She Works For Hearst From Chile And Gets 15 Extra Minutes Of Sleep Each Day
Please introduce yourself to the PowerToFly community.
My name is Romina and I am 31-years-old. I am a very proactive person and always trying to do new things so I don’t get bored. I love to dance, that’s my passion, so I go two times a week to take classes. I also love going to the gym, and I’m always experimenting with new classes, like TRX, boxing, functional training, cross fit, etc. I am also a passionate traveler. I love to travel everywhere — even if it’s just a weekend outside the city!
What is your current position?
I am a Product Manager at Hearst.
How would you describe a typical work day?
I wake up and start replying to emails on bed with my cell phone — that way I get 15 extra minutes of sleep. :) Then I get up and turn on my computer while I prepare my breakfast, and then my working day fully starts. I usually get up out of my chair about 20 times a day. I am a really restless person, so when I finish a task, I get up and take a break. It could be a coffee, watching some news on TV, doing the laundry, stretching my legs, whatever. I usually have lunch while I keep working.
What advice would you give other women interested in working remotely?
Many of the people (not just women), I’ve talked to who are remote workers, all agreed that we will never (go) to an office, if at all possible. This is a one-way-road. You will never know how good it is until you do it. I would say: “Go for it, you won’t regret it!”
Do you have any strategies for staying efficient outside of an office? What tools do you use?
I am a really dedicated person, so it’s not really hard for me to concentrate at home. I do have my own space to work, so I can go there and have meetings, or if visitors come over, I can go there and be quiet and calm.
What are the biggest challenges about working remotely? How have you overcome them?
I think that the hardest thing I’ve been through in this job is communicating with people in such different cultures. It is not an easy task (and more if you are a manager), to manage a team which is so distributed, and consists of so many cultures. I am still working on this.
What did you like best about working with PowerToFly?
What I like most of working here, is that I have the freedom that I want. I can handle my schedule as I wish, like start working really early and leave early, or starting at noon if I need the morning for personal things. Also, (there is) the freedom to work from whatever place I want. I live in Chile, but I am from Argentina, so I can go there as many times as I want and be with my family, getting to spend holidays and birthdays with my loved ones, or be in China if I want, as long as I get my eight hours of work in! It’s so amazing!
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