Over 20 years of experience working remotely as a sales professional and consultant honed my ability to maximize my productivity and maintain some semblance of a social life.
I want to share key tips with you if you find yourself telecommuting / working remotely.
This first tip is probably the most important piece of advice I or anyone else can give you:
1. Set boundaries with your family and friends.
2. Commit to establishing an updated work routine
3. Dress for work
4. You're at work - Do NOT answer your home phone.
5. Make sure you're working from some area at home that offers privacy and has some resemblance to an office.
6. Take scheduled breaks
7. Touch-base with your manager/boss and co-workers once in a while
8. Keep your work files organized and ready to transport
There are other great tips and tricks out there. These are the basics.
If you have questions about how to make the best of telecommuting, feel free to hit me up. If you want to explore more tips, or tips for certain arrangements, let me know and I'll do another article with additonal tips, or I'll do a deep-dive into any specific tip.
Working from home is double=edged sword:
If you're a goof-off, the temptation to goof-off or do non-work-related tasks will be strong, and you could jeopardize your job or career path.
The other side of that sword is that you can literally work from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm every day in a blink of an eye. That's why this next bonus tip is so important:
9. Schedule an end time to your work day and keep an eye on the clock
I hope these tips help you out if you're new to telecommuting! There are pros and cons to the arrangement, and ultimately you still have a job to do. This can be an arrangement that can help you shine to your employer while reclaiming the hour lost to commuting for yourself and your family/loved ones.
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by Robert Kwasnicki
Founder, Digital Marketing Partner
Musings, thoughts and perspectives from the Digital Marketing Partner team
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