Asian business man working on a laptop telecommuting
In theory, telecommuters should be among the most productive members of our workforce. With no traffic to beat and workplace attire optional, telecommuters have to devote less time to getting themselves into the office for work and more time just working.

But as anybody who’s ever worked from home can tell you, working in your pajamas isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. With the TV nearby, nobody to monitor your Facebook habits, and a pile of chores to do around the house, it’s easy to get distracted. Add to that family members who just can’t seem to get what a closed door means as well as co-workers who take days to respond to emails, and working from home can really be code for not working much at all.

How to Overcome Telecommuting Obstacles

It doesn’t have to be that way, however. Savvy telecommuters know that they have to be disciplined and communicative. They seek out the tools that will help them do just that. Encouraging your company to use cloud tools like Google Drive, for example, will make you feel like you’re right in the office, watching your colleague edit a document in real time. Of course, video conferencing software is also crucial. The same goes for a basic telephone line so you can get your colleagues on the line when you really need them.

Perhaps even more importantly, it’s essential for telecommuters to set a strict schedule. The schedule should include breaks so that you don’t burn out, as well as a daily agenda to keep you on track. Keeping in frequent touch with the office throughout the day is also key. Be sure to stay in contact with your boss, so he or she doesn’t forget about you. Doing so will not only keep you on task and motivated, but it will also ensure you’re still receiving the credit and promotions you deserve for all of your hard work.

Looking for more great ideas? Read 10 Productivity Tips for Telecommuters and add a few of your own to the comments below!