I Work Remotely, and I’ve Never Been Happier

How Remote Working Has Improved My Quality Of Life

Michael Folling
Nov 16, 2018 · 5 min read

I’m happier, healthier, and the most focused I’ve ever been.

I work every day because I work remotely. While I don’t recommend that anyone work every day, I wouldn’t discourage it if it fits your lifestyle like it does mine.

If you’re considering working remotely keep reading to learn about how it has benefited me personally. Plus, I’ll share with you some science behind why there’s such a big movement towards a remote working culture.

How I Got Here

When I started Limitless Designs my goal as a founder was to create a lifestyle business. The only thing I cared about at the time was to be able to visit all of the people who are important to me, whenever I wanted to.

In my previous job, I missed many important events like friends’ weddings, and holidays with my family. I was working too much.

The long hours were bad for my health too. I frequently skipped the gym, and regularly indulged in our office beer keg, which eventually led to a massive weight gain—I was the heaviest I had ever been.

Then one day I just felt like my job was no longer challenging, so I quit. I decided to go remote.

These days I fill my schedule with things that are important to me, and I work the rest of the time. That could be spending time with family, practicing yoga in Singapore, or visiting my team in Kuala Lumpur.

I take breaks in the middle of the day so I can exercise, and I wake up without an alarm clock each day.

This flexibility means that I can work on my own terms, and I have the work/life balance that allows me to do the things that make me happy.

Is Working Remotely Right For You?

While my experience may be anecdotal, there’s actually a lot of scientific research which points to the fact that remote working can improve nearly every aspect of your life.

Do you want to be a better parent, spouse, or friend? Do you want to be healthier?

Remote working can help you achieve all of that.

How Remote Working Can Help You Be A Better Parent

If your goal is to be a better parent, you should know that spending more time with your children can have a significant impact on their outcome.

One study found that spending quality time with your kids is proven to increase their intelligence, empathy, and generosity.

The flexibility you get from working remotely means you can pick your child up from school or cheer them on at their soccer games.

How much of a difference would it make on your child’s happiness and development if you had an extra five or ten hours per week to spend with them?

How Remote Working Can Help You Be A Better Spouse

Working remotely can benefit your marriage as well.

A Swedish study found that commutes greater than 45 minutes can increase the risk of divorce by 40 percent!

While the average work commute in America isn’t quite 45 minutes, our commutes have been getting longer each year, and the percentage of people with commutes that are greater than 45 minutes is growing at a faster rate.

While there are a lot of factors that can contribute to divorce, removing your daily commute will have the most immediate effect on your marriage once you become a remote worker.

How Remote Working Can Improve Your Health

We often sacrifice our health for our careers.

But what if you could have it both ways? As a remote worker, you’ll have more time to exercise, and the flexibility to work out when you want, which means you’ll have little excuse for skipping a workout.

While that may sound good in theory, one survey found that it’s actually a reality, with 35% of survey respondents saying they get more physical activity when working remotely.

Try It Out

Working remotely has had an immediate effect on my happiness and health, and I’m convinced that most people who make the switch will see an improvement in their quality of life.

To be clear, there are downsides to working remotely, such as a lack of social connections, but there are obvious ways to interact with other humans. Consider joining a coworking space, or an online community of like-minded remote workers.

As with any major life decision, you should think hard about your reasons for making the switch. I recommend deciding based on whether a remote lifestyle will improve the things you value most such as family, health, or personal growth.

Have you made the leap to working remotely yet? What is the biggest benefit you’ve seen so far?

I’d love to hear your responses.

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Michael Folling

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Founder of @LmtlssDesigns and author of @101eComTips.

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