Time management Mondays: Telecommuting

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Did you see Friday’s piece in the New York Times about the rise of telecommuting?

As someone who works from home most days, I was gratified to read that a Chinese study found “home-based employees worked more than office workers — 9.5 percent longer — and were 13 percent more productive.”

I’ve had gigs in traditional offices, but since I launched my writing business in 2005, my main workspace has been at home. The hardest time was at the beginning, not because of social isolation but because I lived in a one-room studio, and my desk was 15 feet from my bed. (Talk about a work/life blur.)

I credit my time in graduate school with helping me stay productive, though the Internet, laundry, and dishes are ever-looming distractions. I don’t find I get too lonely, but my work is collaborative in nature, so I still have plenty of interpersonal interactions on an ordinary day.

Do you work from home? What do you like or dislike about it?

2 thoughts on “Time management Mondays: Telecommuting

  1. I’m selling my home & moving to get a bigger/better office that’s functional. No more after though office shoved into a spare room. Now my writing will be the focus of my environment & life.

  2. I wish I could telework, but my job entails bringing new applicants onto active duty, and personnel file documents aren’t digitized until after that step. Due to security requirements in handling other peoples’ personally identifying information, I can’t take the documents I need to DO my job out of the office. 🙁

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