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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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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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 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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Jay-Allen: If you’re feeling overwhelmed or burnt out don’t be scared to stop doing some tasks, and for the tasks you have to do, break them up into smaller bits.
Kirsten: “There isn’t a way things should be. There’s just what happens and what we do.” - Terry Pratchett
Remote team coaches, Kirsten and Jay-Allen, offer three pieces of advice for new remote workers and reveal the one question every remote job seeker should prepare to answer.
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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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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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One day, when I was having a tough time, my twin sister told me:
"Believing in yourself is the key to get what you want."
Day trading & virtual assisting has allowed Marian to see the world—in this interview, she lays out her routine and priorities for those thinking of traveling while working.
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A very long time ago, someone who was helping me, my friend Ian, was consulting and was helping me to get everything I wanted to do done. While he was looking through the business stuff, he said, "Look, people want to work with you. People who want to do their work want to work with you, not with someone else."
I think just remembering that is really important and has really helped me to understand that people want to work with our company because of who we are, not just because of what we do.
They want to work with us because they like us. Ultimately, if they don't want to work with us, or don't like us, that's okay. It's not a good fit.
Hear about Pilar's flexible approach to managing Virtual Not Distant and the career-changing advice she received from a friend.
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