Getting the Most from Remote Working
Thursday, 03 December 2020

 The remote working lifestyle has finally arrived for many of us – it is something that a growing number of workers have wanted to try but reluctance from employers has certainly slowed the change down – the widespread testing this year due to the ongoing pandemic however has shifted many attitudes as remote working has become more accepted, and heading in to the new year it may become a permanent part of your life. But how do you make the most out of your new daily schedule? 

More free time – Without the long daily commute, many of us could be saving upwards of an hour per day, for some this could be much more impactful as it allows you additional time in both the morning and the evening. Whilst an extra thirty minutes in bed sounds like a fantastic idea for some, if you’re already in the routine of waking early, you may be able to get chores out of the way early in the day or even start working a little earlier for an earlier finish time – make the most out of the earlier start granted to you, and it may just compound the free time you have toward the end of the day. 

More flexibility – One big advantage that digital nomads like here have been taking advantage of is the added flexibility that comes with remote working – you may be able to choose your own working hours depending on the position you’re in, but you’re also not limited to working from one location. If you’d like a trip away, so long as you’re able to get a good internet connection and put in the daily time needed, you could be relaxing on the beach in the sun whilst filling out your spreadsheets. With no ties to the office, the added flexibility can certainly change your work/life balance and have a dramatic impact on your quality of life. 

Try something new – Remote working opens up a huge number of possibilities for different roles and different approaches to existing roles, much of the rigidity in the work place has been born from the requirement to be in the office physically, but with that removed it allows for more rope to be given to any certain role and the ability to try new things within that role. If you’re able to explore these different options, you may be able to not only redefine your role entirely, but even step in to a new one that may be more suited for your talents and your new working habits, and as time goes many more of these opportunities will arise. 
The remote working approach is just one of many different proposals of change during this period of time too, Unilever have already suggested they’ll also be trialling a 4-day work week in New Zealand for their 81 employees, success here could mean this other big change may find its way to you too offering yet more flexibility and options to you, but that may still be some time away.
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