Working from home is the dream, making the daily commute a thing of the past, but your home office can turn into a nightmare if not handled correctly.
Owning your own home office normally means one of two things, you either have a position with an employer that allows you to work remotely, or you have taken the plunge and work for yourself. Either way, you are the master of your fate and control your own surrounding. It is important to remember that, even though your commute is just a few steps, there is still a job to do.
Clear the Clutter
If you cannot see the floor of your home office then you immediately have a problem. It is a place of work, not an oversized dumpster, and it should be given the same respect as any workplace.
Do away with anything that should not be, or does not need to be, in your office. This includes clearing the floor, clearing your desk and clearing your draws and shelves. After undergoing a spring clean, you may find that you are left with a lot of free space to play with, which is a good thing.
The most important part of working from home is self-discipline. Once you have cleared away all of the clutter in your office, ensuring that it stays that way is the next step. It is recommended that you label draws and trays with what is to be placed in them.
One of the easiest ways to keep organized is to have all of your essentials within an arm’s length. By carefully placing your furniture and storage units together, not only will you save time in reaching for important documents, you will also save a lot more space.
Corner desks are a favourite among workers with smaller home offices, as the workstation can be built around the desk in the corner of the room, ideally near to a window.
How tempting must it be to waste away an afternoon on YouTube with not a single superior to walk past your computer desk with a disapproving look or worse? It can be very tempting and, although not to say small amounts of procrastination is not healthy, should be kept to a minimum – as is the case with keeping organised, self-disciple is needed.
The perfect home office should be a separate room altogether in the house only to be associated with work. A positive balance should be maintained between work and home, even though the two technically intertwine. Remove anything such as televisions, game consoles and other amusements that you know impose a danger on your productivity from the office.
Make a Schedule and Stick to it
The worst thing that anyone can do when working from home is to get into the habit of starting late. Although you are presented with some level of freedom, approach the working day just as anyone else would, with a set start time.
By starting at a set time every day with a list of tasks to be done, you kick start the day in the right manner. For added motivation, allow yourself to finish early as long as all of your tasks have been completed, never put anything off until tomorrow.
The last way to make to your home office more efficient is by putting in personal touches that truly make it your home office. Decorate the walls with motivational posters or pictures of loved ones, or even place a small mascot on your computer desk.
Layout your home office as you see fit and in a way that you feel most comfortable. Try and sit near to a window to give you something to look out of, rather than the sight of walls when you look away from your computer screen.
The home office is your own personal space, and it should reflect you professionally and personally. You yourself know what motivates you and what doesn’t and, factored in with showing the level of commitment and self-discipline that any good entrepreneur needs, productivity will be at an all-time high.