Chris Klosowski, co-lead developer of Easy Digital Downloads, explains how writing one plugin changed his lifestyle. He left his corporate job to be a full-time distributed worker and being a distributed worker comes with its own set of challenges.
My truest challenge in this new lifestyle is knowing when it’s time to ignore Slack, shut off email, take off the Pebble, and just spend time with my family. It’s a challenge I’m learning to face, and the hardest part is admitting to myself that it’s a problem.
It’s come up in conversation a couple times with my wife, and every time, she lets me know when I’m failing. Honesty here is the key. Not guilt, not anger, just brutal honesty of when I’m not being the best husband and dad because I’m putting work before them.
One of the greatest challenges a distributed worker faces is figuring out the balance between work, family, and personal life. If you’re struggling to find balance, I encourage you to read this post and the nearly 100 comments that follow.
The comments are from people in similar positions trying to figure out how to balance work, life, and family. After nearly three years of being a distributed worker, I’m still trying to figure it out.