Can I Successfully Work from Home?Working from home can be a challenging environment in which to stay focused on your work. Some people are surrounded by distractions at home. Others need more social contact than they will have at home. Take this quiz to get an indication of how successfully you could work from home… Enter your details so we can email the results to you.Email* Name* First Last Home EnvironmentWhich most accurately describes the area in your home where you work?*A dedicated room used exclusively for workA shared space with some interruptionsI work around my familyHow is your home connected to the Internet?*I don't have the Internet yetADSLCable, VDSL or T1Slower than ADSLHow often have you lost your home Internet connection for more than 1 hour in past last 12 months?*More than 10 times4 to 9 times0 to 3 timesWho else will use your computer when you are not working?*NobodySpouseOther AdultsChildren or TeensAre you responsible for providing care for dependents (e.g. young children, disabled or elderly) during work hours?*NoYesBefore answering this question, go to the area in your home where you work and just sit and look around for a few minutes. How would you feel after spending 2 months working here?*DepressedNot much different to working in an officeLiberated or happyWork From Home AptitudeHave you worked from home before?*NoYesDid you work from home either full time for at least 2 months or for more than 10 hours per week for at least 6 months?NoYesIf your employer was asked if you were more productive or less productive working from home than working in an office, would they say:*Less productive working from homeAbout the sameMore productive working from homeWhen you are focusing on a task at your desk in an office environment and somebody approaches you to talk about something else, do you most often:*Put the task aside for later and appreciate the human interactionFeel good about helping somebody else as long as I'm not interrupted too oftenGet frustrated by interruptions even when I get to help somebody elseHow often do you arrive at work early so you can get more done before the interruptions start?*NeverNow and thenFrequentlyHow often do work from home (even for a few hours) at your own initiative so that you can eliminate distractions and get more work done?*NeverOccasionallyAt least once per weekWhen you receive phones calls from family or friends at work do you most often?Keep the conversation as short as I canTell them I'm working and call them back after workI have trouble defining clear work boundaries with friends and familyBased on your experience so far, which is your happiest and most productive working environment?*In an office with other peopleWorking on my ownA mixture of the twoDon't knowWhat level of detail do you record in your daily time sheets?*Keeping a time sheet makes my ears bleedI record my time at the end of each day and guestimate how much time I spent on each taskI record my time as I go so I can keep track of what I did all dayIf I don't record my time to the nearest 3 seconds the voices in my head might make me hurt someoneMotivation & ProductivityThe phone has not rung all morning, you've completed your urgent work and the rest of the day is looking quiet. Are you more likely to:*Take some personal time and lie in the sun or read a bookOrganise some files or find some busy workGet stuck into a project you've been working on or start one you've been thinking about for a whileOther than lunch and breaks, how much of your work day do you typically spend on non work related tasks?*More than a third of the dayMore than 20 minutesLess than 20 minutesLess than 5 minutesIf you asked past and present workmates to compare you with other people, would they say you are more or less productive than others?*Less productiveSimilar to othersMore productiveA lot more productiveFocus, Organisation & CommunicationWhen you are using YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or other social sites and you see something interesting, do you:*Often have a look at it and any other interesting stuff I see until I get bored or realise half an hour has passedSometimes check it out but always get back to what I was doing if more than 5 minutes has passedOnly check it out when I'm not at workAlways ignore it and carry on with what I was doingI'll walk the desert road barefoot in winter to deliver a hand written note before I use social mediaHow do you most often manage your work?*Do what ever people ask me to do and use my email in-box as a to do listKeep a list of tasks on pieces of paperKeep a list of tasks in a diary or computer softwareKeep a list of tasks and review it daily or weeklySet goals and review task list daily or weeklyHow often do you arrive at least 5 minutes early before meetings (personal or work)?*Hardly ever50/50Almost alwaysWhen you have a long list of conflicting priorities, which are you most likely to do?*Struggle with them all as best I canWork through them one at a timeReview the priorities before working on the nextReview priorities and try to manage expectations of stakeholdersHow do you most often start your work day?*Checking emailsWhatever I was working on yesterdayThe most urgent thing on my listThe most important thing on my listReview prioritiesDo you give your manager and colleagues progress reports on your work before they ask?*They ask when they need to knowMost of the time I tell them before they askIt's about 50/50Nobody succeeds 100% of the time. When you fail to deliver a work project by the allocated time frame, which do you do most often?*Keep quiet and try to complete it before anybody finds outWait until your boss or colleagues ask for a progress reportTell your boss or colleagues immediatelyMake a plan B and present that to your boss or colleagues immediatelySEmailThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.