I just read an article on how working virtually can increase happiness. I can attest to this because I have been doing it for a little over a year. The ability to totally structure my days and weeks exactly how I want to has been awesome. Working virtually can mean working from home, the patio, or cafes. Technology has made it so much easier to do these days. But it does take a lot of discipline because you can be just as much or even more distracted being outside of an office. Settling into a routine, keeping a good calendar, and staying on task is key.
Here's an excerpt from the article...
Working virtually and flexibly are facts of life for many of us. For some it’s a blessing, for some a curse and for many it just is what it is–the way the world is going. For those of us who manage people virtually there are two questions: a) can working remotely make us happier, and 2) do the bean counters and policy makers care about our happiness so long as the work gets done?
Recent research shows it might not be an either/or question. Working virtually can increase employee happiness and satisfaction (if it’s done right) AND there’s a way to quantify that satisfaction to satisfy the money folk. The key is to do it right.
You can read the full article here: Can Working Virtually Increase Happiness?
Do you work virtually? If so, what are your secrets for remaining productive.