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The New Habit Challenge: Will Working From Home For A Week Make Us More Productive?

Join our resident habit expert Rachel Gillett and other Fast Company editors on Friday, October 17 at 11 a.m. ET as we discuss what happened when we punched the clock in our PJs.

Do you need to be at the office to start working, or will a laptop and a cup of coffee do?

A recent survey of business leaders at the Global Leadership Summit in London found that 34% of leaders said more than half their company’s full-time workforce would be working remotely by 2020.

Meetings can happen over Skype or Google Hangouts, and you can stay constantly connected to your coworkers in company chatrooms like Slack or have one-on-one conversations on instant messengers, so staying connected and getting work done is easier now than it was a few years ago.

Proponents for remote work tout increased performance and creative thinking time, zero office environment distractions, and no commute--which National Geographic fellow Dan Buettner equates to a $40,000 raise--among the many benefits for punching the clock at home.

But will people still get their work done with all the distractions and temptations of home? For this week's habit challenge, several of us at Fast Company will give working from home every day a try. We hope you'll join us.

Try a week of working remotely, or just escape your office for a few hours and work in a coffee shop (it has some of the same benefits). Tune in to our live chat at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 17 to find out how it went for us and chime in with your opinion, too. Tell us about your experience in the "make a comment" box below!

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