Since more people used to work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic and feel comfortable with this idea, it appears that remote working will increase in the coming years and become a new normal, where everyone can take advantage of staying at home and working independently.
Working remotely was new to me, and I sometimes found it challenging. I prefer working with a team and sharing ideas. Working in person helps me be motivated and communicate effectively. I will be sharing my personal experience with remote working for the past two years and how I came over some distractions to deal with working at home. I will mention the distractions and challenges I face and some benefits I enjoy.
Managing time and creating my daily routine are one of my biggest challenges. How to structure my day without having a clear schedule, like working in the office. I find myself getting distracted by household chores or personal errands. It has taken some time to find out how to create a structure for myself and stick to it as best I can.
Another challenge has been the lack of face-to-face interaction with my colleagues. I am used to walking over to someone’s desk to ask questions, but now I must rely on email or WhatsApp messages. Miscommunication or delays in getting things done can occur due to online communication. Another challenge was finding my own space to work and get things done.
Different time zones and cultural differences are also a challenge for many remote workers and me too. I had to be aware of this and schedule everything to be convenient for everyone.
Additionally, to be mindful of cultural differences in communication styles and business practices to ensure effective communication and avoid misunderstandings. Communication skills require flexibility, open-mindedness, and willingness to adapt to different ways of doing things.
There have been technical issues faced, especially in Lebanon. Poor internet connection and lack of electricity can delay some of the work. Technical issues could be one of the most stressful situations I had to go through.
To cope with these challenges, I’ve developed a few strategies to stay connected and focused. I started to create a daily routine, specify time blocks for work tasks and take breaks at set intervals.
One of the best benefits is the ability to sleep more hours without the need to commute to an office; I can wake up and still have time to get my work done. The new routine has not only allowed me to feel more rested and refreshed but also given me more time to pursue other hobbies and interests outside of work.
Additionally, as someone who cares about being eco-friendly and aware of the environment, remote working helps me reduce gas emissions by eliminating the need to drive to work every day.
Furthermore, the flexibility of remote work has allowed me to work from anywhere as long as I have an internet connection, giving me location freedom that is needed at some point.
Finally, instead of worrying about whether or not the boss is watching me, I can concentrate and be more productive. Who agrees? Remote work has been a learning experience for me overall. I appreciate its flexibility and know the importance of remaining disciplined and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
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