Wisdom of Life

What I have learned from working remote in one year

Around a year back I got an opportunity to work for a london based startup ‘Encyclokidia’, I had quite mixed feeling about the opportunity while i was reading offer letter from Zahir. I was confused, nervous, suspicious and excited!


Since it’s been an amazing year(yes, even I can’t believe it!), I thought it is an experience worth sharing with others 🙂

The Beginning!

In Beginning it was almost impossible for me to work from home because it felt like I am working on some hobby project, Having enough self-discipline to work for continuous 8 hrs was HARD!  or should I say impossible… 😛 I found myself watching random videos on youtube (feynman lectures  on physics) for no reason and then work life balanced messed up as I had to work for 10-12 hrs to get the task done. 🙁 This made me sad, unhappy, confused and I started wondering is remote job giving me the benefit I was looking for? I started wondering…

The Realization!

After few days of introspection, I found the biggest problem I had with my remote job was me :joy:(only slack user will understand). I finally understood only way to make it work is by adding self-discipline and organise my work-load.


The Change!

I started working on changes I need to bring in my daily schedule, Initailly my routine looked  something like this:-

6:00 wake up

7:00 break fast

8:00 start working

12:00 lunch

1:00 work

4:00 call it a day!

But what actually if looked like

8:00 wake up

10:00 done with breakfast

11:00 start working

2:00 lunch

8:00 call it a day!

I failed! And Failed quite badly :joy:

The Understanding!

After struggling from all kind of issue from self discipline to work life balance. I understood that I have to break the whole problem down into small parts.

  1. I started created TODO list for a day and had a fixed timeline to complete it.
  2. I got some good pair of headset (thanks to and started worked on shorter time period with high focus.
  3. Setting priorities for the day and rewarding myself for completing them helped me a lot.
  4. Cafe like starbucks were places where i used to crash after getting bored working from home( you will surprise by knowing how much you miss crowd after working remote :P)