Working Remotely; Work From Where You Like

Working from home or any other place that you like to work from is amazing, but at the same time it can be difficult, specially if you work from home; is easy to get distracted by other things and not be as productive as you would like to be.

As some of you may know I work at Doist, the company behind Todoist. The team behind Doist is distributed all around the world; we work remotely. I’ve been working home for more than a year and a half now, and with this time I was able to learn and find ways to be as much productive as possible and avoid distractions.

At the beginning I searched a lot about tips of how to work remotely and be as much productive as possible, but after all it depends on yourself, what works for you, because we all are different. On this article I will just share with you my experience so far and what I learned.

This article is still a work in progress. I’ll be updating it while I learn new tips and ways to improve how I work remotely. I’ll share on Twitter when I update it, so if you want to stay up to date, you can follow me; @enricenrich.

Feel comfortable

Written the December 26, of 2015

Working remotely doesn’t mean that you only work from home, it mean that you work from where you like, from where you love, from where you feel more comfortable. For me this place is at home, but for you it will maybe be a co-working space, a coffee shop, or any other place.

For this, you’ll probably have to try different places until you find one where you feel comfortable. Or, maybe you can work from a different place depending on the day of the week. Just try.

This is one of the most amazing things of working remotely; you can work from whatever you want, whenever you want.

Avoid distractions

Written the December 26, of 2015

I think that this depends from where you work. It’s not the same working from a co-working space where everyone goes there to work, than if you work from home. Since I work only from home, here is what I learned and what works for me to avoid distractions at home.

1. Don’t work near the entrance of your home
This only works if you live with more people. Why? Because sometimes those visits aren’t for you, but for the other people that lives with you. If you don’t work near the entrance you’ll not be interrupted every time someone comes to your home.

2. Music, work with music
This depends on the person; I know some people that can’t work with music, but for me it’s necessary. It helps me to isolate myself from other distractions and focus on what I’m doing.

Create an schedule

Written the December 26, of 2015

It’s important to have an schedule so you can separate your personal stuff from your work. Obviously, working remotely makes it really easy to tweak your schedule to adapt it to special events or things that you have to do. This said, it’s important to stick to your schedule as much as possible so you set a routine on this.

Normally, I work from 9:30 to 14:30, and from 16:00 to 19:00. But it can change depending on the amount of work I have to do, and if I have other things to do.

Plan your day

Written the December 26, of 2015

This is completely related to create an schedule; it’s important to plan your day so you always know what you are going to do and when. For this, as you can imagine, I use Todoist to plan what I’m going to do.

After completing my work schedule and tasks at the end of the day, I go through my projects to plan and schedule my tasks for tomorrow. That way, when I wake up, I already have everything planned and I know on what to focus.

Shared tips

Last updated the December 27, of 2015

Ryan Hoover recommends to not wear PJ’s, it will make you feel lazy (At least it did for him).

Sunny R. Juneja says that he goes on a walk before start working. Makes him feel like “I’m going to work”.


I hope that this article will help you on how to improve the way you work remotely. And if you have any other tip that you would like to share, please, leave a response or send me a tweet.

And like I said before, this article is still a work in progress and I’ll be updating it while I learn new tips and ways to improve how I work remotely. I’ll share on Twitter when I update it, so if you want to stay up to date, you can follow me; @enricenrich.