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On Remote Working (2023)

29 January 2023

Let me introduce you to some evaluations and reconsiderations I have had in remote work. I will distinguish work from home - remote work and the experience after 6 years of being without a fixed office - fixed people - fixed responsibilities.

Whether you are at the beginning of a career in tech, or you want to understand more about how I structure my work routine for sustainability and reward, read on.

Are you familiar with the definition of the the Medici Effect?

The Medici Effect is a phenomenon that occurs when diverse and unrelated fields come together to generate new ideas and innovation. It is named after the powerful Medici family of Renaissance Italy, who were known for their patronage of the arts, sciences and technology. The term was coined by Frans Johansson in his book, "The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures."

The basic idea behind the Medici Effect is that by bringing together people and ideas from different backgrounds and disciplines, we can create new and unique solutions to problems that would otherwise remain unsolved.

In today's world, where technology and globalisation have made it easier than ever to work remotely and collaborate with people from all over the world, the Medici Effect has become increasingly relevant to the way we work and do business.

Working remotely has been my norm since the beginning, from humble cafes to the luxurious Apple Stores. All I needed was a good Wi-Fi connection. I used to be a coworking enthusiast, as I didn't have a dedicated workspace in the places I rented. I would even avoid places with bad coffee or uncomfortable chairs. But now, in 2023, I am grateful to have a home office setup that has been featured in an online publication.

The key takeaway from my experience is that the environment and people around you, as highlighted by the Medici Effect, play a significant role in work satisfaction. However, for me, the stability of a dedicated office space - even if it's optional - is crucial. It allows for a designated time, space, and resources, and it allows me to be close to the people I work with.

It's worth noting that I still work remotely and am currently based in Portugal, where I appreciate many things. I would have no problem moving to other places to further improve my work and relationships.

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