Working from home or working remotely is the practice of employees doing their jobs from locations other than an office. These locations can include a co-working or shared space, a coffee shop, a private office or even your own home. Now, let’s explore working from home, along with its benefits and drawbacks.
Let’s Explore Working From Home?
Many people think working from home and working remotely mean the same thing. Both have huge benefits that help with your overall well being, however they’re both different.
Working from home is working at an office four days a week, but working at home on Fridays to get a break from the office. It’s still the structure and framework of an office, but it allows for a change of pace.
Working remotely involves working outside of your company’s office all the time. It’s fundamentally different than working from home. It requires a different set of abilities, resources as well as skills.
It requires a self starting attitude and exceptional time management skills. Also, it requires proactive communication as well as the ability to be hyper focused.
In the next couple of sections, both terms may be used interchangeably. Both have the same benefits as well as drawbacks.
What Are Some Benefits?
Working from home and working remotely have many benefits.
- Better Work-Life Balance: Many remote work jobs come with flexible schedules. This means that you can start and end your day as you choose, just as long as your work is completed.
- Less Commute Stress: The average one-way commuter time here in the United States is 30 minutes. However, for many people their one-way commuter time is a least an hour and sometimes more due to traffic. Overtime, commuting leads to increased levels of stress and anxiety. Remote work leads to less stress and anxiety, which can boost productivity.
- Location Independence: Working from home has many benefits if you live in an area where there’s fewer jobs. Also, it helps if you have a job and you no longer want to live a city with a high cost of living. There are some people who work remotely who’ve moved out of the United States.
- Money Savings: If you work either part-time or full-time from home can save up to $4,000 a year. Working remotely can either reduce or eliminate costs such as gas, car maintenance, parking fees as well as professional wardrobe.
- Increased Productivity And Performance: Remote work can make you more productive and increase your performance. The energy and time you save by not commuting and having a more balanced life can be channeled into your work.
- A Happier, Healthier Life: Having a better work-life balance as well as having little or no commute can make you healthier. Remote work is beneficial for anyone managing a chronic illness. For example, many people who suffer from mental health problems benefit from lower stress levels as well as less anxiety.
What Are Some Drawbacks?
There are so many benefits to working remotely, however there are drawbacks as well.
Drawbacks are not the same for everyone It can feel isolating and lonely for you to not have coworkers, also you may not feel like you have an opportunity to network with others.
Some people struggle with their mental health working remotely, but there are others that don’t. Also, some people are easily distracted and don’t get much accomplished. Working remotely is really hard if you don’t have good time management skills, what may take some people an hour to do may take you 8 hours.
Let’s Explore Some Tips for Working At Home
Working at home or remotely has so many benefits, which outweigh the drawbacks. Here are some very helpful tips for being successful away from the office.
1. Adopt New Habits:
It’s pretty common to have both good and bad habits that affect how you perform at work. Working remotely can be demanding and having bad habits can make it harder.
Bad habits such as being disorganized, putting things off as well as being easily distracted can be overcome. Take a look at each bad habit and try to break each one by leaning into the new habit you want to adopt.
Here’s a related post: “Habits That Lead To Success”
2. Create A Workspace That Works For You:
Take a good look at the space you want to use for work. A good workspace helps you stay organized and help you be productive. Also, it should be quiet and keep you free from distractions.
A workspace doesn’t have to be a home office. Some people benefit from working in different places everyday, just as long as it allows you to get things done.
3. Strengthen Your Communication Skills:
Many people who work remotely benefit from improved communication skills. When employers and employees invest in delivering clear lines of communication, they rapidly build trust with each other. Also, you’ll become more confident and assertive.
Start by sharpening your remote communication skills. It’s possible that you’re going to be connecting with not only a remote team, but also with friends.
Working from home can be lonely and isolating, by always staying connected with others, you’ll not only improve improve your mental health but you’ll keep improving your skills.
4. Improve How You Manage Your Time:
Learning how to manage your time better is really important for working remotely. Many people say they have a hard time staying organized, focused and also put things off last minute.
A key part of successful time management is to have a daily schedule. The tasks you need to get done can be scheduled ahead of time, also you can set a deadline for when to get it done.
It also helps to have a daily routine for waking up, eating breakfast as well as exercising. The tasks you need to finish can be scheduled around your routine.
Do You Work From Home?
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