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HBR Guides to Managing Your Career Collection (6 Books) by Harvard Business Review

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CHAPTER 12

Staying Focused When You’re Working from Home

by Elizabeth Grace Saunders

No commute. No drive-by meetings. No dress code. Remote working can seem like a dream—until personal obligations get in the way. These distractions are easy to ignore in an office, but at home it can be difficult to draw the line between personal and professional time.

Consider when you’re working on a project and get a call from a friend. You know you need to finish your work, but you feel rude for not talking when you technically could. Or think about when you’re planning your daily to-do list, but also need to decide when you’ll squeeze in your personal commitments. Taking the time to put a few loads of laundry in the washer midday can seem like a quick task—until ...

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