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Change your location, improve your work ethic
Thousands of online survey-takers do their best to improve their productivity, complete more questionnaires and collect more of those tantalizing rewards, but it doesn't always work out.
When you have the option to roll out of bed and stay in those pajamas while making money online from home, you're not guaranteed to work harder and faster. Although, some users experience exactly those effects.
The beauty of working from home
The Harvard Business Review interviewed Nicholas Bloom and graduate student James Liang, co-founder of the Chinese travel website Ctrip, after the two conducted an experiment with some employees. Half a group of workers was allowed to work from home at their leisure while the other half stayed in the workplace.
According to Bloom, the results were remarkable for the telecommuters. At-home workers were happier and even more productive than their office-bound counterparts.
"The results we saw at Ctrip blew me away," Bloom told the HBR. "We found that people working from home completed 13.5% more calls than the staff in the office did... They also quit at half the rate of people in the office—way beyond what we anticipated. And predictably, at-home workers reported much higher job satisfaction."
But there are drawbacks to the setup.
"Not everybody wants to or is disciplined enough to [work from home]," Bloom told the source.
Try some other options
It's a predictable outcome. Some people can't resist doing a little less work when they have a TV, the refrigerator and the Web right at their fingertips with no manager to catch them relaxing. That doesn't mean hope is lost, though. There are plenty of other places outside of the office you can go to get a little more out of the work day. Here are a few options you can try.
Kick back in a cafe
Not only are coffee shops great study places for students, writers and workers alike, but you're guaranteed to get all the caffeine fuel you need. Cafes are the perfect balance of quiet and relaxing. Not to mention you won't have so many of those at-home distractions around.
Visit your local library
Nothing beats atmosphere of the library when you want to get your work done. After all, if it can work for students across the country, why wouldn't it work for you? Perhaps the best perk of the library is the constructive environment. It's hard to slack off when everyone around you is hard at work.
Create a home workspace
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Then again, sometimes all a remote worker needs is a little change of perspective. It's hard to work in the same place you rest and unwind when the day is out. Don't do your paid surveys in front of the TV screen or from the comfort of your bed. Move to your home office, close the door and put your mind into work mode. Sometimes that little change is all you need to really tear through all that work.