Remote work has upsides and downsides

I’m going to preface this post by saying that working from home is pretty awesome. That’s the easiest place to start. I don’t want to complain about a privilege that many do not have in their line of work. I personally am able to work remotely and I love it. The upsides of remote work are pretty obvious but I’ll talk about them anyway

Upsides of remote work

No commuting. I swear you feel so relaxed when you being your workday without cursing at everyone on the highway. If your a subway/bus/mass transit commuter, it is lovely to spend your morning not awkwardly packed into a bus/train/etc. seat trying not to invade your seatmates personal space. You also save the money if your transit isn’t paid for by your employer.

Instant Access to Food / Not spending money on lunch. I literally don’t eat nearly as much now that I eat keto but it is very nice to save the money on food. I can go and whip up my lunch and walk back to my desk to finish working. It also means instant access to my love, coffee.

Avoiding Small Talk. Some days when I’m in the office, I feel like I can’t get anything done because everyone wants to make small talk about anything. And some days it’s cool I’m a pretty social person but other days I just want to be alone!

It’s Easier to Focus. When I’m home I can work on a task without interruptions. I don’t have to worry about stopping a task and losing my focus.

a keyboard used during remote work

Downsides of remote work

Lack of Work/Life Separation. My hobby is gaming. It’s been this way for years. I literally finish remote work for the day and then stay on the computer to play the Sims, Stardew Valley, Fallout 4 or whatever the flavor of the week is. Because my hobby is done on the same device I remote work on, I don’t get much of a break. To remedy this, I’ve tried to start incorporating an after work workout. This way I have to leave the house and I can separate myself from the workday.

No Exercise / Movement.  The good thing about commuting into the office is the walking that occurs during the commute. Most days if I work from home, I don’t walk or move around. It’s a bad habit. I’m planning on after work workouts and eventually before work workouts will be the norm too. I know I’ll be sitting for 8 hours so two gym trips won’t be a big deal.

Loneliness. This is a rarer downside but you can get lonely working remotely.

 

Overall remote work is awesome. I mean, in all honesty, I can’t wait for the day I can work remotely 5 days a week. This way we can move from this high cost of living area to somewhere cheaper and focus energy on debt payments and down payments!

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