on working from home

One of the great things about this time of year in the U.S. is the number of holidays right in a row. The irregular pattern of work days makes traveling a little more problematic and gives many of us the chance to catch up on things. I know the sales people are hysterical--it's the end of the fiscal year for many--but despite a daily call from Kevin-the-world's-worst-salesperson, the typical product manager has a few quiet days to think about this year's accomplishments and next year's planning.

Ah, a day at home to get some work done.

In case your boss is still living in 1989 and missed the whole telecommuting thing, research supports the value of working from home. It's a win-win for employer and employee. You know what isn't helping? IM. Turn it off before you try to do any real work. Disconnect from the internet until you've finished your project.

And even if your company doesn't ask you to do it, send your manager an annual status report on your projects: a "State of the You" status report.

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson was a founding instructor at Pragmatic Institute, a role he held for more than 15 years before he left to start Under10 Playbook. In his return to Pragmatic Institute, Steve supports the complete learning path for product teams, ensuring they are fully armed for success. 

Over the course of his career, Steve has helped thousands of companies and tens of thousands of product professionals implement product management processes. He has worked in the high-tech arena since 1981, rising through the ranks from product manager to chief marketing officer. Steve has experience in technical, sales and marketing management positions at companies that specialize in both hardware and software. In addition, he is an author, speaker and advisor on product strategy and product management.

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