usually looking for some outside spot like a cafeteria, park, beach bar or library, where I could move my “office”.  In the second part of the day I also need to cut myself off from the outside world and that is why I’m using my headphones to play some music which helps me to focus and reduces distractions. 

In the evening after I’m done, I either rest at home or go out with friends. This part of the day is strongly individual 🙂

My day does not look like this every time, however, this is so far the optimal daily schedule of mine.

Living abroad and traveling 

You already know more less about the working part of the week, now let’s jump into the weekend and holidays and see what are the opportunities for remote worker to travel.

Currently I’m living in Portugal in a small city called Aveiro. I stayed here after my Erasmus exchange because I couldn’t say goodbye too fast! 

Living abroad gives me the chance to visit many places around during the weekends. Moreover, there’s a possibility to change your location every 3 weeks, 2 weeks, 1 week and in most extreme cases every day. Just find what suits you best!

The thing I really recommend is working while travelling. It feels super productive, and after you’re done and you reach your final destination, it feels like instant holiday as a reward for what you’ve done on the way.

There’s a number of places I was working in:

Working in the train? Sure.

In the ship? Done.

In the bus to the beach? Of course.

In the plane? Absolutely.

That’s the flexibility we are given while working remotely!

Is it always like a paradise?

I’ve already pointed out some great things about having the opportunity of working remotely. However, I’d like to show that there’s also the other side  and everything is great when we follow certain rules.

You have to be disciplined.

It is easy to get into the laziness trap when you are the one who is managing your work. Sleeping long, taking long breaks is not always good. It is easy to lose much time while working remotely when there are so many distractions around. Remember that you are required to do your work and good discipline will really help you to stay on the right track. Manage your time and energy properly to get things done and you should be fine.

Find your daily routine.

We live with our habits and that is why you should work on inventing your own daily routine which will help you to work efficiently. When you are not used to have your routine it’s easy to get lost and dive into chaos. This might get you into uncomfortable and stressful position. Find your own way and don’t let the mess get into your days.

Keep up with the social life

As we’re flexible with our time, it is easy to forget that there are other people who usually work in regular working hours. If we will spend our mornings sleeping a lot we might not be able to spend some time with our friends or family. The trick is to manage your time the way that you could spend some time with people you value. Take advantage of working whenever you want, nevertheless sometimes try to adjust your schedule just to have time for the ones you like to spend time with. Balance is good in every aspect.

That’s all I wanted to share at this point and I hope you got some valuable information for yourself about working remotely and hopefully you’re on the way to experience that as well.

I wish you all the best, I wish you a remote job! 

By the way, I wrote this article on a plane during my flight from Italy to Portugal 😉 

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