I used to work in an in-house production/post (full service) studio in Toronto. My background is in media production, and I really enjoy what I do, but I was tired of commuting and being stuck in one geographical location.
I happened to apply for a job with my current company Torre for fun—the job posting said, "travel around the world and create content," and I said, "no way this is real" as I proceeded to apply.
Then I got the job. Now I'm working in a fast-paced start-up environment, excited about the challenges to come!
The switch was a learning curve—they say you need discipline, but you don't really know how much discipline you need before you get thrown into the deep end!
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I am working on Remoter— an inclusive, diverse library all about remote work. We want to showcase the benefits of the future of work and become an educational/resourceful platform where people will come to look for answers about remote work.
Whether you may be an individual looking to learn more, or a company leader looking to build a remote-first team or transition into a remote-first team, my goal is to have intriguing stories showcased on the Remoter Project for you to relate to.
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I started recently, so right now, I am cleaning up Remoter, updating the social media platforms, and coming up with distribution plans for our existing content (that was created prior to my arrival).
I am also gearing up for our Product Hunt launch and distribution of episode one of our Remoter Podcast season one. With the company (Torre) that I'm at, we have daily stand-ups with Remoter as well as our individual sectors.
In Jan 2020, I will also be traveling around the world, creating content (whether that may be video, audio, text, photographs, etc.) by interviewing remote work leaders/advocates and getting their personal stories, experiences, and lessons learned.
I want to bounce around and meet as many people as possible.
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I work anywhere. I work in my bedroom. I work in coworking spaces. I work in cafes. Friend's houses. Anywhere. Honestly, I'm very flexible! I don't even feel like I have a place to call home at the moment, haha.
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Airtable, dailies and check-list of tasks.
1) Airtable - I like to see different views of my priorities - whether it may be in a kanban board or a calendar, Airtable does a good job of helping me stay on track and remind me of what I should be focusing on.
2) Dailies - we do daily stand-ups, which allows me to think about my tasks for the day. Presenting it to the team helps.
3) I repeat the process on paper in my notebook.
The physical action of crossing things out is so satisfying.
Also taking breaks! I do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, so I have a way to let out steam (and healthily too)!
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The best part is that I have my own schedule.
I don't have to commute three hours to and from work, and I am location flexible. I'm about to move to Mexico City for the rest of 2019, escaping the brutal Canadian winter.
Also, it really tests my discipline and pushes me to accept a learning curve and take on another challenge. I'm definitely more motivated and productive, learning a LOT more (just because it is a different industry from the previous industry I used to work in, which was traditional media production).
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I wish I could see my co-workers in person more often! They're distributed around Colombia, the USA, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, etc... I hope to meet them one day at a retreat!
Also, I need to have better work-life integration.
If you leave me alone, I'll sometimes work 14 hours straight and forget to eat or shower.
I'm not a student anymore, and I need to live my life like an adult (I am working on it).
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