By: Darko Jacimovic
Although 99% of remote workers would love to continue working remotely for the rest of their lives, sometimes it can get exhausting, lonely, and outright frustrating. If you enjoy researching and writing, blogging is probably the ideal job for you. However, perhaps you didn’t realize some of the issues you will face when writing and working from home.
These remote work statistics may reveal the many benefits of not working in an office, but it all comes at a price.
Many remote workers find it challenging to stay focused on their work when at home, while the lack of co-workers has resulted in 19% of them feeling lonely. One of the most significant issues, though, is unplugging at the end of the day.
Where There’s a Problem, There’s a Solution
The solution to the challenges above depends on the individual. Everybody has their way of dealing with the issues that come with being a remote blogger. Here is what I’ve found to be tried and tested solutions for the most common obstacles.
1. Unplugging at the end of the day.
Unplugging seems to be an issue that nearly all remote workers face daily. When you work in an office, you leave work behind until the following day. When your office is at home, it is easy for it to overflow into your personal life. Time management is crucial here.
Set a work schedule, as well as specific times that you will put your work aside, and stick to it.
2. Fighting loneliness while working at home.
The same thing that attracts most bloggers to start is usually the one thing they struggle with the most in the end. Consider coworking spaces in your area or pick up your laptop and visit a local coffee shop with reliable internet. This doesn’t have to be a full-time solution, but an alternative for the days you feel you miss the presence of other people around you.
3. Dealing with distractions at home.
This is particularly the case if you also have children, but even without them, there is always something to distract you from work at hand. Dealing with distractions when writing requires action before they even begin. Turn everything off, including the radio, grab a snack, and relax in front of the computer for 15 minutes before you start.
If you have children and they are old enough to understand, set your workspace as off-limits while you are working. Scheduling is crucial here. Set breaks for you to spend time with your child throughout the day. Set an hour for lunch that you can enjoy together without worrying about work. For younger children, it is essential to arrange your work schedule accordingly with their naps so you can be more productive.
4. Writers’ Block
There are hundreds of books written about this. It is, by far, the most frustrating and common issue any writer has. Unfortunately, the more you push it, the worse it gets, and deadlines don’t help.
There are many solutions to dealing with writers’ block, and the best one is to step away. Unplug entirely and do something physical, even if it just means folding the laundry. This will clear your head and get you back on track.
5. Collaboration and communication for a new project.
Whether you are writing for a company or doing a guest blog post on another website, there are important points to clear up before you start. Everyone has different guidelines that writers need to follow, and sometimes they aren’t very clear about their expectations. This can get frustrating and overwhelming.
Form a list of essential points that need to be cleared up before writing anything. These points may include the acceptable length of the text, the tone, formatting, and links that you can add. These are just a few.
Don’t be ashamed to ask questions because everyone understands the differences between writers, so nothing is embarrassing about clearing up the details.
What are some challenges you face and the solutions you’ve found?
Every remote blogger faces different challenges throughout her career, and each has their solution.
Share your writing challenges and how you’ve managed to overcome them.
What solutions do you have for the writer or blogger? Do you write poetry, prose, or problem-solving posts for writers and bloggers? Don’t have enough exposure for your writing?