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Kayode Osinusi Edited

Working remotely - How do you overcome the challenges that comes with it?

As well all know, working remotely has it benefits and challenges. I'd like us to focus on the challenges that comes with working remotely in this post. 

Myself and other community ambassadors were having a discussion about the challenges we've faced with working remotely and how we've overcome them. So here is the question:

What have you found works best for you to separate work and life when working from home?

As for me, working remotely has been a fun ride, this is because I have schedule I stick with and I'm able to prioritise pretty well. I must say this has helped me a lot and some of the challenges I've faced mostly is communication issues as things tends to go silent sometimes and you have to do check-ins quite often.

Let's talk about this, share your experience and comment below on how you've overcome the challenges of working remotely.

Can't wait to hear what everyone has to say. 

 

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Laura Cunha
InVision ambassador Laura Cunha, InVision Employee , ambassador
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I love this question! I've been working remotely since 2017, and it's been absolutely transforming in the way I work. But of course, it doesn't necessarily work well for everyone, and it can exacerbate existing flaws in the way we work, especially around communication gaps and time management.

Here are some of the aspects in my remote routine to help me separate work and life:

  • Physical cues: Even when I'm not able to work in a separate room or in a co-working space, I always try to separate my work areas and my play areas. For instance, by making a point of not working from the bed or couch (even when I really feel like it!)
  • Time cues: It's easy to succumb to "remote guilt" and feel the urge to prove that we're working hard, and that makes remote workers prone to overworking. I keep my work mostly within a specific time frame, and try my best to do non-work related things before and after that time.

But at the end of the day, remote work brings a great deal of fluidity between work and life, and it's okay to embrace it! If I'm at home, I sometimes use my breaks to do some chores or errands. If I'm travelling, I'll probably go try some local food during my lunch break. At the end of the day, it's all about the balance!

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Caleb Williams
InVision ambassador Caleb Williams , ambassador
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Interesting question! I work from home about 3 times a week, it's actually fun. I figured out a way to stay productive and avoid time wasting activities. I do time-blocking, this could be from 30 minutes to 2 hours of focused work. 

This helped me to do work that matters.

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Caitlin Cambron
InVision ambassador Caitlin Cambron , ambassador
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Laura, I agree with what you said. I love you broke it up into physical and time cues.

I worked from home for 3 solid months several years ago, and am lucky to have a flexible schedule that allows me to do that in my new position as often as I want. I enjoy the balance, but prefer to work in the office. When I do work from home I have these rules:

  • Stick to a schedule - I get up at my normal time and try to keep my "get ready for work" routine (aka not stay in PJs all day). I keep an eye on if I feel like I need to prove that I'm working because I tend to work unhealthy hours when I feel that way. Keeping to a lunch hour and including breaks as normal is critical for me.
  • Work in a work space - I have a home office that I do work in, and if that gets boring I head to a coffee shop. I get way too distracted if I work in bed or on the couch and tend to gravitate towards normal activities for those spaces; lots of zoning out on screens. Working at a desk or around others keeps me focused.

Like I said, I prefer to work from the office because I am bad at playing by my own rules. In the middle of those 3 months I worked from home with no office time, I worked almost 12 hours per day and rarely had a a schedule. It was awful! It's counter-intuitive, but working from home takes discipline to be successful. Schedules are key!

These days, the only time I spend working from home is when I need to be heads down for a few hours. Having the option to do that is the best part :)

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Kayode Osinusi
InVision ambassador Kayode Osinusi , ambassador
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That's great Caleb Williams Laura Cunha

Thanks for sharing your experiences. I'm sure this will help folks looking to start remote work and those already doing remote as well.

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Michéle (Mikele) De Sousa
InVision ambassador Michéle (Mikele) De Sousa , ambassador
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Great post Kayode!

I can't agree more with what Laura and Caleb say.

For me it's all about setting up your environment and creating set boundaries that allow you to work remotely but more importantly that you can call it a day when the day is over. This is different for everyone.

Stay awesome! 

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