Ten tips for working from home: Olympics edition

Ten tips for working from home: Olympics edition

Summary: The London 2012 Olympics is going to be a huge working-from-home experiment for many organisations. Here are some tips on making it go smoothly


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    6. Set boundaries...

    Working remotely can generate a new set of distractions — cats, the washing-up, the Olympics on TV — that aren't (usually) a problem in the office. And if there are other people in your home during the working day, it's tempting for them to try and lure you away from working.

    So set boundaries — make it clear that you are working by sticking to set hours, by shutting yourself away or by even putting on your work clothes.

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    7. ...but don't be a slave to the home office

    Just because you can work at 6am or 11pm (or both), it doesn't mean that you should. Working from home is not the same as working all the time. Just as you set boundaries for when you can work, make sure you have a clear point at which you stop work too.

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    8. Check the Olympic timetable before scheduling a meeting or a call

    Don't get so wrapped up in work that you forget that the world's greatest sporting spectacle is going on. And while you might not be a huge fan of the long jump or discus, your colleagues or your boss might be. So before booking in that meeting it might be wise to check which events are taking place and when, and whether you'll be upsetting any fans. After all, if it's a heat for the 100m, it's not likely to take very long.

    Image credit: Karen Friar/ZDNet

Topics: Olympics 2012, Tech Industry

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