- 1. Your Office Can Be Any Kind and Anywhere
- 2. You’ll Save Money and Your Schedule Can Be Your Own
- 3. You Can Learn More and Become More Independent
- 4. You Can Actually Have Enjoyable and Effective Meetings
- 5. You Can Stay More Focused, Keep in Touch More Effectively and Avoid Office Politics at the Same Time
1. Your Office Can Be Any Kind and Anywhere
You’ll probably work from home if you work remotely. But that doesn’t mean you have to fill a corner of your living room with a clunky desk, a huge monitor, and an ugly rolling chair. You can fit your office wherever it fits in your life. You can use your kitchen breakfast bar as a standing desk or convert part of your bedroom closet into a “hidden” office so you can just shut your work away at the end of the day. Work in your PJs, avoid the commute, answer emails from a hammock while sipping a café latte. Better yet, head out to a beach or a park and really take your office to the next level.
2. You’ll Save Money and Your Schedule Can Be Your Own
Look on the bright side, you’ll see an immediate difference in your bank account. No more costs of commuting. No more separate wardrobes for work and then for everything else. You can also save on food costs since you’ll easily be able to whip up your own lunch and coffee if you work from home.
A lot of the work that can be done remotely nowadays can also be done on a flexible schedule. As long as you meet your deadlines, you can still put in your eight hours without starting at 8 AM.
If you do need to work specific hours, you’re sure to still have some break time—time you can use however you’d like! Even if you have just 10 minutes, you can do something that just wouldn’t be possible in a traditional office: take the dog for a quick walk, throw in a load of laundry, or take a refreshing power nap.
3. You Can Learn More and Become More Independent
Because you don’t have colleagues just a few feet away or a tech team one floor down, you’ll find yourself developing the skill of looking for your own answers and becoming more proactive to find what you need on your own. You’ll also end up with some skills simply because you need them to work well remotely. You’ll probably notice that you’re writing more clear and concise emails and being more sensitive to your team’s different schedules out of necessity once you’ve worked remotely for a while. Not bad things to be good at!
4. You Can Actually Have Enjoyable and Effective Meetings
With just a few clicks, you can have 10 people on a video call that’ll probably last just 15 minutes instead of 45. And you can use the chat function in the video call to quickly share docs or to add important comments without interrupting anyone.
Most people are afraid that they’ll be lonely or left out when they work remotely. But the opposite is actually true, as there’s a huge range of communication tools for remote workers available now. Some will even let you have a little fun together with features like emojis, chat room “bots,” or silly effects in video chats.
Because you don’t have everyone physically around you all the time, you become much more aware of the importance of keeping in touch. Instead of just knowing that you can pop around the corner to chat about the site redesign whenever you like, you know that you need to write or at least have a video chat. So, either in the process of composing your message or planning the meeting, you’ll refine your thoughts and questions and end up saving time when you do have that discussion.
5. You Can Stay More Focused, Keep in Touch More Effectively and Avoid Office Politics at the Same Time
With some willpower and a steady routine, you’ll soon learn to avoid being distracted by the TV or your next load of laundry. In fact, you should find yourself getting more done when you work remotely. That’s because you can control your working situation much more. When you’re remote and need to really concentrate, you can just change your status in the group chat to “do not disturb” and buckle down.
Because idle chatting and time just hanging around the break room isn’t possible, remote workers tend to skip the gossiping and posturing that happens in traditional work settings.
And that’s a huge bonus for everyone involved.
Wouldn’t you agree?
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