Working from home is fantastic
I am currently writing this article from my bedside. While it might seem like this is a recipe for a productivity disaster, the reality is that remote work can actually be hugely beneficial to your health, creativity, and ability to grind out projects. Sound too good to be true? Don’t take my word for it, let’s explore the reasons why working from home may be the best decision you can make.
Remote work radically reduces stress
It’s no secret that stress is horrible. Not only can stress lead to health problems like cardiovascular disease and cancer, but it also wreaks havoc on your mental health. Being stressed out can make you feel scattered, overwhelmed, and incapable of completing important tasks like organizing your social media, let alone thriving in your business.
As such, it is incredibly helpful if you can find a way to reduce your stress while working. This is where remote work can really help you out. Working from home allows you to be autonomous, control your pace, and surround yourself with a friendly and relaxing environment. These things alone can radically reduce stress levels, allowing you to focus on the work at hand rather than the deadlines or higher-ups waiting on you.
In addition, remote work removes the need to commute. While this may sound like a minor convenience, it has been shown that long commutes negatively affect your health in a number of pretty scary ways. Staying home and working from bed may literally help you live longer, and you’ll probably get more done too. Talk about a win-win.
Remote work allows introverts to thrive
OK, so clearly working from home can be great for your health and stress levels, but the benefits don’t stop there. Remote work can also boost your creativity. The reason for this boost in creativity is simple: when you work remotely, you can manipulate your schedule and environment to ensure that you feel inspired.
Working in an office with a set schedule may be great for some, but for many of us, it can feel suffocating. This is especially true of the introverts.
In Susan Cain’s book Quiet, she explains that we live in a society with an extrovert ideal. This means that many workplaces and companies have adopted the attitude that socialization, group work, and constant interaction will allow everyone to thrive. This simply isn’t the case.
As Cain explains, the difference between introverts and extroverts boils down to differences in sensitivity to stimulus. Extroverts can handle lots of stimulation, while introverts give more attention to each detail, causing them to burn out quicker. Because of this, introverts may have a ton more energy and focus in a familiar and safe environment, where the only new stimulus is the work at hand.
Takes one to know one
This rings true for me. I am an extremely introverted person, and for much of my life, I was conditioned to consider this a negative thing. I tried for years to embrace the work culture of constant interaction, lots of conversation, and socialization during breaks, and I wound up underperforming and feeling stressed all the time. I thought I was just lazy or flawed in some way, but it turns out I just needed a different work environment.
Working remotely changed my life. Now that I have the autonomy to stay at home when I need to, I am able to work on things with more focus and endurance than I ever thought possible. While it may have taken me a while to accept my introversion, now that I have, I can tailor my work schedule to ensure that I feel my most creative and relaxed. Remote work has allowed me to create a schedule that plays to my strengths, and I can’t begin to explain how much my quality of life has improved from this (not to mention my ability to write blog posts, focus on important tasks, manage my time, etc).
If you’re an introvert like me who has been trying to force yourself to be extraverted, you’re not doing anyone any favors. Your stress levels are probably high, and you’re probably not doing your best work while constantly being forced to socialize. Do everyone a favor and try remote work. Your health, your boss, and your brain will thank you.