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

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34. Establish Clear Interruption Rules

The proximity you have to your family while telecommuting greatly enhances opportunities for communication. This has clear advantages in terms of increased sharing of information, experiences, and time. However, the temptation for your family to capitalize on your accessibility can disrupt your concentration, compromise your productivity, and erode your patience. Because your presence is so apparent, the tendency to interrupt is understandable. For the same reason, it's important to specifically address the issue of interruptions with your family.

Basic guidelines regarding what constitutes a justifiable interruption is a good beginning. Even people who work in traditional offices often establish such guidelines, ...

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