I had often worked the odd days from home, and would have considered myself to be productive, so when I was presented with the opportunity to work remotely for an extended period, I jumped at the chance. For most people, working remotely means that you are working from home, but home can be a very different place for many people.
Your physical environment and access to services, such as high-speed broadband, can have a significant impact on how successful remote working is for you, but your own attitude is equally as important. If there are children at your home, you may find that they are looking for attention from you, which you are not able to give, as you are trying to do your job, so you end up with an unhappy situation. That isn’t fair on either party. If you live somewhere that does not have room for a proper desk and a suitable chair, you could struggle to work comfortably for 8 hours.
It is widely accepted that where creative collaboration is required, face-to-face interacti on usually leads to greater productivity. Data processing, or research type roles, do not tend to require much collaboration. With this in mind, it is important to consider if remote working is suited to your role. You may benefit from a mix of remote, and office-based time.
I have learned quite a lot about making full-time remote working a success for me, so here are some things which I believe are worth thinking about.