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101 Tips for Telecommuters—Successfully Manage Your Work, Team, Technology and Family by Debra A. Dinnocenzo

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19. Make a Habit of Avoiding Bad Habits

Poor work habits are a problem for anyone, since they erode productivity, compromise effectiveness, and—eventually—degrade motivation. All of these factors are exacerbated for the telecommuter because of the independence and isolation characteristic of remote work. The successful telecommuter makes it a habit to plan, organize, and execute work so that bad habits are avoided.

Do bad habits plague you? Consider whether any of these have crept into your work, day, or life:

  • Sleeping longer and starting your work day later than you should.

  • Not regularly reviewing your priorities and updating your action list.

  • Longer work breaks or lunch breaks than are necessary (or breaks that evolve into social, shopping, ...

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