7 ways to setup an organized and productive home office
Working in the comfort of your own home has quite a lot of perks and benefits. Of course, it has its own downsides as well. Isn’t the temptation of laying in bed for an hour or so harming your productivity?
Let’s segue to a quick fix for that: designate your office space anywhere but near your bed. If you have a tiny home, place a divider between your home and your “office” space.
It doesn’t matter if you work at home or in an office. What truly matters is: where you work greatly influences how you work. With that, there are only two possible results you can get depending on your work environment; it can only result negatively or positively.
A home office that is well-organized and structured to maximize your productivity is where you want to work in. Distance yourself from the kind of home office that eats up more of your time trying to get ready to work rather than already doing actual work.
This is more than just office furniture. Your success relies on your performance. And your performance likely depends on your work environment so to put it in perspective, your success will come highly from a well-organized and productive workspace. You can position yourself to success if you follow these tips on how to setup an effective home office space.
Let the purge begin. If you’re still trying to locate a good working spot in your home, find one that is the best spot that will keep you away from distractions (ie. kitchen and bed). If you already have found the perfect home office spot, start purging.
The goal is simple: Take away all the clutter and keep it at bay. Make sure that you only keep what you need and completely box out the thing you’re sure will become dust in a few months.
Keep clear of clutter. Don’t let your purge session come to waste with all the incoming documents on the way and other supplies that contributes to your messy space.
This applies most especially to your desktop. The heart of your small home office is your desktop so it’s only necessary to let it steer clear of clutter. Of course, it still depends on the person’s preference. If you’re one of the creative type, you’ll probably work fine and just as is with a messy desk. However, for those working on other clerical jobs, a neat desk is equal to a productive day at work.
See the light. Letting natural light travel your space is said to be inducing productivity levels up the ceiling. Not only is placing your desk under the rays of the light advised in home offices, it’s also recommended in corporate offices.
One of the reasons why people choose to freelance and work from home is because they don’t want to get trapped in an office cubicle. Putting your desk against the wall will recreate that sickening office space. Place your desk close to the window where you get to see the view outside. You might also want to invest in good lighting for comfortable support once natural light is out.
In addition, it’s a great setup where you can rest your eyes away from the computer screen to the view outside.
Office ergonomics. Since a lot of things goes on in home offices, this important factor is usually skipped and forgotten along the way.
Just because you opt to work at home doesn’t mean you no longer have to apply office ergonomics. This vital step is essential to bring you comfort and increase your productivity. Position your computer at eye level to avert eye fatigue. It’s better to have a adjustable seat for comfort and don’t forget to keep your keyboard and forearm parallel to the floor to prevent strain.
There are many other important factors and benefits ergonomics offer so be sure to consider implementing it in your home office.
Be smart with storage. If you still refuse to go paperless for your works still requires you to keep hard copies of documents, be sure to keep a nice looking storage that is both functional and attractive.
The thing with being at home to work is that you get your work swinging around the house — everywhere. Notes and documents appear to be everywhere. Again, what do we say with clutter? Not today.
If you want to skip the traditional filing cabinets, you get our support on that. Since you’re at home, you can opt for magazine racks or unique display shelves. The key is to get creative with your storage without putting hindrance with its accessibility.
Create a routine. Write down your to-do list. Once you start your day and before you end it, write down the number of things you need to accomplish for that day and the day after.
This will help you kick start your work on track and keep you away from distractions as you can see the list of tasks you need to get done. Also, set a time in which you check your emails so you don’t get drowned and waste time exchanging emails.
Maintain your established working hours. Set a definite working hours. You have a flexible time now unlike when you were still hustling a corporate job. If you’re more productive at night or in the middle of the day; or anytime for that matter, establish a working hours you can fully commit yourself into. That’s the beauty of having to work at home, so long as you do your job well.
Bottom line is, don’t mix your personal life with your work responsibilities. You already have the work-life balance you want, the only thing left for you to do is figure out how to execute the balance you need.
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Chie Suarez is a writer for Ideal Office Furniture, a company specialising in a wide selection of office furniture designs servicing large corporate businesses to small home offices throughout Sydney.