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Working from home Working Remotely Is The Future! This Is How LinkedIn Can Help You Working Remotely Is The Future! This Is How LinkedIn Can Help You A remote or telecommute job is the holy grail of job searching. Leverage the resources on LinkedIn to find your dream job. Read More can be a fantastic experience. It saves you money, and it allows you to be in control of your own work. Of course, in order to make working from home work for you, you need to make sure maximize productivity 8 Daily Rituals You Can Create To Boost Your Geeky Productivity 8 Daily Rituals You Can Create To Boost Your Geeky Productivity Habits are hard to hack. Daily rituals are way easier. You keep at something (good or bad) for several days in a row and it turns into a habit. Read More with a properly designed office. Think you can’t pull it off? The infographic here will show you how to work from home while actually gaining productivity. It’s a win-win!

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  1. Maryon Jeane
    November 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

    The advantages of working from home are limitless: all the above, plus things like not starting your day stressed by a horrible, intrusive commute on public transport, not having to listen to endless streams of inconsequential chatter, not being driven to homicide by other people's habits and tricks of speech...

    Being able to control your own diet rather than having to make do with what happens to be on offer near your office is invaluable for your long-term health, not just a significant saving in money. (And you don't need to distance your office from the kitchen - just don't buy easy-treat snacking stuff or instant coffee!)

    Controlling your environment without conflict with others' needs is also a huge, huge benefit: the temperature, the airflow, the light. Being able to have genuinely ergonomic items (chair, desk, keyboard, mouse etc.) and arrange them as you need tremendously cuts down the physical strain of working all day at a desk and computer.

    Being able to exercise in short breaks throughout the day (I have a scrunch brace, balance boards, dumbells and a vibration platform in my office!) is not only excellent for your health but also a real energizer and mind-refresher.

    Creatively stumped? Get outside into the fresh (freezing?!?) air and natural light and focus on some soft-edged living things for a short while; that sorts it every time.

    Problems with friends and neighbours thinking you're free to chat, or tradespeople and others that you're available? Lay down some rules and keep to them; put a block on the phone (I use trueCall); make arrangements for deliveries to be left somewhere; don't answer the door. On the other hand you are free to schedule in all those necessary things (having a plumber call, picking up dry cleaning locally, accepting a signed-for delivery) cause office-bound people so much hassle and stress.

    Best of all, I think, is the ability to work when you feel most like working. If you are doing anything more than the most mundane job then you work better, faster, smarter if you work when you want to work and feel like working. You can also have that feeling-naughty experience when you're meeting a friend in the middle of the day for a coffee, or worse, and a time-out discursive chat. That really can send you back to work, perhaps late into the evening, refreshed and raring to get on.

    All this being said, working from home is not for everyone. Some people are team players and need to rub together constantly with other minds to be at their best. Some just can't concentrate if they're not having to block out external goings on. Some simply hate the sense of isolation.

    My vision of the future is (was, actually) that the office should be the hub of the wheel with only selected rĂ´les being office-based (key administrators, some logistics people, etc.). Everyone else, the spokes and rim of the wheel, would either visit the office only intermittently, to perform key functions which were only possible in the physical office, or barely at all (perhaps only for annual meetings, Christmas parties and the like). This makes huge sense in environmental terms, quite apart from anything else - why are we moving our bodies around to work with our minds? Can you imagine the difference if the morning and evening commute became depopulated? All that fuel not wasted, all those fumes not emitted, all those cars not manufactured, all those new roads and rails not needed.

    However, it didn't happen. I made a presentation to a large publicly-owned corporation about 'teleworking' in the '80s, proving how much it would save them to adopt this model, how flexible they could become (the company had just been heavily criticised in a Coopers & Lybrand report for being inflexible), how little it would cost them to trial the model. The presentation would have received just as much comprehension if it had been delivered in Sanskrit. I tried a City legal firm; the response was: "If we can't see you, how do we know if you're working?" - which was a general response at the time (sometimes still is...), particularly by middle management. I won this one, albeit a grudging concession, by pointing out the value of payment by results, which finally gave me enough to take the risk of starting my home office on a freelance basis.

    I've never looked back.

  2. zazzaz
    November 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    be distanced from kitchen is really really important!!!

    Especially for those who can not control their mouse.

  3. dragonmouth
    November 16, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    The one problem with telecommuting is convincing family and friends that even though you may be physically present, you are not actually available to them.

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