5 Things to Consider Before Telecommuting

first_imgTelecommuting seems like the ideal work situation. You can earn an income from the comfort of your home, while avoiding commutes and office politics. Nevertheless, telecommuting is not without its challenges. Before accepting a work-at-home position, here are some things you should consider.1. Do you have the discipline?The first week I worked from home full time, I didn’t do any work. I watched TV, did laundry and played with the kids. Working at home offers flexibility, but if you’re not careful, you’ll whittle away the hours and have nothing to show for it. Successful telecommuters have the discipline to get their behinds in their desk chair and work. A daily schedule and routine helps in forcing yourself to get to work.2. Are potential interruptions managed?Children, pets, neighbors who need you to let the cable guy in, and many other interruptions can get in the way of work. Anticipating and managing potential problems can help. Do you have child care? Did you create a set schedule for work and let everyone know not to interrupt you during those times? Have you added browser apps that prevent you from surfing the net and wasting time?3. Do you have a workspace?While many people started their work-at-home journeys on a kitchen table, it’s not the ideal location. Work is best done in a quiet, designated area. The ideal place is a room with a door that you can use to shut out the world when you’re working and shut out work when you’re not. But if you can’t designate a room, you should have an area that is exclusive for work and is away from household distractions.4. Do you have the tools and equipment to do the job?Not all employers supply everything you need. Many expect you to have a computer and other tools needed to do the job. Your work items should be in your workspace where you can get to and use them easily. At the very least you need a computer that has the speed and oomph to do the work you need to do, high speed Internet access and top-notch anti-virus protection.5. Are you prepared to be alone?One of the biggest challenges to working from home is the isolation. You can’t peek over your cubicle divider to check in with your neighbor or eat lunch with colleagues in the lunch room. Social media can help, as long as you don’t waste time. Or you can work at the local library or java joint. Finally, if possible, consider going into the office occasionally just to check in and connect with your colleagues.Telecommuting can increase your productivity while reducing the amount of time you commute. But it has its own challenges that can get in the way of success. Before accepting a telecommuting position, make sure you’re prepared mentally and physically to work from home.Originally posted on Personal Branding Blog by Leslie Truexlast_img read more

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Sir Alex: Man Utd players will benefit from preseason tour

first_imgFormer Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says their preseason tour will benefit Jose Mourinho’s players.United will kick off the summer tour with five games in the United States – two friendlies against Major League Soccer sides LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake, before International Champions Cup (ICC) meetings with City and the two giant clubs from Spain.After returning from America, the Reds will play further matches in Oslo against Norwegian side Valerenga and in Dublin where Italian club Sampdoria will provide the opposition at the start of August. All of the games will be shown live on MUTV.”The great thing about United is you’ve got to accept the challenge of beating the best,” the former manager told ManUtd.com at the tour launch.”The expectation is always there and the matches we’ll face in the ICC are all big ones. It’s very good for the younger players to come into this type of competition in terms of preparing to be a Manchester United player. The more intense the challenge they can get, the better prepared they will be when facing Manchester City in an important league match or Real Madrid or Barcelona in Europe.”The preparation to play in games as big as that can be started in pre-season tournaments like the ICC, which is fantastic.”last_img read more

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Fistula Stories: Faith-Based Curriculum for Taking a Stand on Global Maternal Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 27, 2010June 21, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Written by Meagan Manas, MDiv, Women’s Ministries, National Council of ChurchesFistula Stories is a faith-based 4-session curriculum for use in churches, campus ministries, and other community groups.  Through education, Bible study, and advocacy planning, Fistula Stories invites the group to take a stand on Global Maternal Health.  Studying the specific issue of fistula provides a tangible framework in which to explore the connections between faith and action as well as our connections to our global sisters.  The Fistula Stories curriculum is available for free download here, where you can read more stories of faith in action, find out more about fistula, and learn about what is being done to improve life for women worldwide.Click here to read the press release announcing the new and expanded Fistula Stories curriculum. Share this:last_img read more

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Discussing Agile Development in the Software Industry

first_imgA panel comprised of Ian McFarland, CTO, Pivotal Labs; Elisabeth Hendrikson, QualityTree; Diego Rodriguez, partner, IDEO; and Jay Dvivedi, CIO, Shinsei Bank sit down to discuss agile development in this video. This particular grouping of people represents a number of varied businesses and backgrounds, all using agile development with great success. Their findings and lessons exemplify the best parts – which ultimately boost productivity – of agile.One of the fundamental points discussed during the forum is how agile development breeds success. The process is what enables success, not the people. Finding the right people and teaching them the right process is a universal practice at most successful companies, although they may not officially bill themselves as agile companies.The panel goes into great detail on each component of agile and how the cogs ultimately run the machine. Applying a truly agile approach – and not a “fragile” approach, as Hendrikson quipped – is likely going to benefit any qualified business.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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