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How remote work may impact our brains and what to do about it

I love working remotely. It created a sense of freedom and choice in my life. And I’ve been doing it all my working life for the last decade or so, even though I took 2.5 years off to live in the woods. At my previous company (Buffer), we became somewhat of a poster child regarding remote work. I gave dozens of talks and wrote articles about how great remote work is in front of thousands of people. And I continue to believe in the benefits that remote work has and continue to work remotely myself.

And yet, I think it’s important to shed light on the challenges that remote work can bring. There was an inspiring post by Ryan Hoover recently collecting over 1500 responses from people who reported their challenges on remote work.

Leo knows remote work. After all, he co-founded Buffer, one of the best remote companies in the world.

While there are a lot of positive sides to working remotely, there are also negative sides (as with everything in life). Leo looks more deeply into loneliness.

People may often think that working remotely = working from home. While this is probably true for a lot of people, I think it shouldn't be like that. You shouldn't work from home most of the time, especially if you have a family and you don't have a separate "office room" at your home.

I think that coffee shops as offices are also not good. There's just too many people, so they tend to be rather noisy. Also, isn't it weird to sit 8h in the same coffee shop several days in a week? You should probably change shops and that's also a bit cumbersome.

So, for me it seems that coworking spaces are the best solution for remote work (saying this from my home, where I'm working 99% of my time, and I do have a family and no separate room for my "office")
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