re: There Be Monsters in Working Remotely VIEW POST


I've been working full-time-remote for most of the last 5 years, and occasionally-remote for most of my career (27 years).

The item you call out that I think is by far the hardest is distraction, but that's true in any environment. Let's be really honest here: being in the office doesn't keep people off of the "social" parts of the Internet. Firewalls may keep us of Facebook if they're really stupid but we always find ways to be distracted.

Also, co-workers can be just as distracting as cats and family members and realizing your laundry is almost at the point of an emergency. Water cooler conversations can be very valuable, but sometimes they're really just about what was on the tube last night.

So basically, what I'm getting at is: if you're a distractible person (I am!), you're going to be distractible at home, or at the cafe, or at the office, or standing on your head in a tank of live goldfish. Learning how to be productive despite being distractible is what matters.

Extra hours? I used to do that in the office all the damned time, too. Sometimes the work actually requires it, especially if you're distractible! Again, it's up to you, the worker, to decide how much, and where to draw the lines, and this is true at home or at work.

I will say this: I always get dressed for work. Granted, my idea of work attire is pretty casual, but despite laughing right along with everyone else who says, "Must be nice to be able to work in your skivvies", I never do. I also never work in bed. If I'm actually working from home, it's in my office, at my desk, wearing clothing. If it's from someone else's home (I sometimes work at my dad's place) I pick a space to set up as if it were my "office" for the time I'm there.

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