The current COVID-19 pandemic can be either a blessing or a curse when working out of your home office. And that depends on your personality.
While some are grateful to finally get rid of long commuting times, micromanagement, and office gossip, — others miss the daily socialization and the “buzz” of the workplace.
No matter which category you belong in, one thing is sure — working from home can come with sudden lifestyle changes. And whether we like it or not, remote working is here to stay — so we have to learn to adapt.
Whether you’re thriving at home or can’t wait for things to get back to normal, you have to admit that remote work isn’t black and white. It’s not the worst thing that could happen, but it’s not perfect either, so the key lies in balance: taking advantage of its perks while balancing the downsides.
3 Positive Aspects of Remote Working
1. Less Pointless Commuting, More Productivity
Before the pandemic, workers spent an average of 4.3 hours stuck in traffic every week. That’s over 200 hours per year! And, no matter where you stand on the remote work debate, you will probably agree that there are a million other better ways to spend this time.
Not having to wake up at 5 am to spend an hour stuck in traffic is one of the best things about working from home, especially that you have the freedom to use this extra time as you wish.
In the mornings, most people have been using it to start work earlier and boost productivity. In the afternoon, they’ve been using it to catch up with family or just relax.
According to a Harvard Business Review study, we do 50% more activities by personal choice. The number of daily tiresome tasks dropped from 27% to 12%.
2. You’re No Longer A Guest in Your Own Home.
Office life can be hectic and time-consuming, especially in big cities. Long working hours combined with commuting can lead to a situation. Many people would have to leave home at 6 am and get back after 8 pm, therefore becoming guests rather than homeowners.
But that changed with the switch to WFH.
Many of us finally got to spend more time at home and connect with it on an emotional level. People are starting to pay more attention to how their homes look, clean more, do creative home renovation projects, and, best of all, get to spend more time with their loved ones.
3. Having Time For Self-care (That’s Amazing)
Maybe it’s because we have more time, or perhaps it’s a coping mechanism, but working from home got all of us into self-care mode — and we couldn’t be happier!
Sure, we spend less time getting dressed for work. Still, on the bright side, we spend more time sleeping, taking care of our skin, having hot baths, meditating, and in general, doing things that boost our wellness.
The most significant change happened in the skincare sector, where brands have seen a spike in sales, especially for at-home treatments. If, before the coronavirus, your bathroom shelf had a fragranced moisturizer and an apricot scrub, and now you’ve perfected the Korean skincare routine — hats off to you!
What’s Not Great About Remote Working?
1. Takeout Food is Practical But Bad for Your Health.
If you’re swamped with work and hear your stomach grumbling, you’d probably prefer to order takeout instead of preparing a meal for lunch.
However, this habit can harm your health — and your wallet — in the long run. Takeout is practical, but it’s often high in sodium and fats and makes it harder to control your portions. So as tempting as it might be to order takeout, prepare your lunch the day before.
You can also add multivitamin supplements to your diet if you feel like you could use more energy.
2. Feeling More Isolated
Communication at the workplace is crucial, not just because it makes the day more bearable but also because it boosts productivity.
Unfortunately, Zoom meetings can be very tiresome. They don’t do much to help you maintain the connection that took so long to build.
Unfortunately, social distancing prevents us from catching up with coworkers face-to-face. In the meantime, group chats are the closest you can get to team building, and for that midday pick-me-up, it seems that pets are the new coworkers.
While working remotely has undoubtedly improved many areas of people’s lives, it also comes with its own downsides. Creating a balanced routine while working remotely will help you maintain your stamina and productivity in your personal and professional life.
At first, it may be a tricky adjustment, but remember that it always takes time and patience to instill strong habits that will benefit your well-being in the long run.