Justin Garrison
May 29, 2019

Experience from Six Months of Remote Work

Posted on May 29, 2019  •  6 minutes  • 1224 words

I’ve been working full time remote for Disney Streaming for the past 6 months. This is my first full time remote position.

While I’ve had lots of experience working in open source and tons of experience with communicating asynchronously doing full time work remotely is different. I wanted to share some things I’ve learned so far.

It’s important to note my life situation is likely different than yours. I’ve been working in technology for >10 years, I’m married, and I have 2 kids (one less than a year old).

I’m more of an extrovert than an introvert and love meeting new people.

It’s very isolating

Even with daily meetings via video calls I still don’t get the human connection I did when going to an office. It’s hard to go out after work hours because I have a family I want to spend time with, and I live far enough away from major tech hubs that I cannot meet friends easily for lunch. On the occasions I have driven to see friends for lunch it adds 3+ hours to my day (1 hour drive both ways and time for lunch).

On the other hand, I get lots of time with my family which is amazing! I love my family! I don’t get the mental stimulation from them that I do from talking with co-workers or friends, but the time spent with them is more rewarding long term.

Here are some other thoughts from the past 6 months.

I miss

I don’t miss

I like

I don’t like

I hope some of these things can help you understand what it might be like working remote full time. At this point in my life I can’t see myself taking another job that requires me to work in an office full time.

But that’s not to say there aren’t hard things and difficulties.

If you have any insights on how I can make some of these things better or what you have done to make being remote better for yourself I’d love to hear it. I’m available on twitter for any comments or further discussions @rothgar .

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