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4 New Year’s resolutions for telecommuters

We can all do a little better, right?

While remote workers are lauded for productivity numbers (through the roof … ahem), we all know we aren’t perfect.

We slip up from time to time. Me? I have open-ended deadlines on some of the blogs I manage. So I’m guilty — occasionally — of letting the procrastination demons get a hold of me.

Mea culpa.

Here we are on the doorstep of 2015, getting ready to say goodbye to 2014 and ring in the new year. While others are pledges to be nicer people and lose weight, we might have a different set of resolutions to set as telecommuters.

2015 resolutions telecommuter

A telecommuter’s goals for 2015

Let’s take a look at where we can all improve and try to be better workers next year.

Here are mine:

Rise and shine to attack the day

I’m one of those lucky ducks who doesn’t have a set schedule. I get up, have a coffee and take my time getting around to booting up the laptop. (When I do catch fire, look out!)

However, studies show the early bird really does catch the worm. A 2012 survey published in the American Psychological Association journal, Emotion, reports early risers are happier, healthier and more productive than night owls.

No matter how much I convince myself my bleary, computer-weary eyes and wired-up brain are getting great work done, I could be wrong.


I’m particularly good at isolating myself. My fiance and I could go days without leaving the house if we didn’t force ourselves to go to the grocery store for supplies.

It’s great to get some social interaction from people other than ourselves. Thanks to a nomadic career in my 20s and 30s, I have friends stretching from one end of North America to the other. That makes it easy to relegate my social life to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

My goal for 2015 is to reach out to local friends and meet face-to-face for coffee, lunch or wine tastings.

And to network more professionally. I’m on the lookout for professional organizations to make those valuable connections to further my knowledge base.

Get outside more

See above. Days without leaving the house. Days.

Except we have this beautiful puppy who needs walks. Not just one walk a day. Several.

The sunshine and fresh air will do us all a burst of good.

So will the exercise.

Log off

A lot of my work requires reading and learning the ever-evolving tricks of the trade. Some days, I feel like I can’t hit refresh often enough to capture the new headlines in my RSS feed or my news apps. I have to set aside reading time, limit myself to an amount of time and then log off my devices, otherwise I might never have time for anything else.

Logging off also goes for general work. It’s important to separate work time from home life when you work at home. The two easily bleed into each other and you end up feeling like you’re always working.

We need to set ourselves quitting times and stick to them.

It ends up being beneficial for us, our loved ones and our employers.

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