Is It Hard to Stay on Task As A Teleworker?

Best Practices, Employees, Employer

Originally posted on September 5, 2013. 

Tips for Staying on Task from a Teleworker

bigstock-Businessman-with-laptop-celebr-41949100Oh the perks of working from home. Telecommuters save on gas, enjoy more free time, and they don’t even have to wear shoes. The perks are undeniable for both employee and employer. Employers save on office expenses and enjoy the perks of productive and stress-free employees. These perks only apply if actual work is getting done. It’s so easy to sink into a couch with Netflix when it’s right there calling your name, or run a few errands while the offices and banks are still open. There are so many temptations when you’re the master of your time. One in ten U.S. workers work from home at least one day a week, and I’d be willing to bet that at one point or another they have trouble staying on task. Get a grip and get work done with these five tips from a telecommuter. Think of it as the time-waster’s diet tricks.

Give Yourself Deadlines
Obviously we have deadlines from managers and project leaders, but those are often pretty open ended like, by the end of business or by the end of the week. With multiple tasks on the to-do list, it’s easy to say, “I have until ____”, I have plenty of time. Working from home is a time/task balancing act. When we aren’t in an office, it’s easier to put things off. Creating personal deadlines for each task, ahead of their actual deadline, ensures that everything will actually get done on time. If everything is due by the end of the week, it can get pretty hairy when you’ve put everything off, it’s Friday afternoon and you still have a whole season of Fringe to enjoy. Don’t even try to act like you don’t know what I mean. Read more…