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    Posted February 26, 2013 by
    MonikaKH
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    Singapore
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    Telecommuting: Your productivity tips

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    I love my homeoffice!

     
    I have been working from home for years and it was one of my best professional decisions. I hated to waste time on the road to get to and back from the office or to sit in useless meetings where people would talk endlessly.

    Yahoo’s move is a step backwards in my opinion, especially for mothers who want to combine family and career.

    Working from home allows me to be more productive and concentrate for hours without interruption. As a mum, I am more flexible to be there for my kids when they need me, which makes us all happier and more balanced.

    I find that innovation has nothing to do with office talk and spending hours in a packed workplace, which creates more stress and fatigue rather than new ideas.

    However, I do admit, that there are challenges and that it is not the best solution for everyone. In my opinion, a home office is only suitable for disciplined and self-motivated people.

    Here are my tips to succeed:
    - Organize you week on Monday morning, set achievable and clear targets.

    - Make sure you actually have your own, dedicated office. Working from the kitchen table is not advisable.

    - Discipline is very important but you can trick yourself by establishing a routine. I make sure I am at my desk at 8am every day and I stick to my working hours.

    - Get dressed nicely as you would for going out. Working in PJ’s does sound appealing, over time however it’s not helping with working attitude.

    - Set a fixed time each day or week to catch up with colleagues, either by meeting in person or by catching up over Skype etc.

    And last but not least my secret to staying motivated and keeping the energy up: Make sure you actually enjoy working from home by taking advantage of it from time to time!

    If the pool succeeds in calling me, I will just go for it and jump in for half an hour. These little luxuries give me plenty of energy for the rest of the day. And I find it extremely motivating to know that I can do that only because I have a home office.

    Monika Khaled works for www.mydestination.com/Singapore

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