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Now more than ever, employees are taking advantage of working remotely.

The popularity of telecommuting can be traced to benefits such as avoiding an annoying commute and saving a significant amount on office attire. Not to mention that working from home means the days of your boss physically breathing down your neck are over.

But with the good comes the not-so-good.  Telecommuting presents certain obstacles to staying on task that workers don't face in the office. It's a little too easy to get distracted by your kids or a ringing doorbell, and before you know it, you've spent half the day away from your desk.

Luckily, smart home technology can help those of us who struggle to stay focused while we're working from a home office. Here's how home automation technology can make you more productive at your job.

1. Turn your smartphone into a wireless thermostat

Using an app for your home automation technology, you can control the temperature of your home right from your mobile phone. In just a few taps, you can set up a program that helps you keep your home at the perfect temperature all day, so you don't have to leave your desk to fiddle with your thermostat.

Turn your smartphone into a wireless thermostat. Package needed: Energy*

*New 2-yr automation agmt. req'd w/sep. equip. fee and monthly svc charges. Early termination (up to $50) and other fees, charges and restr's apply.  Data charges may apply for download and usage.  Coverage and service is not available everywhere. See below for complete details. *New 2-yrp

2. Automate your lights with smart plugs

We've all had days where we're swamped with tasks and need to stay chained to our desk. If you're lucky, your home office gets plenty of natural light, but sometimes evening darkness creeps up on you, and then your only source of illumination is the background light from your monitor. Don't get caught working in the dark. Let smart home technology help light the way by using smart plugs to turn your lamps on and off at predetermined times.

Automate your lights with smart plugs. Package needed: Energy*

*New 2-yr automation agmt. req'd. w/sep. equip. fee and monthly svc charges. Incl. 2 smart plugs; add'l smart plugs extra. Early termination (up to $50) and other fees, charges and restr's apply.   See below for complete details.

3. Use smart security cameras to check in

One of the biggest perks of working from home is getting to spend more time with your kids, since long commutes won't come between you and your family. However, you may still have a few more hours of work ahead of you when the bus drops your kids off in the afternoon. That's where home automation technology comes into play. Greet your munchkins once they get home, but for the rest of the afternoon, keep an eye on them and their babysitter from your office via your home security cameras. Just take a quick peek using your home automation app to make sure everything is under control, and finish up your workday without worry or distraction.

Use smart security cameras to check in. Package needed: Camera*

*New 2-yr automation agmt. w/sep. equip. fee and monthly svc charges. Incl. 1 camera; add'l cameras extra. Early termination (up to $50) and other fees, charges and restr's apply.  Data charges may apply for app download and usage.  See below for complete details.

4. Grant automated access with a digital lock

You're right in the middle of a very important project when the doorbell rings. Perhaps it's your dog walker who needs to be let in or your babysitter, after getting your kids from the bus stop. You can find out who it is and even let the person in using your smart home app. Home security cameras show who's at the door, which can be viewed from your mobile device. With digital door locks, you can actually give your dog walker or babysitter his or her own special code to unlock the door. Or simply unlock the door via your mobile device once you've seen who it is, and keep working on the task at hand.

Grant automated access. Package needed: Door*

*New 2-yr automation agmt. req'd. w/sep. equip. fee and monthly svc charges.  Incl. 1 door lock; add'l door locks extra. Early termination (up to $50) and other fees, charges and restr's apply.  Data charges may apply for app download and usage.  See below for complete details.

Working remotely is a great option; just don't let the distractions of home stop you from getting that promotion. Smart home technology can help alleviate telecommuting drawbacks so you can get your job done.

Interested in learning other ways smart home automation can help improve your home life? Check out other articles on home automation.

 

AT&T Digital Life:  Ltd. availability in select markets. New 2-yr. security agreement w/equipment fees and monthly service charges required. AT&T-Certified Like-New Equipment provided: Used equipment is fully inspected and tested. Equipment fee and monthly service charges apply. New customers only on approved credit. Upgrades: Any upgrade requires a new 2-year Automation package agreement with separate equipment fees and monthly service charges. Early Termination Fee: If canceling 14 days after installation of service/upgrade, early termination fee of $640 applies for the Smart Security portion of the bundle plus $50 for each automation portion of the bundle. If canceling prior to installation or within 14 days of installation, all equipment must be returned subject to a restocking fee. Restocking Fee: Up to $99 restocking fee may apply to returned equipment. Service Restrictions: Residential customers in residential buildings that are five floors or less. Smoke sensors not available in apartments/townhomes/duplexes. Sufficient wireless signal strength, broadband Internet service, and 3-prong outlet at service address required. Digital Life equipment may be incompatible with some homes. Other Monthly Charges: Taxes and other charges apply; data charges, surcharges and additional fees may apply. Prices, features and offers subject to change without notice. Installation work performed by licensed personnel where required by law. Subject to the Digital Life Customer Agreement.