Anyone who has ever performed all or part of their job responsibilities in their home knows the type of distractions that exist. However, it is very possible for you to become more productive when working from a home office than working in a traditional setting. The trick is setting up your home office for optimal productivity.
Design for Productivity
Many people have dreamed of an expansive home office with solid oak doors, an oversized desk that overlooks a garden, and a list of amenities that will not contribute at all to the work that needs to be completed.
A more realistic course of action is to design your office for maximum productivity. You should set up in a low traffic area of your home and paint your office a neutral color that will instigate productivity. Make sure there is space for everything you need to work and that often-used items are within arm’s reach.
Work in Comfort
You do not want to be so comfortable that you constantly find yourself waking up from an unplanned nap. However, you will find productivity hard to reach if you must strain to see your computer screen or struggle to work through back pain.
Quality office furniture and a large computer screen will alleviate most of these problems. Also, if you are a person that grows uncomfortable from sitting for long periods of time, a stand-up desk may be a good investment for you.
Plan Your Distractions
You will need breaks periodically throughout the day. During these times, it is best to have a favorite diversion handy to provide you with a healthy distraction. Some suggestions are your favorite book, a musical instrument, or your favorite phone app. You should keep this diversion close for break time but out of sight when you need to work.
Organize Your Efforts
Take a moment before starting each day to write down all tasks that need to be completed and make sure you possess the tools to get the job done. Make sure you have a pencil on hand to cross items off your list as you complete them.
Things you do not need will seem to accumulate effortlessly in your home office. You should regularly clean your home office of empty cups, books you have no intention of reading, and all other things that serve no purpose but takes up space nonetheless.
Don’t allow your home office to become a storage space for personal items. You should also let other residents of the home know they will not be allowed to do so either.
Dress for Work
Stumbling down the hallway for a cup of coffee in your underclothes before sitting in front of your computer is an easy habit to develop when you work from home. Do not fall into this habit.
You should leave your bed and prepare in every way for a normal workday. This will prevent you from being caught off guard if you suddenly need to leave the house or make a video call. Additionally, you will feel more professional if you look and dress the part.
Working from home can provide you with significant advantages over commuting to work each day. However, it will take some careful planning and organization to ensure you realize these benefits. The six tips above are a great place to start for people who want to get the most out of their home office.