A lot of truth to this for sure. I've been working remotely from home for going on 2 years now and when I first started I didn't know if I could swing it and stay on track. But it's been fantastic and I can't complain about it at all (doing a load of laundry right now while working in fact).
One thing for me though, is I had to have a set schedule - get up, shower, coffee, then start the day and I try to work mostly from my office rather than anywhere in the house but to each their own for sure.
For almost 2 years I've been working in a full-time remote position. It's had its ups and downs, but it's been overwhelmingly a good experience. I don't work from home though. I work from a co-working office space.
Working from a co-working place helps to keep your social skills in tact, and makes it feel less lonely.
Remote work takes basic personal time management skills, and a self-starter. Honestly, it takes a special person to work remotely, and be effective at it. It's not for everyone.
Here is a Medium post I wrote related to this topic a while back: https://medium.com/@mrjeremywells/remote-work-can-work-dffeca5b025
Lots of truths in there. I worked from home for a while until we opened an office nearby specifically for me to work out of. Having my wife and baby at home was the ultimate double-edged sword.
Overall, I'm not sure I have the mental discipline to be a remote worker 100% of the time. I draw a lot of self-assurance and focus from the people around me, and not everyone can replicate that when working in solitude. However, I think it's a skill that can be improved with experience and dedication.
I definitely relate to the crushing feeling of "not getting much done" when you're at home. I never have that feeling when I work from the office.
I also agree about the hours! For some reason, working a "9-5" schedule is so terribly constraining when WFH. I have this sort of feedback loop where I freak out about what time it is, and how little I've done so far ... and it creates a big mental block for me. The best approach I've found is to start working immediately in the AM for 2-3 hours, and then take a break for a while ... sometimes several hours, during which time I'll frequently walk around the neighborhood, just to get some social contact.
With no one watching you around the clock, it’s not easy to stay focused.
I find this comment very strange. For him I guess that's true, but I would hope that for most people that's not the case.
I know from years of personal experience that it's not the case for me. If you're not motivated to focus on work 95% of the time, then I would really question if you've chosen the right field or place of employment.
I also question complaining about a 9-5 schedule. Why would that be any different if you were at home or in an office? You're still likely collaborating with your fellow employees, and if so they're likely working 9-5 as well.
You can have all the motivation in the world: if you're not disciplined enough, you won't be able to follow through.
And that's a personal thing. Which is fine. Some people aren't that disciplined, but when in an office environment suddenly turn into the perfect employee.
I don't like that line you have in your post; "I would hope that for most people" etc. It sounds like you base your expectations of others on your own personality. I think that's both unfair to others, as well as setting yourself up for disappointment.
I don't think I could ever work from home. I hate the isolation and communicating solely over email is horrible.
Working remotely as a designer certainly comes with it's own sets of challenges. When I started working remotely over a year ago I was both super happy, and mildly depressed. I was happy because I was more productive than ever. The ability to make my own schedule went a long way.
I was slightly depressed because even if your company has a strong remote culture, which mine does, you still feel left out when people are working together at HQ.
I did write a small blog post on the tools and processes we use to stay connected. I plan on writing a more up to date version of that within the next month or so.
Also, my inbox is open to those looking for advice on working remotely as a designer. firstname.lastname@example.org.