If you work from home, one of the biggest challenges is finding ways to increase your productivity. Because your work environment is also your home space, it can be tempting to get distracted with home chores and not be as productive as you could be each day.
Thankfully, a good home office storage and organization strategy can help you to maximize each day. Here are six ways you can effectively increase productivity in your home office:
1. Set Your Custom Home Office Up for Productivity
The first thing you should do is choose one area of your home where to set up your custom home office. It doesn’t have to be a whole room, but just a corner of your house where you have everything handy. Find a quiet corner, preferably with a window so that you get good natural lighting in. Some things you can do are paint this corner a soothing color if necessary, design a vision board that will inspire you as you go about your work, and make sure there are electrical sockets and adequate space for your digital equipment. Documents, files and office supplies should all be within reach of this corner.
2. Make Sure You Are Comfortable
The ideal home office is delightfully comfortable — but not too comfortable! You should invest in a good office chair with an ergonomic design, to ensure a good posture and avoid back pain when working for long hours. Some people even use a standing desk in their home office, to encourage movement even during work hours. If you do sit down at your desk, get up and walk around every 45 minutes, grab some water and take a few deep breaths. Avoid sitting down for too long.
3. Continuously Declutter Your Custom Home Office
Decluttering your home office is also key to staying focused and productive. It is easy to let papers and even digital files pile up to the point that you can’t work effectively. Are your children’s school notes and files piled and mixed up with your work papers? Do you spend unnecessary time every morning just shuffling through that pile? Or worse yet, do you waste time looking for things because there is so much clutter? Make it a point to set aside one day a week just for decluttering, purging and reorganizing your home office space. You will feel better both on the inside and the outside. You will be able to think clearly and be more efficient when there aren’t dirty coffee cups lying around.
4. Remember to Take Breaks
It’s a good idea to take regular breaks when working from your custom home office. You get to refresh your brain and recharge your creativity as the day progresses. Some simple things you can do to take breaks include stopping to look up from your screen every 20 minutes or so. (Tip: Set a timer to remind you, as it’s easy to let the time fly by!) If is a nice day, take a break and go for a stroll or take a call outside if you can. The sunlight, fresh air and a little bit of exercise will make you feel more energized and ready to continue your daily tasks.
5. Work Efficiently and With a Purpose
Unless you have set goals and a destination, you’ll have a hard time getting where you need to be. To ensure that that you are working efficiently and with a purpose in your custom home office, you should have lists of daily, weekly and monthly goals. Some people say that writing their tasks as a “Get Done” list rather than a “To Do” list makes it more encouraging to stick to their tasks. If social media is distracting you from your work at home, log out of your accounts or mute notifications. But if you use social platforms for your business, make sure you set aside a specific amount of time for this task.
6. Invest in Good Lighting for Your Custom Home Office
One problem many people who work from home have is feeling lethargic in their cozy environment. This is especially true during the winter months. If the weather is unfavorable or you have to work long nights, it is essential to get good artificial lighting in your workspace. Did you know that the intensity of your lights and even the type of artificial lights could have a major impact on your productivity? The cells of our eyes are called photosensitive retinal ganglion cells, and they use information coming from light to signal to our bodies when it is time to wake up (sun’s up) or sleep (pumping more of hormone melatonin). So you can, in essence, trick your body into being more alert simply by using the proper kind of lighting in your home office.
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