Remote Developer Highlight: Simon

This series illustrates diverse ways of finding flow and productivity as remote developer. Our staff share unique ways they structure their days. Read on to get motivated and see how you can learn from others and improve your workspace, workflow and work/life balance!

Name: Simon P.

Current Role: Remote Fullstack Developer

Current Location: Wickham, QC, Canada

What led you to choose remote work with Clevertech?

I have been working remotely for most of my career now and it has really helped improve the quality of my life by giving me more time with my family and allowing us to buy a bigger property away from the city. Clevertech just felt like a natural transition to me thanks to the amazing culture and fully remote mentality.

What does your typical work day look like?

  • 6-8am: I wake up between 6:00 and 7:00, help get the kids ready for school, then feed the dog and then I have breakfast myself.

  • 8-10am: By 8 I have a fresh pot of tea ready and I’m planning my day by going through my emails, slack and list of active projects. Any task I can complete in a few minutes can be taken care of immediately but anything bigger is converted into an actionable item.

  • 10-12am: By 10 my standup is usually done and I have a good stretch of uninterrupted time ahead of me until lunch break.

  • 12-1pm: I start my lunch break with a short run around our property with my dog (currently at ~2km, hoping to increase that to ~3km by end of year). Then I take a quick shower and eat lunch while checking unproductive stuff on my phone 😋

  • 1-3pm: Another fresh teapot to start the afternoon, catching up on messages that might have come in during lunch break, then it’s back into flow state to get things done.

  • 3-5pm: End of the afternoon is when I try to wrap things up. Most of my coworkers are 6 hours ahead of me so code reviews and QA often occur while I’m still sleeping in the morning. I want to make sure any issues I’ve fixed are ready for them to check. This is also a good time for me to do code reviews of my own.

  • 5-7pm: After a good day at work it’s time to spend some time with the family and eat dinner.

  • 7-9pm: We will usually have a “quiet” time with the kids somewhere between 7 and 8 (turning down the lights and reading, drawing or cleaning up, then it’s time for them to go to bed and the parents can finally catch a breath!

  • 9-11pm: What I do once the kids are asleep will vary from day to day but will usually involve working on a personal project, spending time with my spouse or gaming with my friends. Finally, I go to bed between 10 and 11, with the occasional slip into the later hours of the night 😉

Describe your work environment.

My office is set up in a medium room with two large windows so I’ve got a lot of natural light coming in throughout the day. I’ve been using an electrical standup desk for a few years now and using the PDF I updated all my peripherals to go 100% wireless (mouse, keyboard and headset).

What do you listen to while you work?

I’m a big fan of the Melodic Progressive channel on these days.

Aside from your phone and computer, name a gadget you can’t live without in your workspace:

My standup desk has been a game changer for me. It makes transitioning from sitting to standing super easy and helps me do it on a more regular basis.


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