There are plenty of benefits, but some drawbacks, too. You have to call someone, you can’t just take it down the hall. You’re often not privy to “water cooler” discussions and bonding over “what did you do this weekend” talks.
Worst are the people who know you may be home and, when they catch you there, think you’ve just been hanging around, waiting for them to call (or ring your doorbell).
So, in the middle of all this, how do you get anything done?
Again…organization and prioritization is key. As obnoxious as it sounds, I have Caller ID and usually do not pick up my phone unless I a) know who it is and b) know they won’t take up a lot of my time (sorry friends and family members but you know who you are).
I pick up calls from my work cell phone and call everyone back as quickly as possible, usually trying to make a few calls in batches.
If I have a deadline, I put my head down and do it and do not stop until at least a 90% draft is done.
And, especially, if I have something I really don’t want to do…I do it First. I don’t procrastinate, I really don’t.
And, even though I’m not 8 years old, if there’s something I REALLY don’t want to do, I think up a little reward I can give myself at the end (like, if I finish updating this rolling forecast, I can write something in my blog).
By Susan Gallagher, from: http://red-wine-and-chocolate.com/2011/08/22/how-do-you-get-things-done/