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,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.
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