Be Productive Working from Home

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Tue, 10-08-2013 - 1:04pm

"Imagine waking up five minutes to 9 a.m., still in PJs, grabbing that steaming cup of homemade coffee, and settling down in a comfy office chair to work.

There's evidence this is becoming more common: One study estimates 45% of America's workforce has a job suitable for part-time or full-time telecommuting (the fancy term for working somewhere other than the office)."

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I found this tip interesting: Switch up your location. If sitting at home, bring the laptop to a café; the new scenery might motivate you to get more done. (Just don't spill coffee on the computer.)

Do you switch up where you work?

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Fri, 10-18-2013 - 1:58am

I was Manager of Coding in a renowned hospital (13 employees reporting to me), Manager of Record Completion and Transcription (23.5 employees), as well as a second shift supervisor before that. I'd first earned a 4-yr degree (Bachelor of Science) in Health Information Management from the Medical College of Georgia which is now known as Georgia Regents University.

Personally, I think it would depend on the job.

Creative types might get more done by switching locales for inspiration, but sometimes a new environment, noise, food, friendly people, et cetera become unwanted distractions that inhibit productivity.

As a medical transcriptionist, I was rooted to one spot by a foot pedal (which slows and speeds up dictation) and my veritable library of references kept close at hand to avoid leaving unnecessary blanks in a report.

That said, I absolutely agree that telecommuting should be embraced and not just for the PJs (major perk, but ladies - please change before you go to the café, LOL). Supervisors really can't say you will do your best work in a cubby. Give each person a chance to figure out where she can get more done. I know (from many years of experience) managers will be amazed overall at how much their empowered employees can do!

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Registered: 08-15-2013
Sat, 10-19-2013 - 7:01pm

I worked in an office for years and they started offering work from home, which I now do.  I imagine changing locales probably would help when the day starts to drag, but for me it's not an option.  My work has to be done on the desktop PC the company supplies and it's no mobile in the least!  Sometimes when I'm getting bored I just have to get up and do something for a few minutes and come back to my work.

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Registered: 10-24-2013
Thu, 10-24-2013 - 6:47pm

Recently I decided to stop working at a job and launch my own website (with a few partners) http://dezignmobile.com. Currently im working at home and it has its pros and cons. Sure it is nice to be at home and be able to do small 5-10 min tasks everyonce in awhile, but not having my friends around, like at work somewhere, isn't the funnest. Quite time is nice but not all day long for me :)

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Wed, 12-18-2013 - 3:32pm

I have to admit that the couch is my favorite place to work in the winter. In the warmer months of the year..I love to take my laptop and phone out on the back porch.

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