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I was once in a position where I really wanted this, I even made a post on Ask HN ~2 years ago in hopes to generate some discussion and find resources about it [1].

Things have changed for me since then. A year ago, out of mostly good luck, I landed on a fully remote software engineer position (not having remote experience before). We don't have an overwork culture and stick to mostly 40-hour work weeks. Some days are longer and some are shorter, sure, like in most tech startups.

Ultimately, it feels like I'm saving much, much more time just by not commuting. This is not just saving the 2-3 hours per day commute (typical for SF bay area), which is huge on its own, but also a lot of little pieces of time throughout the day -- you can sneak in time to do some housework chores during idling minutes at work (unload the dishwasher when you take your coffee mug back to the kitchen!), you can make a quick lunch in ~2 minutes at home instead of having to go out (even down to the cafe to line up for free food, in the case of big cos).

The end result is that even though I still work mostly 40-hour work weeks, it feels almost like moving to part time work. The best thing about it is you still get full benefits (health insurance is expensive on your own!), and base pay is relatively decent (not as high as SF startups, but still a lot higher than part time employment). And I'm doing fulfilling work that I like, and spending my time productively, to boot.

[1] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14808178

>you can make a quick lunch in ~2 minutes at home

Do you mean either 1) just heating up some left-over food, or 2) just heating up an instant meal packet of some kind?

Because otherwise I don't know how you can make a lunch in 2 minutes - only other possibility I can think of is sandwich(es) with already ready-made or already-prepared ingredients. Note: emphasis on the word "make", not "buy".

I'll have you know that chocolate is a perfectly scrumptious lunch. You don't need to heat it, but that is fine.

Sandwich recipe: Spread chocolate sauce on a chocolate bar. Spread chocolate frosting on another chocolate bar. Place them together, frosting against sauce, to finish the sandwich.

I've read that ancient Central / South Americans used to have chocolate mainly as a drink, and sometimes with chillies (both plants - cacao and chile - originated thereabouts, I've read). I've recently started having a cup or two of warm milk with sambar podi (powder, a hottish Indian spice mix :) First thought it was an unconventional idea that I had come up with, then later remembered that there are masala milk powders sold in India (not containing milk powder, just with masalas (spice mixes) which you mix (boil or heat) with regular milk and then drink it). Good for health, particularly in winter or for colds, and tastes good too.




Ha ha. I like chocolate, but that amount would be a bit too much for me, unless you're kidding :)

Not the parent, but I work from home and yes, very often it's a sandwich for lunch. Or more than one sandwich throughout the day, since with complete schedule freedom you are not tied to conventions like lunch hours.

I cook a warm meal for dinner. Works for me.

Sandwiches can be great :) I prefer only whole-wheat or other whole-grain breads (for both sandwiches as well as other uses), and healthy sandwich ingredients, although I'm not rigid about it - I will go for less healthy ingredients sometimes, or if I cannot avoid them, on occasion. (The healthy ones tend to taste better too, anyway.)

I work from home too.

My lunch is usually a bowl of oatmeal (custom mix of ingredients) - takes 30 seconds to prep and 2.5 mins in the microwave (usually while I'm making coffee anyway).

That's pretty close to the ~2min claim. Not sure that should be taken literally anyway :)

Oatmeal - interesting. Just got into eating oats now and then, recently, and finding it tasty. Knew about the health benefits from a while before, but had hardly ever eaten it (except possibly as a kid), although I've been into consuming other whole grains cereals / legumes / millets for a while now. Many millets have a lower glycemic index, which is good for people with sugar problems, and also some are lower in gluten or gluten-free, which is good for people who have issues with gluten, I've heard/read. I know people who deal with these foodstuffs in business, is how I got to know of this.

>That's pretty close to the ~2min claim. Not sure that should be taken literally anyway :)

Good point :)

I buy an 'ancient grain' porridge mix which is probably somewhere around 70+% oats, and the rest various other common cereal grains. Or just use a large-flake variety of rolled oats. Then I add a generous amount of oat bran (which is a great on it's own for cereal if you're gluten sensitive), Hemp hearts (great nutty flavor), and some ground flax seed (not flax meal, which will turn your cereal into glue). I add a couple tablespoons of Splenda and cinnamon as well. I create/fill a ~ 1.5 litre plastic container of my cereal mix ahead of time (every few weeks).

1/3 cup skim milk, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup cereal in a serving bowl. Microwave until it boils, let it sit for a few minutes before eating to cool down, thicken up, and soften the oat flakes a bit more. Adjust liquid if you like it thinner or thicker. If I'm feeling decadent, I'll add a bit of butter and a little bit of brown sugar for extra tastiness. :)

It's also filling with tons of fibre so I'm not hungry again until dinner.

That method / recipe sounds interesting - thanks for sharing.

I did not know about hemp hearts, just googled them a bit, sounds good. I knew a bit about flax but have not eaten it much - will check that out more too.

Man, I miss remote work so much. Those little things you describe, like being able to toss a load of laundry in the wash mid-day, really add up to a lot of sanity long term. Going into an office everyday makes my home life sometimes feel like it's just a bunch of prep-work accounting for the fact that I'll be going back into the office again the next day.

this is pretty much my position. I've been working from home, for 8 or 9 years. The commute is around 2 hours each way. So saving 4 hours + other random delays is heaven. I've been offered work on twice my salary but all include travel. No chance i'll take them. Quality of life > Extra monies

May I ask where you work? I am seeking a remote software/senior software engineer position. Thanks

Not who you asked, but there are lots of companies.

I found my current role through a SO job posting. It was actually pretty quick.

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