Modern technology and related jobs have allowed us to get out of our office.  This change in a work venue can be full of challenges.  On the other hand, remote work benefits can often overwhelm the negatives.  I think that your view of this situation is a matter of your goals and personality.  Nevertheless, this is a season of positives, and we will embrace those opportunities.

Own Your Schedule

The more complex your life, the more your schedule is an essential part of your day.  We are all given only twenty-four hours a day, so those that manage that time better are likely to enjoy life.  No matter what our job is, the commute time required is part of our schedule, we do not control.  This daily time can add up quickly and steal away the things we can accomplish.

Giving You Back Time

We spend a lot of time preparing for and traveling to work.  That is often “dead” time spent driving with limited productive options.  We might be able to take public transport and be productive as we travel.  However, there are still things we do to prepare that spend time we would not if we stayed home.

As an example, have you ever worked on a Saturday or day off?  If you did that work from home, then I bet you found yourself far more productive.  Multiple factors go into that productivity, but think about how much time you did not spend commuting.  That may be hours that can be better spent.

Reduced Costs Of Working

Time is our most valuable resource.  Yet, it is not our only valuable resource.  There are monetary remote work benefits in the form of gas, not burned, laundry costs, and even eating out.  You will find that there are many ways to save money as you get used to working away from the office.  You will get those intangible benefits of more control over your time, but the tangible ones add up too.

Episode Challenge: When was the last time you assessed (and improved) your remote workspace.

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Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a longtime student of technology as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is a founder and principle of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although a few have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax.

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