Pradip Khakhar Product Manager and Founder - The Product Angle

Learning To Cope With Remote Working With Neeraj Mathur

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In this episode of The Product Angle show – we talk about learning to cope with remote working. We live-streamed with Neeraj Mathur. Neeraj is a VP of Product.

Some of the questions Neeraj and I chat about include:

  • How is remote working defined?
  • What are some of the best practices for remote working?
  • What to do if you are unable to differentiate between work and home? (is this necessary?)
  • Common pitfalls to avoid while working from home
  • What to do if you miss the human interaction?

Learning to cope with remote working discussion

Who you are and what you do

Hi, my name is Neeraj Mathur. I am an avid reader and a runner. I like to think of myself as a person on a mission to find ways to make life simpler and easier for others, wherever possible. While I was born and raised in New Delhi, India, I have called Silicon Valley my home for more than decades now with my wonderful wife, Rani, and our two kids.

Work-wise, I am a mission-driven Product Management and Design professional with over 20-years of experience in the high tech industry under my belt. I have had the privilege to work in and lead Product Management and Design at Enterprises such as Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, and Silicon Graphics, as well as VC-backed startups in Security and Fintech such as Authentic8, Skyhigh Networks, and Bluebox Security and ForUsAll.

Tell us something that you cannot Google about you

As a young child, I was an ardent fan of cricket. In addition, I learned Taekwondo which I give a lot of credit to for focus, discipline, and structure in my life over the years.

How do you define remote working?

I define it as a working style that allows professionals to work from anywhere they want. They are not tied to an office environment or any other location. A remote employee is able to meet their work goals wherever they want. Effectively, zero commutes.

Build a culture that promotes work-life integration; be open for kids and pets to join the meetings and become part of your day, they are after all part of your life - @neeraj Click To Tweet

What are some of the best practices for remote working?

  • Have a routine
  • Set a dedicated space
    • Structure your day
    • Hours (Ex: 8-5)
    • Meetings (Ex: Group whenever possible, identify a day of no meetings)
    • Get Creative (Ex: If you don’t need to see a screen, take a call over the phone and walk around in the space that you have or outside depending upon what is safe and allowed in your area)
    • Focus Time (Put it on the calendar)
    • Breaks (You must take breaks)
  • Contract with new-found “co-workers”
    • Communicate and partner
    • Set clear expectations with each other
    • Roommates: Know who is going be where; so you can respect space
    • Couples: Who has meetings and when clashing times, how will we prioritize which one needs more focus and less noise
    • Families: Partner; be flexible; adjust as needed; What to do if you are unable to differentiate between work and home? (is this necessary?)
    • Build a culture that promotes work-life integration; be open for kids and pets to join the meetings and become part of your day, they are after all part of your life.
    • For a long time, we have taken work home, it is about time we also brought some home to work.
For a long time, we have taken work home, it is about time we also brought some home to work - @neeraj Click To Tweet

Common pitfalls to avoid while working from home

  • Lack of structure
  • Manage your time
  • Prioritize (how many items do you intend to accomplish today)
  • Know yourself (we all perform differently at different times of the day; find your peaks and troughs, assign work accordingly)
  • Interruptions will happen; minimize self-induced ones
  • Stop Working
  • Lack of infrastructure
  • A laptop that works – with audio and video
  • High-speed internet
  • A quiet area/place to focus
  • Appropriate seating and lighting
the failure isn’t from falling down. It is not being able to get up. And one must do everything they can to get up, starting with asking for help - @neeraj Click To Tweet

Thank you, Neeraj 🙏 Read the full list from Neeraj on learning to cope with remote working over at his blog – Chai Musings

Pradip Khakhar Product Manager and Founder - The Product Angle
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