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Remote Work Round-Up

September 28, 2017

Our friends at Harvard Business Review recently wrote about how to stay focused when working remotely, a subject many people who work from home can tell you is of utmost importance. Laser focus is an essential quality for individuals who work outside of the office, and that concentration is far different than what's necessary to drown out Larry the mouth-breather three desks down or the wafting of microwaved fish coming from the communal workplace kitchen.

Elizabeth Grace Saunders is a professional time coach for remote workers, and gives Harvard Business Review some key tips on how to stay engaged and in the zone when working from home. She writes:

"No commute. No drive-by meetings. No dress code. Remote working can seem like a dream — until personal obligations get in the way. These distractions are easy to ignore in an office, but at home it can be difficult to draw the line between personal and professional time.

Consider when you're working on a project and get a call from a friend. You know you need to finish your work, but you feel rude for not talking when you technically could. Or think about when you're planning your daily to-do list, but also need to decide when you'll squeeze in your personal commitments. Taking the time to put a few loads of laundry in the washer midday can seem like a quick task — until you find yourself making up that work time late at night. In the end, it's never entirely clear when you're really "on" or "off.""

Saunders' tips include:

Establish working hours: Because no one wants to be attached to their computer at 3am on the daily

Structure your day for success: Make meeting-less hours professional me time

Set boundaries with others: No, mom - just because I work from home DOES NOT MEAN I can now chat all day, everyday

What tips might you have for others on how to be your best when working remotely? Fill us in on Twitter here.

Take a look below at some of our open remote or flexible opportunities. For even more available roles, head over to our Jobs page.

This week's curated list of jobs from the PowerToFly platform include:

PowerToFly - Community Engagement Manager (Hybrid/New York, NY)

General Assembly - Drupal Developer (Remote)

GitLab - Database Lead (Remote)

Hirepool - Backend Engineer Contractor (Remote)

Kyero - Technical Support Superstar (Remote)

Live.AI - Audio Transcriber (Remote)

Octane AI - Freelance Writer (Remote)

Shopify Plus - Partner Manager Lead (Remote)

Women Who Code - Software Engineer (Remote)

Zapier - Senior Recruiter (Remote)

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