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It’s becoming increasingly popular for professionals to not work in an office, or if they do, regularly work from home as well. If your career allows you to work remotely, you’ll find there are many benefits to doing so, if you can discipline yourself to do productively. Working remotely can be challenging, but once you learn how to do it effectively, there are many benefits. You may find that you’re more productive working from home or that you feel less stressed out and more on top of everything. Here are some of the benefits of remote work.

No commute

Many people spend hours every week commuting to their job. It’s been shown that spending so much time in traffic trying to get to work adds an unnecessary amount of stress to your day. Worrying about getting there on time, the stress of driving, having to sit for so long, and various other factors cause an undue amount of anxiety. Working remotely means that you no longer have to worry about that commute and have extra time in your day to focus on other tasks. More people driving less is also good for the environment!

Increased flexibility

Working remotely provides a huge amount of flexibility. You can often change your hours around to fit with your schedule, which is a huge bonus for parents who may be dropping their kids off at school in the morning. You can also move your hours around to fit in appointments or other tasks.

Save money

By avoiding driving to work each day, you’ll save money on car maintenance and gas or the cost of public transportation. You’ll also avoid making impulse buys while at work; if you’re at home, you don’t have the excuse of forgetting lunch or needing to buy coffee.

Efficient meetings

Oftentimes, when you’re in the office and having meetings in person, they seem to drag out. People keep talking or ask a lot of questions. Other times, the meetings may start late because people get sidetracked. If you’re holding meetings through video chat or over a conference line, your meetings will be more efficient with fewer sidetracks.

Avoid office distractions

Too often, the office is filled with distractions. Whether it’s the sound of people talking, office politics, or general noise and sights, having a quiet office or area in your home means you can avoid the distractions of working in a small office with lots of other people. Even if you have your own office at work, you’re likely having people try to talk to at various times throughout the day.

Improved productivity

For people who work remotely, many have reported increased productivity in their work. Being able to adjust your schedule to fit when you work best while also avoiding typical office distractions mean you can get more done. Instead of being exhausted from your commute, you can use that time to better prepare for the day as well.