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The idea of working from home has been around for a while, but it would not be a stretch to suggest that it became extra prominent during the pandemic.
Many people discovered what it is like not to go to their office every day. Sure, for some, the experience felt lackluster because they like to socialize with coworkers in person.
On the other hand, some people have realized how beneficial working from home is, and they do not think that coming back to the office is really an option for them. Why? There are more reasons than you might think.
More Free Time for Hobbies and Side Hustles
Let’s start with the obvious—more time that you can dedicate to hobbies and even working extra.
Not having to go to the office means that you can spend extra time in bed in the morning, and for some, that is a reward in itself.
Of course, it is easy to get into bad habits, such as oversleeping or going to bed too late, so be mindful of your sleeping habits.
Now, this free time you have means a better overall life and work balance, which is great for your mental health. Some people like to spend their time with families or pursue their hobbies, such as video games.
Others try to start a side hustle because they want to pursue a different career path in the future or make some extra money on the side. Whether you want to make money selling clothes from home or start blogging, it is much easier to do that when you do not have to dedicate as many hours to your day job.
No Office Drama
Office drama is one of those things that not many people like to talk about, but it exists and tolerating gossip and all that is not easy, particularly when you get involved involuntarily.
Sure, you could say that working remotely still means communicating with your coworkers, but the overall gimmick is different when you are interacting with them in person and communicating from the comfort of your home.
Less Commute Stress
Not needing to commute early in the mornings is arguably the best thing about remote work. If you have to wake up early to avoid traffic jams, it is to be expected that you feel stressed not just at work but also in your regular life.
Yes, you might still need to do some errands, such as taking your kids to school, but the mornings will be less stressful when you know that there is no need to rush because you can work from home.
Continuing from the previous point about the commute stress, not needing to drive to work every day lets you save money, and it does good for the environment.
Work commutes are not the only area that will let you save money, however. If you are someone who likes to eat out during lunch, you will find it easier to prepare meals for yourself at home, and it is a well-known fact that making food for yourself is cheaper.
Then there are other expenses such as various raffles and purchasing birthday presents for colleagues. Sure, such gimmicks might still be there, but they are less likely when you are not in the office in person.
Freedom to Customize Your Office
Speaking of offices, you might appreciate the fact that you are free to customize your environment to your liking. In other words, there are no restrictions because you do not have to worry about coworkers and supervision.
You might have to consider certain aspects if you need to spend a lot of time in virtual meetings in video chats, but for the most part, you should have the freedom and make your home office the way you want it to be.
Lack of Supervision
For some, the lack of in-person supervision can be negative because they need it for motivation. However, if you are someone who dislikes having a supervisor looking over your shoulder all the time, then you will appreciate working from home a lot.
Note that you should not treat this as a ticket to do whatever you want. Whether you have the supervision or not should not affect your performance. You still need to focus on your work. It is just that some workers find it easier to do a good job when they are not under the pressure of in-person supervision.
The last benefit that is worth mentioning is the fact that you can work not just from home, but from another location. For instance, if you move to another country, you should still be able to do the work. Or maybe you want to take some time away from the city and spend a few days in a rural area.
So long as you have an internet connection and your laptop, you should be able to carry out your tasks in a different environment, which can be a nice change of pace for your overall mental health and productivity.