Telecommuting and work flexibility have been secret desires and almost taboos in the corporate world for decades now.
You know you can be much more productive at home, away from distracting meetings and colleagues chatting loudly on the phone, not to mention the commute that every day literally steals in average 50 minutes of your day (when you’re lucky). Then, why don’t you make a plan to make work flexibility a real option for you too? Your boss might be more inclined to accept the idea than you might think.
Lately more people and businesses are learning that results are more important than the actual hours worked. Books like “The 4 Hour Work Week” lecture that we can be ten times more productive if we measure the work done with quantifiable results instead of counting how many hours we sat at our desk or the number of clients we handled working overtime. Even if it’s true that working from home still creates some mixed feelings, today it is a real possibility; according to Harris Poll one in three workers say they spend time during normal business hours working from home and younger workers in the age bracket 18-34 are even more likely to work remotely.
Flexibility can be treated as a strategy, not always easily obtainable, but yet a goal that can be planned with a few steps.
First of all, start setting priorities in your personal life:
1. Make time for things that are really important, scheduling them on your calendar in advance, and then treating them with the importance of any other meeting.
2. Delegate and outsource those tasks you can.
3. Cut out things that don’t add value to your life and avoid negative and envious people that suck your positive energy.
4. Take time for yourself. We are so worried about everyone else that we forget about us. Save a little time each day just for what you love, it will make you a better person.
Managing to prioritize and better organize your personal life is a good exercise for what’s next.
5. Approach your boss with facts and a plan, rather than vague ideas than sound like excuses. Some examples of successful companies that allow flexibility can support your argument.
6. Make a checklist of tasks you can complete from home and state how you can accomplish those being in communication when needed.
7. Be ready to compromise. A plan that involves working 2 or 3 days a week in the office is more likely to be embraced than a plan that requires you at home the entire time. A trial period is also a great way to show your boss that your plan is actually feasible.
Once your flexibility plan has been accepted you will probably need to work harder the first month or two to show even the most reluctant boss your increased productivity and great results. You will finally schedule your day in terms of the outcome you want to achieve, not the time spent on each task.
If you still don’t believe this is possible or your boss is not cooperating, encourage others to support your mission, because, believe it or not, this is a mission that more people than you think are sharing right now. Join as one of the 1 Million For Work Flexibility to make it happen in a real future.
But, in the end, ask yourself if you like your job and if you do what you do with passion; in this case you’re more likely to be more productive when working on your own terms and time. But if you hate it, you will find any excuse to procrastinate and waste your day either you’re working at home or at the office.