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

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5. Avoid Time Wasters

Being a advocate of telecommuting, you're likely to appreciate the value of time and ways to utilize it efficiently. It's likely you've already calculated the time you are or could be saving by telecommuting. Perhaps you've also identified all the things you can accomplish with the extra time telecommuting will provide. While thinking through all of this is helpful, beware of “activity creep”!

“Activity creep” is the slow emergence into your day of “stuff” that needs to get done but is not essential to achievement of your key daily goals. When you work in a traditional workplace, this “stuff” simply lingers in the back of your mind and is annoying. But when you telecommute from home, it's very much an “in your face” kind ...

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