• jacob weberjacob weber, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    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.

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  • Jeremy WellsJeremy Wells, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    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

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  • Michael AleoMichael Aleo, 8 years ago

    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.

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  • Derryl CarterDerryl Carter, 8 years ago

    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.

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  • Chas SChas S, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    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.

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    • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, 8 years ago

      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.

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  • Nathan NNathan N, 8 years ago

    I don't think I could ever work from home. I hate the isolation and communicating solely over email is horrible.

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  • pjotr .pjotr ., 8 years ago

    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. r@m97.co.

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