One of the growing workplace trends is telecommuting. It’s true that telecommuting can save both you and your employer money, but it might also help you improve your productivity as well.
If you are looking for ways to be more productive in your job, and get more done in general, telecommuting might just provide you with a possible solution. Instead of going to a straight four day work week, you might be able to do more if you work from home.
Here are some of the ways that telecommuting can help increase productivity:
- Fewer coworkers stopping by to chat and take up time.
- Fewer meetings to attend.
- According to one study, employees actually work longer when they telecommute.
- Happier employees (glad they don’t have to drive in to work) are generally more productive.
- Less turnover due to happier employees.
Being able to work from home can help many boost their productivity while increase their sense of satisfaction in life.
Challenges to Productivity when Working from Home
Of course, while there is evidence that working from home can boost productivity, not everyone benefits from this arrangement. And there are definite challenges to maintaining productivity while working from home.
One of the main issues is distraction. While working in a traditional office setting presents plenty of distractions, working from home can provide its own set of different distractions. If you have kids or pets at home most of the day, they can really command a great deal of your attention. Even if your children go to school most of the day, it can be difficult, since they might have days off school when you are supposed to be working.
Your productivity can also suffer if something happens and your Internet goes down. In order to telecommute, you often need to have access to a high speed Internet connection. If that has problems, or if the power goes out, without a backup plan your productivity can be seriously hampered.
And, of course, it’s much easier to waste time surfing the Internet if you aren’t worried about the boss walking by and looking over your shoulder.
Overcoming Telecommuting Productivity Challenges
If you do telecommute at least some of the time, it’s a good idea to do what you can to limit productivity problems. Activity work to avoid getting stuck in a time wasting rut. Here are some things you can do to help keep you on track during the day, and ensure that you are more productive when you telecommute:
- Set a timer: Set a time for an hour or two, and see how much you can get done in that time.
- Create a distraction-free zone: Set up an office space that is distinct from other areas of your house. This doesn’t have to be an entire room, but there should be some cues that it is your workspace. Set up in a niche, or set up a screen, or set up with your back to the wider room. Try to find an area that is relatively quiet most of the time.
- Relegate email to a specific time: Avoid surfing the web, and only check your email at certain times of the day. Schedule in time to answer email, and even to take a break and surf the Internet for fun. If it isn’t your scheduled time, don’t do it.
No matter where you are, it’s important to work on increasing your productivity, and try your best to get things done in a timely manner.