How to Manage a Bi-Coastal Work-Life Dynamic




6.   Meet More Frequently.

Generally, I’m in favor of less meetings, but when remote more frequent dialogue is helpful.

Look at your standing meetings and consider where it makes sense to up the cadence. I ended up shifting a couple of the meetings I had with folks in other departments up to weekly or bi-weekly and it’s been huge for staying in sync with other parts of the company.

7.   Vary Your Workspace.

Working from home can be great, be it’s key to change up your environment on the regular.

Mix in some days taking in coffee ship vibes (thankfully there’s no shortage in NYC 🙂 ), co-working spaces or even outside if you can.

8.   Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable.

It’s a whole different game when you’re the only remote employee, and on top of that three hours ahead of the rest of your team.

If you’re not comfortable working independently or with little direction, this may not be for you. But if you’re up for the challenge, you’ll likely surprise yourself by what you can accomplish.

9.   Manage your time.

It can be easy to feel like you always need to “be on” since you are not in the office.

So, it’s important to figure out what schedule works best for you, and your team. And when there’s times where there might be a window you’re offline or unavailable, be sure to communicate appropriately and keep your calendar up-to-date.

10.  Make social time a priority.

Get dressed, get out, explore.

When you’re flying solo on the remote crew, be sure to build in social time into your week. Meet friends for coffee or drinks, go to meet ups to meet other folks in your industry, go for a run in the park or any activity you like to do.

Fresh air and vitamin D will do wonders for your productivity when you return!    

While the bi-coastal work/life dynamic may not be for everyone, it can be an incredible experience and help uncover things you may not have known about yourself in the process. Hope these tips can be helpful whether you’re considering making the jump in 2017 or the next time you’re working with remote teammates.

Wishing you the best of luck in the new year!

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Daniel Nieves
Dan is Chief of Staff at, a video review and collaboration platform for the creative community. Prior to, Dan headed up Market Engagement at Zinc, an enterprise startup transforming how we communicate in today's mobile workplace. Before his time in startups, he spent four years at Deloitte as a strategy consultant where he helped clients transform their organizations through the use of digital technology. Dan graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University Maryland. Born and raised in New York, he recently returned and is now residing in Manhattan.

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