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Signs You Aren’t Cut Out for Remote Work (and How to Adapt)

Working remotely sounds attractive to most people initially. Working from home and having the freedom to do a professional job in your pajamas or outdoors, sounds appealing to many traditional office workers.

While we don’t recommend working in your pajamas out of principle, other things might occur that indicate that remote work isn’t the best choice for you. Much of this depends on the type of career you have and what your general aptitudes are.

Take a few minutes to look at signs that remote work isn’t your best option and how you can work around these problems.

1. You have too many distractions at home

Let’s be real and say you likely do have distractions already around you at home. You have your TV, plus the internet, and social media. Then you may also have relatives or kids living with you who have far too much time available around the house.

All of these could ruin your concentration on an important job that requires technical perfection.

Should you find these too much of a temptation, it’s best to remove them, or at least be aware of your distractions and willfully avoid each one. One thing to note, though, is many people find offices much more distracting than working remotely.

Take time to assess where your biggest distractions are so you can make the right decision whether working from home (or another location) is the right path for you.

2. It’s a challenge for you to communicate through technology

If you’re doing a remote job requiring constant communication with associates or customers, it’s going to require being comfortable in front of a camera and conveying ideas effectively.

Not everyone has this natural ability. Before you start working remotely, test yourself to see how well you can communicate ideas or do customer service through a video camera. Thanks to video technology being near 4K quality now, it makes doing presentations of detailed information a lot easier. Nevertheless, it still requires you to present these things in a non-confusing way.

Talking one-on-one with customers this way is also newer territory, even if you primarily talk with them by phone. Either way, it’s easy to test this with a friend, or with your boss if she trains you to work remotely.

3. You don’t want to work with other people

Some people are loners when it comes to how they work. You might consider yourself a loner who has higher productivity levels without talking to other people.

The real benefit to working remotely, though, is being able to take on leadership duties from afar. Many bosses expect this to bring a more collaborative experience.

Remember, maintaining relationships with your co-workers every day is an important part of keeping ideas flowing in any company. In the chance you prefer working alone, perhaps it’s better to think of taking on self-employment (which you can also do remotely).

Jobs like writers and software developers can require more isolated work in remote locations. You’ll still have to communicate with clients or customers eventually.

4. You’re too much of a couch potato

One of the biggest misconceptions about remote work is that it gives you a chance to just sit on your couch or office chair all day without being on the go.

This isn’t the best way to take on a remote job since it’s one of the unhealthiest things in the world to sit all day. Standing desks are the way adapt to this problem so you don’t find yourself being physically inanimate for long hours.

What makes remote work so great is the convenience of not being tied to an office without necessarily taking away human interaction and collaboration. To do this right, you can’t think working from home means allowing yourself to bring out your worst habits simply because nobody is looking.

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