Progressively more people every day are provided with the opportunity to work from home. Research shows that one in three Australians is currently working from home. No matter if you work for yourself or for your boss, sometimes productivity is not coming by.
Have you wondered why some days you’re doing more work than you can’t do in three days? Well, so am I. Unfortunately, I’m not here to give you some magic tricks to solve this problem. But to tell you, how important the environment is to your productivity.
Spending days working from your home without actually setting up a working area or a home office will fastly kill your productivity. Not everyone has space and the resources to buy a big fancy desk and renovate a whole room to an office. A small corner from your dining table during the day can also do the work. The important thing is to create a working environment.
Setting up a working corner for yourself have the power to renew your energy and motivation. You may start accomplishing more task from your to-do list in less time.
Here are some tips you can implement to begin the change:
A well-known fact is that absence of sunlight can cause depression. Obviously, natural light affects our mood even though we’re not feeling it. A bright lighting is one of the most important factors to stay productive and focused during the whole day. Bad lighting can affect your health negatively. It can cause you a headache and eye pain if you’re staring the monitor in a darkened room.
Open the blinds and curtains to let the sunlight in. In cloudy and foggy days you can use lamps in some areas to brighten the room. Putting reflecting objects like mirrors, glass and metal surfaces will allow the light to play around the room and will also make it naturally brighter. If you prefer to work on the evening invest in lamps with white (not yellow) light. White light is brighter and will trick your brain into becoming more focused.
Play with Colors
It’s not a secret that colors have the power to affect us emotionally and physically. You can use neutral tones as a base and incorporate colorful decors and paintings. Green is the best color for a home office because it’s balanced and harmonic and boost your creativity. This color is perfect if you want to reduce the overwhelming feel because of all the deadlines and the tasks. Blue can help you concentrate. Yellow will make you positive. Red will get your wheels going as it can make you energetic. Keep in mind that too many different colors can make you distracted.
Invest in qualitative furniture
If you spend a lot of days working from home, consider investing in good furniture. Cozy furniture can make all the difference in the world. If your neck hurts from the uncomfortable chair, you will be frustrated and definitely not productive. Buy adjustable chair which is comfortable and support your sitting posture. Provide yourself with a desk at the right height. You can even buy an adaptable one and transform it into a standing desk. You can find affordable flat pack furniture and hire a licensed furniture assembly service to help you with the process. Spending to much time sitting in front of your computer is not healthy for you. I’m sure, this is not news to you. Adjust your desk and stand for a couple of hours to improve the blood circulation in your body.
Add living plants
It’s proven that even a small engagement with nature can improve your mood. Placing live plants in your surroundings can help you boost your focus, creativity, and productivity. Having plants in the room will also make it healthier – they’re a great way to freshen up the air.
When you work from home, the entire house becomes a possible distraction. Removing the things you don’t use often from your desk, will instantly affect you. Surrounding yourself with a lot of times can make you feel stressed out, tired and moody. Having a decluttered home and office will help you focus easier. If the only things on your desk are a laptop and a notebook, it will be easier for you to focus on your work.
Keep your goals visible
The best thing about working from home is that you can do whatever you want with your space. You can add a vision board with your goals and dreams to keep you motivated every single day. It’s also a great way to store your ideas. When something pop-ups in your mind, write it down and continue working until you have time to give it a thought. Knowing why you do what you do is a definite productivity booster!
Change the environment
Even if you apply all the tips you read online, some days can be harder for you to focus. A benefit of working from home is that you can decide not to work from home. Grab your laptop and go to a small coffee shop or even better – to a co-working space in your area where you can meet other passionate entrepreneurs who will charge you with positive energy.
Do you have a home workspace set up already? I’d love to hear some of your favorite tricks to be highly productive from the comfort of your home.