Almost everyone has been working from home for the past few months.
You’re maybe typing away right now, either on the dining table, in the living room, or in the bedroom. Makeshift workspace suddenly appearing in every corner of the house.
For parents, learning to balance work with childcare and homeschool is the real challenge. Attending multiple Zoom meetings every single day. Trying to set work-life boundaries at home (or is it at work?).
But it’s all forced to happen during these weird times, it’s not the same as making a choice to work from home.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to make that choice since 2018. I wrote (almost) the full story of how I eventually work remotely in this article. It’s not always easy though, I have struggled with productivity and loneliness.
You’re maybe considering to continue working from home after the pandemic, or your company is looking to shift to remote permanently. Here’s why you should look forward to it, from the perspective of someone who’s been working remotely for more than two years.
No commute, no traffic
Working from your the comfort of your own home means you don’t have to go anywhere to work. You can move from your bed to the sofa, or the dining table, or even the cafe. As long as you have your computer and Internet connection with you, you’re good to go.
In some cities, like mine, this alone solves the major problem of a time-waster. The traffic. Commuting from where I live to Jakarta can take 1-2 hours during rush hour, so that becomes 2-4 hours a day, in a car or on a bus or train.
Which brings me to my next point…
Time > Money
Yes, no commute also means no additional expense for transportation. But that’s not the most important thing. You’ll soon realize that time is way more valuable than money.
You work to live, not the other way around.
Time, spent with your family and friends, is more precious than the money you’re trying to acquire. Money can only buy happiness to some extent, life is much more than that.
With remote work, you’ll get these extra hours at your disposal, ready to be used for something else other than commuting. I use mine to learn new things, make more mistakes, and exercise. To focus on things that really matter.
Consider remote next time you’re searching for a job
Personally, I wouldn’t want to go back to working in an office (if possible). It’s an ideal fit for me and my personality, it’s how I’m able to do my best work.
There are a lot of other perks of working from home, but I found these two to be the ultimate reasons why. It’s so fundamental to your quality of life and your overall lifestyle.
How about you? Would you shift to remote work permanently?