Working from home has proven to be an effective option for a lot people with the benefits of freedom and flexibility. However, it also comes with a lot of potential challenges that could be disrupting your productivity.
If you’re getting ready to set up your home office or you’re feeling like your existing space could use a refresh, these tips will help you stay motivated. Take advantage of the fact that you’re in complete control of your space and make it work for you.
Separate the space
It’s important to keep your working space separate from other areas of your life to avoid distraction. This is particularly when you work from home since your personal space is intertwined with your working space.
Even if you can’t dedicate an entire room to being an office, dedicating at least an area of your home to work will make it easier to stay in a productive mindset when you need to be working. You might even want to invest in an affordable room divider to section off a particular part of your home.
Set it up like an office
Making your home office feel like a professional workplace can also help in getting you into the right mindset and hence improve your productivity when working. This might involve investing in proper equipment and furniture.
For instance, you might want to install built in shelves or get an office desk and chair. If you have a dedicated office room, renovations or improvements to it can not only increase your productivity but can also make your home more valuable when you decide to sell your property.
Make it comfortable
With the luxury of being in full control of your home office, you have the opportunity to make it as comfortable as you’d like. Consider setting up your space to make it as ergonomic as possible, meaning you want to design your home office for both efficiency and comfort.
Do research on how to set up your desk for the best workstation ergonomics. You might want to invest in products like an ergonomic chair or ergonomic mouse. If you regularly work from home, you might be able to claim a deduction for these home office expenses.
Light it up
As humans, we all need an adequate amount of light to keep us functioning and productive. Of course, the best source of light is natural daylight. Therefore, if you can, keep your working space close to a window or another source of sunlight.
Investing in high-quality lighting is important if you don’t get a lot of natural daylight or for cloudy days. There are different options that can replicate daylight or have dimmer switches that allow you to control the amount of light you need.
As they say, clear space, clear mind. Having too much visual stimuli in your working area will make it hard for you to focus. By removing any potential distractions, your brain can more easily focus on staying productive and working on the task at hand.
Having the motivation to keep your space clean can be hard. Hence, it’s crucial to set up systems and habits to allow you to declutter regularly. For instance, you might want to set aside 5 minutes at the end of every work day to put everything back in its place and half an hour at the end of every week to do a more thorough declutter. Once you get into a routine, decluttering won’t feel like too much of a chore.
A productive home office will help you get past the 3 p.m. work slump and keep you motivated with your goals. If you haven’t implemented these 5 methods to increase your productivity, the new year is the perfect time to make some changes!
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