One of the easiest ways to ensure productivity is to plan your workday, just as you would if you were to drive to the office. You do not have to get out of your pajamas but if you have a schedule to follow, your day will go much more smoothly.
If you have a family, the days that you telecommute may throw their typical schedule off. If you have to make phone calls or participate in a conference call, schedule these calls when the family is out or focused on another activity. It is inevitable that the minute the phone hits your ear; your child will suddenly want your attention. By planning the calls accordingly, you can avoid the odd interruptions that may occur.
Even though you are not physically at the office, it is imperative to stay in touch with your coworkers as well as your manager. It is important to show everyone that you can be productive while telecommuting. If telecommuting is new to the office, this will help broaden the program at your company.
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