How can remote work boost your energy levels?
With remote work becoming more popular, people who take advantage of it usually get the gift of time and energy. But how? Let’s look at some of the main benefits of e-work.
Our remote jobs save us the time we would otherwise spend commuting. Most people take approximately an hour to get to their workplace, depending on the distance from their house.
Working from home may save us two hours each day, assuming a one-hour commute. Ten hours per week equals 520 hours (65 full working days) per year. This is a significant difference.
We can save three weeks each year by working remotely, without traveling to the office, but there is also the point of our mental and physical health. Traffic jams can make us crazy; we may get stressed and frustrated; we may feel tired from the drive to work. Each of these external factors affects our well-being every day. Therefore, it is better to minimize their influence in our lives if we can. It will result in a better quality of life and more effectiveness.
You can save 65 working days a year by working remotely. You can save about €1500 a year just by not traveling to work. Assuming you started saving it (or maybe investing in stocks or cryptocurrency) 3 years ago, you would have €4500 or more in your portfolio by now.
If you commute every day, waking up earlier and shortening your sleep time harms your energy level. If you work fixed hours and don’t like to eat a power breakfast or are not an early bird, it may break your nutrition and have less physical energy. You would be more likely to maintain a healthy diet if you worked from home. If you had the flexibility to work on your schedule, you could follow your diet more closely.
Reducing carbon footprint
According to some studies, commuting accounts for 98% of an employee’s carbon footprint*. Commuters are often stranded in traffic jams because of conventional working hours, resulting in millions of tons of wasted greenhouse gases. Even so, there will still be some emissions from excess energy consumption at home.
Follow your Ultradian Rhythm
Having the ability to manage your time on your own is a convenient option. If you need to take a break during the day, you can go out and handle your administration documents, go to the doctor, or do anything else that needs to be done. Night owls can sleep in the mornings and do their work at night. The same is true for early birds, who are generally more productive in the morning. You can plan your day independently and reduce stress resulting from unresolved issues due to being forced to stay in the office.
Working long hours straight often doesn’t yield the best results. After a while, we just run out of creativity and energy and require a break and some activity to recharge. The Ultradian Rhythm Cycle is approx. of 110 minutes length, with 90 minutes of activity and 20 minutes of break**. The truth is, working from home allows us to have this break our brain requires, while the office is not always friendly to our needs.
Additionally, energy is crucial to consider when working remotely. The two previously listed points allow you to distribute your energy, take care of your mental health, sports habits, relationships, and effectiveness, among other things. For example, whenever you have a habit of running, you can do this in the middle of the day to reset your mind. Likewise, if you love to surf, you can move to the house by the ocean and enjoy your passion every day. You can accomplish all of this when you work remotely, which will undoubtedly enhance your sense of fulfillment.
Get more energy, save time, and save money. The remote working mode lets you accomplish all of these things, which will increase your satisfaction and effectiveness.
*Beno, M., The Advantages and Disadvantages of E-working: An Examination using an ALDINE Analysis, Emerging Science Journal, Vol 5, Apr 2021, 11-20
** Kleitman, N., Basic rest-activity cycle—22 years later, Journal of Sleep Research & Sleep Medicine, Vol 5(4), Dec 1982, 311–317