Remote work and how it affects the daily lives of people

by Mitja Felicijan

I have been working remotely for the past 5 years. I love it. Love the freedom and make your schedule thingy.

You work more not less

I've heard from people things like: "Oh, you are so lucky, working from home, having all the free time you want". It was obvious they had no clue what means working remotely. They had this romantic idea of remote work. You can watch TV whenever you like, you can go outside for a picnic if you want and stuff like that.

This may be true if you work a day or two in a week from home. But if you go completely remote all these changes completely. I take some time to acclimate but then you start feeling the consequences of going fully remote. And it's not all rainbows and unicorns. Rather the opposite.

Feeling lost

At first, I remembered I felt lost. I was not used to this kind of environment. It felt disoriented and a part of you that is used to procrastinate turns on. You start thinking of a workday as a whole day. And soon this idea of "I can do this later" starts creeping in. Well, I have the whole day ahead of me. I can do this a bit later.

Hyper-performance

As a direct result, you become more focused on your work since you don't have all the interruptions common in the workplace. And you can quickly get used to this hyper-performance. But this mode requires also a lot of peace and quiet.

And here we come to the ugly parts of all this. People rarely have the self-control to not waste other people's time. It is paralyzing when people start calling you, sending you chat messages, etc. The thing is, that when I achieve this hyper-performance mode I am completely embroiled in the problem I am solving and this kind of interruptions mess with your head. I need an hour at least to get back in the zone. Sometimes not achieving the same focus the whole day.

I know that life is not how you want it to be and takes its route but from what I've learned this kind of interruptions can be avoided in 90% of the case easily just by closing any chat programs and putting your phone in a drawer.

Suggestion to all the new remote workers