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It’s not the fact that remote workers don’t have to put on their pants (yes, not even on video calls) or that they get to travel and work from anywhere in the world.
Almost half of the Buffer’s remote work report respondents rate the flexibility to plan their time more freely as the biggest benefit of remote work. So this is what makes them happy instead!
Start the day by the beach or going skiing- depending on where you live and what gets the productivity juices flowing for you. Get a haircut in the middle of the day. Visit your friend for a beer and some pizza. After all that’s been taken care of, pick up on your work in the evening instead.
With remote work becoming more popular, we’ll probably see how the boundaries between “work” and “free” time start to fade. It starts to become one life instead of two.
This fading away of the boundaries is already happening and it’s causing some problems too. 1/5 of the respondents of the Buffer’s report highlighted unplugging as the biggest concern they have when working remotely. When there are no solid boundaries, it can be easy to always feel like working. Like checking your email every 2 minutes on your phone when you’re out for this pizza...
It can be helpful to have a dedicated room (or at least a desk) for your work instead of working from the same couch you watch movies in the evening. Also, while there may not be any clear boundaries set for the work by your employer, it is still good to keep your own boundaries as much as needed for being productive. You’ll find your own balance with time.