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

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66. Just Say “No”

We're all surrounded with multiple opportunities to be distracted from our key focus areas. For many people, it's a daily challenge to avoid tasks, events, projects, as well as involvement in interesting and meaningful activities that will slowly erode energy and focus. Telecommuters face a unique challenge in this regard and one you should remain alert to. You're more vulnerable to requests or expectations from family, friends, and co-workers due to misperceptions about your availability.

When you telecommute, it's much easier for family members not only to interrupt you but to ask for your help, involvement, and input. After all, you're right there … it won't take that long … and isn't more time with your family one of the ...

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