My day and what I use daily

The hard part of working from being a remote worker, and work at home is to wake up.

I’ll like to tell you that I wake up at 8:00 am or even earlier in the morning, but being honest is something impossible. Sometime I wake up at 9:00 am.

There are two things that I do when I wake up:

  • Give the breakfast to Fiona (my dog)
  • Prepare my mate

For the ones that know what a mate is, skip the next paragraph¬† ūüėõ

Mate is a hot infusion (like a tea) and is really traditional in Argentina, like the 5pm tea at England, with the difference that we drink it at the morning, at the evening an event at night. Here you can read more about Mate. In provinces with hot weather like Chaco (the province I was born and lived for many years) there is a variant of the Mate that is called Tereré and is basically the same as mate but with cold water.

My Mate

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After I got my mate ready I sit at my desktop and login to the computers and the first thing I do is check on the calendar for meetings or personal appointments.

This take me like 5 to 10 min depending on how awake I’m or the hurry I have to do something.

After a couple of years of saving money and investing on my desktop, this is how it looks now:

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From left to right, from front to back:

  • By casualty I have a glass of water here, I usually have another spiritual drink… like my mate hahaha
  • A charger dock station for my iPhone and Apple Watch
  • The red little thing are my AirPods that I use for meetings or listening some testing videos
  • 13 inches MacBook Pro
  • Magic trackpad
  • My ~6 years old Adidas wallet that is empty because I had a soccer match and a bbq yesterday
  • 15 inches HP Z Book
  • Two Samsung monitors: 28″ and 20″ for the other (not really sure)
  • Between the monitors a bluetooth speaker a UE¬†Wonderboom

My daily work is done in booth computers, since I have to test in several browsers, but I prefer not to use the HP and work mostly at the Macbook.

I used to use wired headphones but I discovered that sometimes I can take calls on the phone. So again I invested on bluetooth headphones and now I can take my calls or meetings without being in the computer. While walking on the apartment, on the balcony, or even preparing lunch.

One think that I discovered with the time is that when you work remotely you need MUST invest in your desktop, in your chair, in your internet provider, in your screen, etc

Remember: you are going to spend at least 8 hours a day in front of the computer, sited in a chair, looking to a screen, navigating on internet, and at the long term you are going to understand that you made an investment, and not an expense.

I discovered in the hard way working on a small table sitting at the floor, looking at 13″ MacBook in my apartment, and let me tell you; it was not easy at the beginning. I have to save and invest money to have the workspace I have now and I think that I can improve a lot of things more, but now I think is ok.

When I have some time or after a meeting I take my dog to a walk; this have the same priority as work, we can’t be online 8 hours non stop. So walk for a couple of blocks in the neighborhood or a park that is close to our house help us to stay fresh and continue working in my case, continue sleeping in her case.

When working remotely you are going to be very familiar with time zones; sometimes you start working at 9am and the guys in the other side of the world are at their 3pm. So is really important that you handle your time. In my case I try to have time for breakfast, for lunch and then my personal time.

Lunch time is really important and the best practice is not to eat in the desktop, something I never do, except when I do a bbq with some remote workers friends.

My personal time is at the end of my day I always check I have logged the time I have worked on the time tracker tool, answer / read all the conversations on slack, turn down the volume and disconnect the mac from the Wonderboom.

This last thing is super important since the MacBook or the HP even when is locked continue reproducing the sounds of the messages I receive in the chat apps. In my case is important since my wife kindly remind me when I forget the sound turned on.

If you were expecting more post, I’m sorry, is not easy and I don’t know what to write about. If you weren’t expecting any new post, you are welcome hahaha

“Besis para todis” / “Little Kisses for everyone”

I’m done for today.

New lifestyle and unexpected new friends

I though that working remotely was really fun and easy.

Starting working remotely for me was a real pain, since I was not ready; i had made my research, reading blogs and web pages about “how to start working remotely”¬†and where nice and helpful, but there are things that they don’t mention.

The most common topics when you read about are:

  • Build your workspace with a desktop, a nice chair.
  • Get a nice internet connection
  • Have a separate place to work on, a second room is ideal
  • Get rid of all the possible distractions: tv, game consoles and things like that

When I started, I did not do any of those thingsI had a little table, I work on the floor in front of a 42 inches flat tv, a Sony Muteki home theater; all of this in my one room apartment, since I started without any budget. So my suggestion is: save some money so you can setup a nice place to work. Remember, invest in your workplace, you are going to spend +8 hours a day.

But don’t worry if you don’t do this,¬†you are going to learn on the hard way (like me) haha

Another thing that no one talk about this is the fact that you work alone (physically) at your home, unless that you work on a co-working space.

So your are going to have new friends in the neighbourhood… Like, in my case, the cashier on the supermarket; a chinese guy that knows 3 or 4 words in spanish. Quick story: yesterday I was taking a walk with Fiona (my dog) and my friend scream at me “Amigoooooooo” from the other side of the street, witch I respond with “Amigoooooo” hahahha and that was all the communication of the day. Amigo = Friend (in spanish).

Ram√≥n and Jean are the butchers and Jony the owner of the butcher shop . As I mention I use my grill a lot, or at least one or twice a week. So I visit them like 3 or 4 times a week. In our friendship we are at the point that they save me the best meet the fresh one. Let me tell you guys, this is a win-win relationship, they give me best meat for my bbq and I don’t buy in other places. If you are in Bs As, go to Caba√Īas Pachi and say to the guys that you come on behalf of “el chino”¬†this is the location.

Next to the butcher shop I used to go to a greengrocery (the place where I buy all my vegetables and the firewood) Tom√°s is the Bolivian guy that works with his wife I guess.. not sure about this. Really nice people and super social too. If you are in a hurry, don’t recommend to go there, you are going to be like 15 min to buy: tomatoes, lettuce, onions and potatoes.

Another recommendation is: adopt a pet (a dog preferable) since the dog is going to demand you to move on, take a walk, go to the park visit the veterinarian and another responsibilities like clean up the mess, teach some tricks and keep it entertained.

Related to this, you are going to realize that will make some friends in the park where you take your dog. Something funny I experience often is that when I’m walking on the street there are people that say hi and introduce like “the owner of Kai, the Golden retriever”, “the owner of Jordan, the brown Dachshund” and stuff like that.

Always try to be nice, you never know how is going your new friend (?)

This moment is sponsored by Caba√Īas Pachi.

Before:

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After:

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Bonus, a beef in slow motion: