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Work-Life-Balance

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10 Lessons from 4 Years Working Remotely at Automattic

 •  Filed under Work, Work From Home, Work-Life-Balance

10 Lessons from 4 Years Working Remotely at Automattic

A colleague at work shared this. It’s fantastic. I’ll echo the importance of emoticons and routine. Text chat is the primary form of communication in remote teams, so overuse emoticons to clarify tone. And remember, text chat doesn’t carry tone. Novelists spend hours getting the tone right in their text. You and your colleagues are not going to spend that time in day-to-day text communication. Don’t assume tone, and ask questions to clarify.

Also, every successful telecommuter I know has some kind of work/life ritual. Some people need to get dressed properly before starting work. Some people are strict on work hours. Figure out what your non-negotiables are for making the day feel like a work-day and the non-work time feel like home time, and stick to those things, religiously.

What gets done is what gets done

 •  Filed under Startups, Work, Work-Life-Balance

What gets done is what gets done

A great piece of writing about the dangers of over-working. I’ve always believed that balance is required. Rather than a focus on the number of hours a person works, focus on why someone works so long. Usually, it’s “heroism” at play, which is really the negative part of over-work. This piece does a good job of noting the specifics of why this is bad for everyone.

Don't Be a (Work) Hero

 •  Filed under Work, Development, Productivity, Work-Life-Balance, Process

Don't Be a (Work) Hero

I love this statement:

[…] I value the process of what we're doing as a company higher than the perceived short term gains of productivity of any one individual.

The work hero reminds of the hero coder. Lots of tech companies want to hire the hero coder. We’ve had a few at other places I’ve worked, and ultimately, they’re bad for everyone – themselves, their co-workers, and the company itself.

I’d much rather have people who care about the process of getting work done while also having full lives outside of work. Your product will definitely be better for it.