If you do your job from the comfort of your home, you most likely know that having a home office is a lifesaver. Not only does it feel good to have a private space dedicated purely to work, it also makes it easier to separate your work from your personal life.
Fortunately, the office being located right at your home means that you can set things up as you please. Still, you should consider your every move to ensure that what you do will increase your productivity and allow you to perform your tasks better and faster.
Being productive is a choice. Here are some tips on how to make your office more productive!
Get Rid of Unnecessary Gadgets
Sometimes, having a lot of gadgets helps us do our work faster. In other cases, however, these tempting devices may quickly turn out to draw away more of our attention than they should.
Try getting rid of all the gadgets such as computers, TVs, and phones that you currently have in your office despite not using them for work. Same goes for all other items.
Extra mess gives you extra stress. Get rid of things that don’t hold professional value or don’t motivate you to work harder. Keep in mind that having a clean desk is one of the main signs indicating a productive working space.
Since maintaining cleanliness is not an easy job, try setting up a decluttering plan in which you will determine on which days of the week or month you’re going to clean your office and how much of your time it will take up.
Buy a Good Chair
You will most likely spend most of your time in the office sitting down. For that reason, investing in an ergonomically designed chair should be your primary concern.
Having a good chair will help you reduce back pain and focus on your tasks. In the long run, it will also help you prevent health issues deriving from improper posture.
For the best office chair there is, be ready to spend at least $200 – 400 and upward.
Strive for a Classy and Professional Look
The way your office looks impacts your ability to perform in it. Besides untidiness, other factors such as the wrong selection of colours, objects, and materials can also reduce your productivity.
One way to achieve a proper layout is to furnish your office with furniture designed for offices. Another popular idea is to have one or more walls of your office covered with timber cladding. This will give your working space a professional, classy look which is known to boost performance.
Additional Tips for Increasing Your Productivity
If you’re done giving your office a total makeover, here are some additional tips on how you can increase your productivity when working at home.
- Reward yourself with a break or snack when you’ve completed an important task.
- Be comfortable. It’s your home office we’re talking about, so allow yourself to spoil yourself with whatever makes you feel comfortable.
- Physical activity promotes cognitive functioning and may help you focus on your work.
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule to reduce eyestrain. This means that every 20 minutes you should look at an object 20 yards away from your screen for 20 seconds.
- Work with purpose. Make sure you know exactly what needs to be done and by what time.
- Set boundaries. Working from home can be a blessing. However, you should still make sure you don’t forget to stay clean and dress properly.
Having a home office can be very convenient if you have to do your work from home. While not having to leave the comfort of your home to earn money is great, you have to make sure that your home features a dedicated space designed for professional work. Organizing your office will help you be more productive and finish your work faster.
Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work at PlainHelp.