Why Remote Working Is Bad

Tips for when the novelty of remote working wears off

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Tips for when the novelty of remote working wears off

It’s impossible to focus

When you’re working in isolation it can be really hard to keep your mind from wandering. Whether it’s taking a minute to load the dishwasher, feed the cat or plan your weekend it’s all too easy for those five minute breaks to become half an hour of mindless scrolling on TikTok.

It can be lonely

If you’re used to going into an office every day it’s a big adjustment to miss out on the team culture. All those water cooler moments, team meetings and coffee breaks really help to top up your mind’s need for social interaction. You might have found Greg from accounts seriously annoying with his constant holiday stories, but now that you don’t speak to him (or anybody else) for hours on end you strangely find yourself wondering if he ever got to go to Cancun?

Work/life balance becomes a blur

You’ve always wanted more ‘life’ in your work/life balance, but now that work is in your home, and you only have to walk a few steps from your bed to your desk, it all seems a bit too close for comfort.

Creativity can dry up

When you are sitting in the same environment day in day out, without the stimulation of your team around you, it can be hard to keep coming up with fresh new ideas. When you find yourself hitting the brick wall, take some time to see what the competition are up to. Also have a look at your customers, see what they’re talking about on social media, or how they are adapting to current circumstances. By bringing the outside into your day you can create serendipity by stumbling across something that inspires your next brilliant project. Sometimes you have to get out of your zone and create your own lightbulb moment!

Unexpected video calls

There’s no getting around this one. Just make sure you at least change out of your pyjamas each day!

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Software architect, startup adviser. Editor of https://medium.com/applaudience. Founder of https://go2cinema.com.

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