Rolling Remote With Wayne Saucier

Wayne Saucier and his family fully embrace the digital nomad┬álifestyle. He and his wife sold all of their belongings and hit the road with their 4-year-old and 2-year-old in tow. They’ve spent time in Canada, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia, before riding out the current COVID-19 pandemic in a slightly more permanent spot in Mexico. “Once COVID-19 is behind us, we intend to visit at least 50 more countries,” Wayne told Remoter.

man sits looking at computer screen with mobile headset on in the corner of a restaurant
Wayne Saucier | Photo submitted by Wayne Saucier

Wayne’s job as a web app developer and IT consultant gives him the flexibility to travel at will — at least when a virus isn’t hampering his style. He’s gotten creative with a DIY standing desk in the meantime, and is also committed to advocating for the remote work community. To that end, he’s created a free eBook with tips and secrets for people who want to #keepitremote after the pandemic ends. Check out some of what’s made him successful at the remote work lifestyle (what he calls his “6-sq-ft office”), below.

Quick-fire profile

How many years have you worked remotely? 14

Where are you based? Currently in Mexico, recently in SE Asia; more of Latin America is next

Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? Coffee shops pre-COVID; now it’s all work from home

Are you most productive in the morning or at night? Morning

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Wayne’s home office setup and decor

Two laptops sit on top of cardboard boxes on top of a table with a keyboard below them to create a do-it-yourself standing desk
DIY standing desks are a product of COVID-19 work days | Photo submitted by Wayne Saucier

What type of desk do you use? Typically, whatever is in the local coffee shop he’s near. These days, Wayne has set up two monitors at a standing desk during the COVID-19 lockdown. If you’re not too particular about laptop stands, standing desks are pretty easy to create!

What type of chair do you use while at work? He’s not picky — whatever is normally at the local coffee shop. (Or these days, he’s on his feet!)

Do you share your work space with anyone? Tell us about them! During COVID, Wayne is sharing his work space with his wife and sometimes his 4-year-old son.

Remote work pros and cons: Wayne’s take

laptop sits next to sauce jars on a bar overlooking a beach and water
When COVID isn’t keeping Wayne in a strict WFH setup, he prefers to work from coffee shops or other WiFi-friendly locations in the places he and his family are visiting. Wayne shared this picturesque work view with us from a trip to Bali. | Photo submitted by Wayne Saucier

What are the biggest pros and cons of remote work for you?

Pros: Schedule and travel flexibility, more focus, a better work-life balance, more time from cutting his commute, a better work culture and less stressful work environment, and fewer transportation/work expenses

Cons: “Absolutely none,” Wayne told Remoter.

Working from home tips and tricks

What software do you use on a regular basis? GSuite, Axosoft, Evernote

What habit allows you to be more productive during the day? Wayne does lots of planning to take advantage of his most productive times: He strategically manages remote relationships and maps his work windows to his peak mental energy flows. He also focuses on outputs instead of inputs.

What are the 3 items you can’t live without while working remotely? (If you have a brand you love, please name them!) 1. Sennheiser headset 2. Google Pixel 4XL 3. Macbook Pro

Answers have been lightly edited and links were added. 

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