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Fighting Internet Distractions: Productive Telecommuting
By: Joe Eitel
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    Fighting Internet Distractions: Productive Telecommuting

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    Are you one of the "lucky" workers who gets to telecommute? If you are, you know it's not entirely a blessing. Working online from home means fighting constant distractions. Fortunately, you can enlist some help in your battle to be productive.

    According to a study conducted by Citrix Online, the number of Americans who telecommute has risen 30 percent over the last two years. The study also reveals that even though full-time remote work has declined, the number of “causal telecommuters” is growing significantly.

    The reasons why people choose to work from home are pretty obvious; they want to spend time with their children, avoid long commutes, improve their work/life balance, and save as much money as possible on the ever increasing price of fuel. Those of us who aren’t lucky enough to work from home are most likely envious of those 17.2 million Americans who get to telecommute at least a couple of times a week, but should we be?

    That may seem like a crazy question to some, but just think of it: when forced to commute to an office each day, you have to stay on track. You can’t update your Twitter account, you can’t contact friends on Facebook, and you can’t check to see how your fantasy football team is doing, among other time wasters. You aren’t being paid and hourly wage to do those things, and chances are you couldn’t anyway with your boss breathing down your neck. Those who work from home may be able to do so in their pajamas, but they also have to struggle to stay on task, stay productive, and tame their digital distractions.

    We’ve all hopped online at one time or another to complete some work, analyze stats for an upcoming sales report, or write an important work-related e-mail to a colleague, only to awaken from our Internet stupor about three hours later having done nothing we intended. We did, however, find time to catch up on Hollywood gossip, watch the newest Internet sensation on YouTube, and check out clips of our favorite television shows on Hulu.

    The obvious culprit is the Internet -- and not our penchant for silly videos and our poor time management skills, right? But how can you fight the seductive powers of the Internet and all the entertainment it has to offer?

    Well thankfully, a few companies have recognized our amazing ability to get distracted just as work needs to be done and they’ve decided to take on our problem. If you’re a full-time or sometime telecommuter who’s finding that working from home is more difficult -- and distracting -- than you thought, you might want to check out these new software programs.

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