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Remote Working From Home: A Neural Traffic Jam

Unattended tasks at home create stress and cause a neural traffic jam that paralyzes the remote worker. Some authors resort to going to a sparse hotel room with nothing for the eyes to hold on to, getting their focus completely on work and entering the flow mode.

The familiar is the enemy in this game of remote productivity. Coffee shops where no one knows us or is talking about us are often more productive for cognitive work. Even the sound of hammers or bricks will not interrupt our work as much as our own kid’s shouting.

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Working Remotely Is Harder Than It Looks

Professional writers, freelance writers and authors are the original work-from-home knowledge workers, long before the pandemic made remote working a household phenomenon.

Working from home requires a mental detachment from all the other pending tasks piled up at home, like laundry. It is hard to maintain one’s focus on office work when there is a brain-shift happening towards housework every minute.

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An alternative to working remotely at home is to Work From Near Home (WFNH), where household work, kids, familiar noise and many other causes of stress that distract us from our official tasks are absent. It can be a small rented office, cafe, or company provided coworking space.

Companies can even make a small up-front investment for the employee to work from near home and reap great rewards with visibly increased productivity.

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About one-fourth of the US workforce population will continue to work from home in 2022, and due to home environments that make remote working impossible, hiring managers will see unexpected delays and non-productivity. The post-pandemic world is getting geared up for increased remote work, and we all can take cues from writers who have been doing this for ages.

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  • Earlier a privilege for a few, work from home became a norm for most office-goers due to the ongoing pandemic and is likely to remain for the rest of the year.
  • The shift towards work from home, which became necessary for most companies, was thought to be blissful in the minds of employees, while the bosses viewed it with suspicion.
  • Employees are slowly finding out that it is lonely sitting in front of the screen at home and are missing the office culture, the sharing of ideas and socializing with fellow employees.

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You Are Your Job

Life has shaped us to do our jobs in a weird, almost comical way.

We are entangled to our jobs, and keep doing it way after our office hours, not because we are scared to lose our job, but because we are so identified with it, and so engulfed in our work that it has become our identity, our purpose and the only ‘happening’ part of our lives.

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  • Loneliness and isolation. And loneliness is associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety, and somatic symptoms like random pain.
  • Anxiety and pressure. The boundary between work and home life is not very clear. And switching between different roles and skills during the day will wear you out.
  • Depression. Besides the anxiety and loneliness that may lead to depression, sometimes work from home can make you feel stuck, like you are not achieving as much as the others.

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