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How to build a change of scenery into your remote workflow

Coworking isn't the only way to add variety to remote work

How to build a change of scenery into your remote workflow

Coworking isn't the only way to add variety to remote work

Last updated
May 11, 2022
Written by
Melanie Broder
Artwork by
Aron Leah

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then working from home is totally insane.

All scientific and anecdotal data point to the fact that workers need separation, variety, and stimuli in order to stay motivated and happy. Exposure to new environments actually stimulates brain activity. Germans have a word for this: tapetenwechsel, a change of scenery.

But the question is: where should we work?

As many remote workers know by now, hunching over a screen by the beach or under a tree is not all it's cracked up to be. And thanks to COVID and WeCrashed, coworking is not too fashionable these days, either.

Here, now, in 2022: we want distance, privacy, the ability to focus without distraction. Less of work bleeding into life, and more of life taking precedence over work. We still want to socialize with coworkers, but in specified timeframes, designed around safety and public health protections, often virtually or outdoors or during weeklong offsites.

In fact, the reason why we believe so much in offsites is because getting far away from our homes and routines gives us license to experiment and have fun.

Our offsites are packed with work and social activities

But these events are rare, costly, and complicated. Not to mention, disorientation has its downsides. The answer to the monotony of WFH is perhaps to focus less on extreme solutions (renting a private island, or a full-time desk at a coworking space) and more on incremental ones, that include a mix of external AND internal changes of scenery:

A few suggestions to change things up

Of course, these solutions are mostly on a personal level, and we need to rethink how to build tapetenweschel at the institutional level as well. Is there a way to do so without removing some of the freedoms remote workers enjoy?

Does your team work asynchronously? How does your team incorporate variety into workflow? I'd love to hear from you at melanie@slite.com.

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Melanie Broder is on the Marketing team at Slite, where she works on all things content. She helps Slite users gain new skills through guides, templates, and videos. She lives in New York City, where she likes to read novels and run loops around Central Park.

Artwork by

Aron Leah is an illustrator and designer, who can usually be found thinking up new ways to clear his mind over a cup of coffee and has yet to realise the irony in that. His work is informed by an enthusiasm for uncovering meaning and emotion to develop ideas.

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