How to Keep Blooming When You Work Remotely

Remote work can be hard. People tell us this all the time.

Yet those of us who work remotely also know it can be fun. We can choose our own parameters.

I reckon it's partly a mindset thing. You see, we can take the view that being away from the office means it's a tougher gig. Or, we can flip that argument on its head, and recognise all the freedoms we have. Especially those of us in regional and rural locations.

This week, David, from the USA, has been corresponding with me about this theme. He has some excellent insights into working from home.

David and his wife are both in their second careers. In a leap of faith, he left a secure role of more than 11 years after an offer from a recruiter. To quote David:

"... an opportunity to do some really interesting design work from my home office. The challenges of working remotely have percolated in me a desire to ...discuss this in a manner that will help to develop some disciplines and practices as well as help others... I consider myself quite blessed to have this opportunity."

I consider we are even more blessed to have David's insights, and his permission to share! So, what has he found out about remote work, and himself? On the negative side:

  • there are occasional technical glitches,

  • it can be lonely, and

  • it can be harder to access some information.

Yet, "it's also the greatest opportunity for introspective critical assessment I've ever had. There is no fibbing in the mirror. And never have I been so acutely tuned into results driving my efforts as I have here."

David's advice to other remote workers? Getting exercise, good nutrition, and setting boundaries are key. While flexibility is great, there has to be a fence around work, or it can be all-consuming. Looking after yourself is imperative.

I suspect this resonates with those of you working from home, or in the gig economy, no matter whether you are regional or not.

So, if you're a remote worker, my invitation to you this fortnight is to:

  • consider how you can change your mindset about the challenges,

  • explore how you can improve the borders around your work,

  • examine your current self-care regime, and aim to improve that by 1% (refer James Clear's wonderful book Atomic Habits for more on this)

  • stay curious about how working remotely can serve you even better than it does now

And if you're not working remotely, and would like to be - ask yourself, what would it take to make it possible?

Lacey Yeomans