The Truth About Remote Working

As the digital nomad lifestyle gains popularity, fewer and fewer people choose to work in brick and mortar offices.  While sitting on the couch tapping away with a mop of unwashed hair and a bucket of kettle corn seems appealing, there are some definite disadvantages to working from home.  

Working from home means not having a defined schedule that helps you  differentiate work from leisure . This means that the temptation to break out your laptop at 2 am because you just had a brilliant idea seems insignificant, but “once in a while” can quickly become a habit.   

The Importance of the Office Space

Not having a physical office space has been known to cause  depression  because of the significantly reduced human contact.  Working from a  shared workspace  can reduce this because there are still people around, but the lack of workplace culture still remains an issue.

But not to worry! All of these challenges can be countered with some easy fixes. Creating a physical space dedicated exclusively to working solves having your laptop lying around just waiting to be used after hours.

Depression in the Remote Worker

Work related depression is no joke, but resources exist to support you when you feel yourself spiraling out of control.  Group therapy can be very beneficial here, not only because it creates an opportunity to share feelings, but also because it allows you to be around people who share your professional environment and the challenges they pose.

You should still try to connect with your coworkers even if they are spread across 4 different time zones.  Skype on a regular basis to hear about their personal lives and have a ready made excuse to travel for some face to face contact.

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