How Not to Be Lonely: An Extrovert's Guide to Working Alone

Short Form


I have two batteries (you may have more).

My work battery governs my ability to be productive.
My life battery governs my
 ability to be happy.

Learning to care for my batteries was the most critical aspect of my success with remote work.


Working remotely—full or part time, across town or across timezones—takes a special set of skills that develop over time. Remote work further blurs the lines of work/life balance in an already grey industry. With the right tools, you can sustainably keep your balance and stay focused and energized without burning out. I’ve done it multiple times with multiple groups and experienced a multitude of results. I’ve tallied my experiences into a set of guidelines to help you, the new remote worker, do things like:

  1. build team engagement—without being gabby—by recognizing and focusing on relevant conversations.
  2. grow a voice to which others respond by knowing yourself and what sets you apart.
  3. advocate your needs by illustrating added value to others and yourself.!
  4. integrate into an existing culture by exposing expertise and exuding affability,
  5. and push that culture in a healthy direction by using your voice and expertise.


remote work, loneliness, productivity, engagement, culture, work life balance

Speaking experience

Limited, really. Lots of lightning talks, lots of in-house, brown-bag style events. I've also mentored/taught classroom-sized events, but nothing on the conference-scale.


  • Biography

    Jeremy’s been developing almost half as long as he’s been alive. It’s weird for him to think about. Jeremy lives in Seattle and helps kids learn math with the brilliant team at Think Through Math. An eternal optimist and gabby extrovert, Jeremy will talk about most anything, but really gets going when the topic turns to vinyl and audio, coffee roasting, board games, tattoos, or cooking. His best friend is a Chihuahua.