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Working remotely usually means working from home, but this doesn’t mean you have to sit at a desk in the corner of your living room, with a huge monitor and an uncomfortable chair. Your office can set out any way you like. You may look for a quiet room, or set your desk by the window for a scenic view. Some have even chosen to set-up the home office at their kitchen breakfast bar as a standing desk.
By this we mean you’re not tied to your home. This doesn’t mean your only other location is the local coffee shop, you can take your work with you while traveling, or even enjoying the outdoors, taking advantage of a long laptop battery life and tethering using your phone.
The immediate difference we noticed are the costs associated with your daily commute. However, there are many other areas to saving money. The need for suitable office attire has faded, and no longer a need for separate wardrobes for work and everyday life. Food costs can be another big saving since it’s much more convenient to make your own lunch and coffee when working from home.
Much work that can be done remotely nowadays can also be done on a flexible schedule. In many jobs, you can choose to work whenever it suits you, as long as your deadlines are met. You can still put in your eight hours without starting at 8 AM.
If you do have fixed working hours, you can still use your breaks however you like. Even if you only have 10 minutes, you can do something that wouldn’t be possible in a traditional office: play music, practise instruments, or take a nap. You’re likely to come back feeling more refreshed than you would after 10 minutes at your desk browsing the internet.
Without having colleagues around or a tech team on hand, you’ll find that you can develop the skill of finding your own answers and becoming more proactive to problem solve on your own. Asking questions and getting help is still an option, but more often than not, a simple Google search can help you find the answer yourself just as quickly.
Most will say they don’t enjoy meetings. But when you work remotely, you can be much more effective. These days it’s easy to have 10 people on a video call, which will probably last just 15 minutes instead of the usual 45. And you can use the chat function within the video call to quickly share files, removing the need to make endless hard copies or having everyone search through their emails. It’s also nice to be able to add important comments without interrupting anyone.
Most people fear that they’ll be lonely or feel left out when they work remotely. However it’s the opposite that’s usually true. There are so many communication tools for remote workers out there these days. Some allow you to customise the experience and even have a little fun with the use of effects and emojis. Even celebrating events remotely can be made possible.
Without having everyone physically around you all the time, you become more aware of the importance of staying in touch. Because you are no longer able to call for help from your colleague at a nearby desk, you begin to appreciate the need to write to them or at least make a video call. Whichever you choose, you’ll make your thoughts more concise, saving time for both parties when you do have that discussion.
With willpower and a steady routine, you’ll learn to avoid distractions. In fact, you may find yourself getting more done when working remotely. This is because you can control your working environment much more without worrying about co-workers stopping you to ask questions,or making small-talk while getting coffee. When you’re working remotely and really need to concentrate, you can change your status in the group chat to “do not disturb” and focus.
Every office has them. Whether it’s a clash of personalities, or just small annoying habits a co-worker may have, working remotely avoids this altogether. When communication is reserved for group meetings, with all members present, interactions will often be much more pleasant.
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