I’m Alex, a student from Kraków, Poland. Website: antoszek.eu, I’m also actively writing on a blog, take photos from time to time, and tutor productivity to students of all ages.
I’m a pretty huge productivity geek - I use primarily Standard Notes, Todoist & Notion for day-to-day work, many other tools less frequently. I love reading (or listening to) books, asking questions & helping others. This world is a beatiful place, but still, we as humans have a lot to work on ourselves
I’m very happy to join this community, joined in March, but “another productivity forum dedicated to iOS & Mac users (I’m neither)” didn’t sound fun. Effective Remote Work is definitely something more important & full of nuances for me.
Now, something I’ve doing for the past few months:
Has anyone here explored such thing? Or do you know someone who’s doing it?
So, I started “remote studying”, this March. I negotiated with my (high school) teachers two days of working from home per week. So, this is definitely not “homeschooling”, or even true Remote Study, maybe something more like “semi-remote study”. Either way, as I learned more and more productivity techniques I’ve realized the typical schoolday is incredibly inefficient, and even when you’re trying to focus, it’s pretty hard to do. Actual learning happens quite infrequently, but still school swallows up around 70% of my day.
So, I’ve started remote studying, even though only 2 days a week for now, I’ve still discovered many, many benefits of it:
- I’m learning better
- So, this doesn’t necessarily mean I’m learning more , as in more topics & stuff, but because my study is much more focused and free from distractions, I remember more. I remember stuff better & for longer periods of time.
- I have time outside school
- My school is from 8am to 3-4pm every day, plus 3 hours of commuting, plus 1.5-2 hours of homework, plus 8 hours of sleep leaves me with a small amount of time to do anything else. Even though I have a tiny bit of spare time, I’m usually tired enough to not want to do anything else.
- Now, during those “remote study” days I’m able to do all my school tasks for the day,
sometimes even more in 8-10 Pomodoro block, 25mins each + 5min breaks inbetween. So, if I start at 7am, I’m finished at 12am-1pm with everything . I then eat lunch, go for a run/walk, and have plenty of time for myself. I can spend time with my little sister (15 years younger than me ;), friends & family, work on my side projects & more.
- I’m learning focus & discipline
- Isn’t that what every single teacher says? But, I’ve learnt that when I’m “supervised” by teachers I actually am working less focused & disciplined. Because remote study requires total focus & hard discipline, I’m appreciating myself more.
For me, it’s just better. I’m happier, healthier & moving the needle more.
What are your thoughts? If not remote study, has remote work changed your life in a similar way?