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How I finally made remote work work

I’ve been working remotely for the past 2 years. It’s been a journey of trial and error, but I’ve finally found a system that works for me.

The place where I work is fully remote, async and has minimal meetings. This allows me work whenever I want, from wherever I want.

Until last year, I worked from my home. I was in a comfortable environment and productive with my work. I had an abundance of free time. However, this freedom initially led me to spend endless hours in front of my computer screen, which adversely affected my mental health.

I love to travel. So I tried working from the mountains for a while. While it was a welcome change, it failed to address my need for social interactions and the formation of lasting friendships.

In search of a more balanced life, I relocated to Kochi. I chose Kochi as many of my friends already lived there.

I started working from a co-working space. For variety, I occasionally work from cafes, which offers a refreshing change of environment.

I also joined a kickboxing class. Not only am I in the best shape of my life, but the group setting also provides much-needed social interaction. These classes, scheduled at specific times, have introduced a sense of routine to my day, encouraging me to log off from work and engage in personal time.

Surprisingly, the busier life gets, the more we accomplish. My work has become more intentional, more productive.

I’ve come to realise that there needs to be an intentional effort to make remote work work. Afterall, the time and freedom which remote work offers is only worth it if you have meaningful ways to exercise them.