Ep. 291: MOJ: 3 Biggest Obstacles We Faced Transitioning to Remote Work
In this episode, I talk about the hardest transitions that we have experienced during our time as remote workers, that you may be facing too. From creating a daily routine to setting unrealistic expectations, we’ve experienced it all.
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Hey everyone, welcome to another episode of my offbeat journey, where I share the ups and downs of working remotely.
In today’s episode, I talk about the biggest challenges I have faced becoming remote workers and what we have done to make the lifestyle sustainable.
When we think and see remote work, we are often shown images of people going to exotic places, having the most amazing lifestyles and just living this incredible life.
But what we don’t often see is the other end of it, and especially the beginning. As most of you know, I am a huge advocate for a freedom lifestyle. And as you may have guessed, becoming remote will give you a new sense of freedom that you may not have experienced before.
You have flexibility with your time, you can work from anywhere and so much more. But this freedom also comes with a huge responsibility and if you do not know how to navigate your way through it, you will drown.
So, I’ll be sharing our personal experiences and of course everyone’s experience is different but maybe you can learn from some of the things I’ve experienced so you can better prepare.
Here are a few of the biggest obstacles we have experienced as remote workers:
- Creating realistic expectations: as I mentioned before, we see a lot of depictions of what a remote lifestyle would look like. But in reality there are a lot of unpleasant moments. From the stress of traveling while you are still supposed to also make a living to the loneliness you may feel. One of the things that has helped me is to limit our to-do list and be honest about what we can actually do within the day. This way, I am able to pace myself without getting overwhelmed with certain situations.
- Setting a daily routine: when I first left my 9-5 one of the biggest misconceptions that I had was that I can just spend the day however I wanted, and I can finally escape the daily routine that I hated. But when I actually became a remote worker, I quickly realized that without a daily routine, I was prone to wasting time. Instead of being productive, I would watch shows, scroll on social media, take naps or go out and explore. Which of course took a toll on my work and business. But on the other side of it, I would also work non-stop and not spend time with my husband, family or friends. Which then took a toll on my personal relationships. So creating a daily routine that you can take with you wherever you go, is so crucial to making this lifestyle sustainable. And it is ok to figure it out as you go. Because you will be able to understand your peak productivity time and when you should take a break and how long those breaks should be. So don’t be afraid to explore that and it may be the hardest part for you, but will be the most helpful.
- Staying active: Another obstacle I had experienced was making sure we stayed active. Sitting and working all day can take a toll on your body, so one of the things we have added to our daily routine is our morning exercise routines because it has helped so much with not only our physical but also our mental health. I have seen the change in myself when I do not go out at least 1-2 times a day and how being sedentary can do. I became depressed, unproductive and my body aches a lot. So we now make sure that we go out for walks, a run or a bike ride every day so we can get some sun and also get that much needed break.
These are just a few obstacles I faced and how we were able to overcome them, but they are certainly not the only ones. What about you? What have you faced in your journey or how are you going to deal with the beginning stages of remote work life when you transition?
Let me know! Well, that’s it for now friends. I will see you in the next episode of My Offbeat Journey!