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When your daily commute is 20 steps between your bedroom and home office, the biggest threats to your weight and health are lack of movement and the temptations of a fully-stocked kitchen and fridge. Here are tips to nip those Pac-Man-like habits in the bud when you don't even need to leave the house.

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From across the coffee shop, I noticed a gentleman walking in with a computer. Not a laptop, mind you. With both hands, he carried a full-on desktop, monitor and console included. Surely he's not ... I thought to myself -- but I was wrong. He plopped the machinery down on a table, plugged in, and ordered his coffee while the rest of us looked on in horror.

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Telecommuting is pretty easy now. Skype, Slack and good ol' Gchat -- excuse me, Google Hangouts -- make communicating with your colleagues down the hall or around the world a breeze whether you're in the office or not. But if you're concerned about starting a telecommute program, or want to start a trial run with your boss, be sure to start small, and provide feedback that will help you work from home again in the future.

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It's easy to forget manners when you're all alone. From showing up late to meetings and forgetting simple things like "please" and "thank you", otherwise polite and well-behaved humans can come off as complete jerks in the absence of face-to-face contact. Isolation is the culprit, but you don't have to fall prey.

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Dear Lifehacker, I'm one of the final applicants for a new state sales role that is completely based on the road. As I've always been at a desk in an office this is both exciting and scary! What sort of things will I need to be aware of when traveling around the state selling and working from home? They are also offering a car allowance -- how does that work and what do I need to keep in mind?