A home office is one that allows you to run a business from the comfort and convenience of your own home. While the idea of working from home is appealing, there is always the issue of being surrounded by too many distractions.
To embrace the idea that working from home still counts as working, you have to find ways to boost your productivity and keep it from dropping. To turn the space into a productive haven, you can adopt these tips:
Set up for productivity
When you think productivity for your home office, you need to start from the very beginning – designing the place for this purpose. There are a few things important in this aspect. First, try to stay out of the areas that see the most traffic and find a quiet corner in the house instead. Put some plants and paint the room in a soothing colour. Ensure there is enough space to allow you to do your work easily. These are all the things you need to consider at the very start of your home office design process.
Remove distractions out of sight
If you are constantly staring at your books, or something else that distracts you, chances are you will not get much done. That is why it is a good idea to tuck distractions out of sight. You can still keep them close by, for the time you give yourself a short break (everyone needs a break from time to time), but don’t make the mistake of keeping such items on top of your desk.
Make your home office comfortable
If you constantly have to rub your straining back, or perhaps are straining to see your monitor screen, then chances are you will not remain productive for very long. Make sure your desk and chair are comfortable and ergonomic. You want to feel okay working there even for a prolonged time.
Get some light exercise equipment
It is a good idea to get some light exercise equipment, such as light weights and resistance bands and put them in your home office. You can use them in your break time, as a way to bring back focus to your work and re-energise your mind. As a bonus, doing exercise will also help you stay in shape that is not round.
Be ruthless when it comes to decluttering
If your home office often falls victim to clutter, you need to change this. You should hold a decluttering session every week, to purge unwanted papers, boxes, junk mail and everything that doesn’t belong there. Clutter is proven to cause stress and distract you from your work, so it is a good idea to keep your office free of it.
Create a daily list of tasks
When you work with purpose, you remain productive. Make it a habit to create a list of tasks that you need to complete for the day and stick to it. Not only will you get the satisfaction of crossing off items from the list, but also stick to your work without falling behind.
Shoo distracting people away
If there are people in your home that distract you and bother you in your home office, you should shoo them away. Be polite, but always firm and disengage from distracting chit-chat or any other activity with others in your home, if you want to get some work done. Remember, just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you have all the free time in the world.
Now that you know how to manage your productivity better when working from home, you can definitely accomplish more.