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9 Tips to Stay Focused When Working from Home

Tell me this has never happened to you: You were hyper-focused, and you finish up an important project. Then you decide to check your phone or social media as a quick mental break. 30 minutes later, you’ve gone down the internet rabbit hole and you realize you’ve just wasted a huge chunk of time. In the amount of time you spent following meaningless links, you could have gone through your inbox, provided some feedback to another team member, started another project.

If this happens every now and again it’s not that big a deal—if your schedule is flexible, you can tack on time to the end of the day to make up for lost time. The problem happens when this kind of slacking off happens repeatedly and it affects your performance. Believe me, I understand the temptations of social media! But there are ways to keep temptation at bay.

9 Tips to Stay Focused When You Work from Home

1. Use a tool that blocks time-sucking websites or other distractions.

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What to Do When a Remote Team Member Doesn't Do Their Fair Share

Group projects: the bane of every student’s existence because you always knew that at least one person wouldn't do their fair share of the work. 

Fast forward to now: all those who never learned how to pull their own weight in group projects are adults, and some of them are working on your team.

So how do you deal with someone who is not pulling their weight when you can’t actually see what they’re doing?

 

Reasons Why Someone Isn't Doing Their Fair Share

  • That person is unprepared for the job
  • The expectations are not clear
  • They don’t spend the adequate amount of time or resources in order to complete a task
  • Lack of communication

And as usual, we’ll go by the mantra, “It’s not my fault, but it’s my problem.” Which means that even though this individual’s poor performance may not be because of anything you did, it does mean that it affects you, the team, and the company. It's not good for anyone if everyone...

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Types of Remote Work

The term “remote work” includes a VERY wide variety of jobs; there are many more types of remote work than you think! In this post we’ll outline the basic types and terms that are used to classify these jobs.

Types of Remote Work

General Terms

Remote work is defined as any task that can be completed in any location (usually the home), provided you have access to the needed tools and resources. In many cases these days, remote work means that you work online, in other words, using software, tools, apps that are accessible by using the internet. This is also called telework or telecommuting. All of these terms essentially mean the same thing. If a job is location independent that means that you do not have to live in a specific location in order to complete the job.

Fully Remote

In a fully remote position you only work from home (or wherever you have access to your needed tools) and you never go into the company’s physical location. This is becoming more and...

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