Learn to say no. When I started, I was scared of running out of work and would do every project or task that came my way. It was the worst thing I could have done.
I was often overworked and overwhelmed, and sometimes the hours/effort that went into the work were not commensurate with the fee for the project.
I’ve learned that projects will come and go; my health and time are important, and I need to value them.
The best way to do this is by saying no to things I either can’t or don’t want to take on. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Shivani provides all you need to know about making remote work...work. She shares tips on finding the best remote work opportunity and thriving once you get it.
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The best time to start a business is when the market asks you to.
Stefan now has total control over his time since leaving the traditional office in early 2019. Hear how his routine is helping him build a solid remote startup.
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"Stop for the one." A dear friend and coworker lived by this and told me that I must be willing to stop for the one in front of me to care for their needs, and I believe this is the key to my success.
Andrew, co-founder, and CEO of Insured Nomads talks traveling while working, productivity tools, and the best advice he has received.
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To help people. Like truly help them with real-life problems. Not business needs.
Too many humans are stuck in the business loop where only profit and growth matters even if it's at the expense of other people's mental health and sanity.
So I've taken this advice to find a more meaningful purpose in life. My long-term commitment now, besides being a remote work advocate, is to support people when it comes to choosing the right career for them and keeping their wellness at work.
Both issues are not often talked about, but it's imperative we discuss them more often to avoid fatalities caused by job burnout, anxiety, overexertion, lack of job security, money problems, and all the like.
Alexandra juggles freelancing, a full-time remote job, YouTube, and Skillshare instructing. How does she manage it all? Find out in her interview.
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I am a special human being, and I am unique—but so is everybody else—I mean the 7 billion+ people on earth.
This is something that helps me a lot on how I handle myself and most importantly, how I treat people.
Hear how Saibu, a thriving HR content writer, navigates the complexities—and perks—of working with a remote team from Ghana.
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Not technically a piece of personal advice, but...there's a great quote from NT Wright that goes:
Love is not just tolerance. It's not just distant appreciation. It's a warm sense of, 'I am enjoying the fact that you are you.
I really love this quote, and it sticks with me. And it applies to everything—my marriage, family, friends, coworkers, fellow Slack community members, etc.
More and more, I want to appreciate people for who they are and who they were created to be. Everyone has passions and aspirations, and I want to help people realize those and pursue them with gusto.
"I've felt burnout HARD in the past. When it hits, it HITS, and it can be tough to recover." In this interview, Nico shares his strategies for balancing work and life and reveals the key to avoiding burnout.
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“You’ll never regret taking a chance on Paris.”
A job ad in an online group led Pola to find her ideal career as a content writer—see her remote work & job seeking takeaways.
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Learn to delegate effectively. This is not something that I have achieved well yet, but I’m hungry to perfect this skill. It may take a few decades until I do. The most recent time that I recall hearing this suggestion was from Kevin Kelly’s 3-hour interview with Tim Ferris and Richard Branson’s Losing my Virginity autobiography I read many years ago.
Mehmet has embraced his remote team leadership style. Hear about his most helpful productivity trick and why he has "quiet" days for his staff.
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Haha, that’s a great question. I have to say it was from my mother at the age of four when I was crying because a boy in the kindergarten had torn apart my favorite book. My mom said:
Perhaps he was sad or angry about something that has nothing to do with you or your book. Go talk to him and ask him if he is feeling ok.
This advice has stayed with me all my life. Every time I see a certain behavior and my mind immediately wants me to be annoyed, offended, etc. I automatically stop and ask myself whether they have had the intention to hurt me. Most often, they have not.
In remote working, assuming good intention is key for effective communication. Especially because most communication happens in writing, it’s very easy for people to immediately misread the tone of a message or misunderstand the intention behind it.
Assuming good intentions is the one thing that can improve communication in any relationship and especially in remote teams.
As CEO and Founder of Remote Forever, Molood has made a career in teaching individuals and companies how to work remotely effectively. See how embracing a minimalist lifestyle has caused her to excel.
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I heard this on a podcast once, can’t remember the name, but basically it’s a version of a quote from President and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Bryan Dyson:
Life is all about juggling balls, some of them are glass, and some are plastic. The sooner you figure out which balls are plastic and can be dropped, the better your life will be.
You can’t juggle everything at once. You need to figure out, for yourself, which things in your life need your focus (your glass balls) and which can be dropped and picked back up.
As someone who wants to do everything, this has helped me a lot with prioritizing my life and career.
For Lauren, remote work was a non-negotiable arrangement—see how she manages a hybrid remote work situation and her tips for those on the remote job search.
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