3 Tips for a Productive Home Office
According to Global Workplace Analytics, the number of people working from home has skyrocketed a staggering 103% since 2005. As telecommunication, the web, and the Internet of Things continue to drive information-age business, telecommuting is becoming a much more real (and easier!) proposition for employees, and studies have shown that employees who work from home are, in general, happier than their counterparts.
Creating a dedicated workspace to keep you productive is a must, but kids, pets, the TV, and last night’s leftovers in the fridge are constantly competing for your attention. Don’t worry, we’ve got three quick tips for a productive home office that will help you get more work done than you ever could getting up and commuting to the real one.
Make your home office an extension of your work one
This might sound simple at first, but it really does work. Treat your home office like you would your real one. Bring some trinkets from work home and create a nice, cozy space in a quiet area to focus. Some other tips that have proven to be effective are:
– Wake up and dress as if you were going into the office
– Get into your morning routine (walk the dog, shower, etc.)
– If stopping for breakfast or dropping the kids off is part of your commute, try to do that too. It’s important to get your brain moving and realize that it is still a work day, not a day off
Since your kids, pets, and most other distractions at home probably don’t come to your office with you, do your best to avoid distractions in any way you can. If your kids are home from school, try to get them to take a nap. If the dogs are energetic and loud, put them outside to wear themselves out. Lifehacker.com says it takes more than 20 minutes to get focused again after a distraction. That’s time you can’t afford to lose.
Let there be light!
Light has a major effect on our alertness. Staying awake, energetic, and focused is easier when you have vibrant natural light pouring in. Try to put your office in a room with large windows. If it’s in the dreary Ontario winter, then don’t hesitate to flood the room with desk lamps and other light to keep you going. Don’t forget to take frequent breaks and take in the sun outside while you can.
Keep everything neat and organized
A tidy desk and organized office are the real keys to productivity. You need room to think, breathe, and put your half-empty coffee mug. Keep items to a minimum and organize the entire room, not just the desk. Maximal space will help you think clearly and find documents with ease. Use organizers, bookshelves, filing cabinets, and anything else you can think of to keep items off of the desk. If your home is tight on space, then consider a temperature-controlled self-storage unit for non-essential items, so you can free up enough space to turn a room into a fully functioning home office.
Working from home is no longer an impossible dream for the majority of employees; it’s a dream come true. But just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean it’s a day off. Use these three tips for a productive home office and you’ll get more work done than ever (and maybe earn more time at home!). As always, Migson Public Storage is a great option for Ontarians to store their items to make room for a brand new office!
Posted on June 20, 2017 | Uncategorized