How to Create a Productive Home Office

Whether you freelance from home or telecommunicate occasionally, you have probably struggled with the large number of distractions and temptations that working from home offers.  There are ways to create a productive home office.

  1.  Create a designated home office space.  When choosing a place to set up your home office try to avoid high traffic areas and find a quiet room or corner of your apartment.  You can partition off your designated work area with a colorful rug or motivational decor.  Green is great for productivity so add some plants and if you can, face a window while working.  Creat some visual variety for when your eyes need a break from the monitor.  Establishing boundaries between work and personal life helps you be productive in both.  When you are not worrying about the latest report or task, you can enjoy time with family or friends and vice versa.
  2. Declutter your desk.  Things have a habit of collecting on your office desk.  Make it a routine to purge your home office of papers, books, coffe cups and knickknacks.  Having a clean decluttered workspace helps increase productivity, not to mention your concentration.
  3. Get organized.  Clutter can make a small space smaller and even a bit chaotic.  More than just cleaning off your desk, keeping extra desk supplies in an organizer can help with the clutter.  Just make sure it remains neat and orderly.
  4. Invest in a good office chair.  It’s hard to be productive and focused when you are constantly straining to see you computer screen or rubbing your aching back.  Invest in a good office chair and make sure you are sitting in an ergonomically correct position at yor desk.  If you get uncomfortable sitting for long periods of time, try a standing desk.
  5. Invest in good lighting.  A well-lit workspace can brighten the room and have a positive impact on your mood and productivity.  Try a desk lamp or floor lamp to shed some additional light on your workspace.
  6. Take a break.  Taking breaks from work are just as important out of the office as when you are working in the office.  For a more productive way to charge your batteries, try taking a walk around your block or play a short mind game so you can refocus when you get back to work.
  7. Dress up for work.  When you work from home it is easy to roll out of bed and head straight to work.  Force yourself to get up and get ready for work as if you were headed to the office.  Getting dressed helps you be more productive because it signals to you that you’re in work mode.  Working from home also requires a lot of self-motivation and dedication.  it is easy to get distracted by all the things you need to do around your home.  By following these easy tips for creating your productive home office, you will be sure to stay productive and make the best out of working from home.