Web development

How to work remotely.

“If it’s all about getting stuff done, does it really matter where you do it?” asks our remote web developer Vlad Nikolov, as he shares his experience of working from home over a long period of time and offers advice to others in the same boat.  

It’s been over a year since I started working remotely for The Bigger Boat and have personally found it ideal. However, it can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your approach. Many people have been pushed into this transition without the right preparation or mindset. Here, I’ll discuss some of my most useful tips for staying productive and maintaining high standards when working from home.

Some of the tricks that help me focus are keeping my phone on silent, distributing work throughout the day, which allows me to tackle intensive work during my most productive hours, and splitting out tasks to ensure I have a break between them. Of course, this is easier said than done; everyone needs to adjust their working hours to fit their own habits and approach.

As a web developer, you always have to keep up to date with emerging technologies and frameworks. You have to take the time to improve your skills and acquire as many relevant new ones along the way. The developers at The Bigger Boat always strive for new improvements and refinement of existing methods and skills. That’s one of the main things I like about the work environment here.

Being proactive is an essential skill. Addressing things passively or proactively can make a pretty big difference in your outcome. I think that it is necessary for all of us to try to predict future needs, anticipate problems, and seek new solutions for these needs and concerns. Take action, identify and solve problems, and seize the initiative.

Without your physical and mental health, working from home can be extremely challenging, especially as the line between your job and personal life becomes more blurred. A work schedule can be really helpful when trying to effectively establish the boundaries of your work time. This can also help you to be more productive while keeping your stress levels in check. Focus on achieving as much as you can while working and relax when you’re not. Your expectations for a work day should reflect your actual capacity to get work done.

No matter where you work from, you need to keep your desk clean and tidy. Getting an established workspace doesn’t seem essential at first glance, but the practicalities and enjoyment of your work environment play a major role in your long-term health and productivity. Establish a designated workspace in which you can work comfortably, investing in ergonomic equipment and avoiding noisy neighbours (if you live with other people).

As you may have experienced, we are more limited when communicating through digital tools due to the lack of non-verbal cues. Try to make a conscious effort to be as clear and concise as possible with what you want to share and how you want to approach a task collaboratively. Always be kind and respectful to people and try scheduling video calls (around each other’s schedule) to avoid misunderstandings on complex issues or projects.

Written by Vlad Nikolov
Ambitious web developer Vlad has a real passion for websites that deliver a great user experience.