Do you find yourself complaining a lot about your current home office space? When Coronavirus first started affecting our work routines, many professionals made a temporary, makeshift office space. We assumed that after a few months we would be back to our normal offices, so we just made it work. However, for many industries, working from home is going to continue for an indefinite time.
We spend too much time working to have a workspace that you don’t truly enjoy. While many of us can’t design and build our dream office, we can make small tweaks to our home office to make it more enjoyable. We understand and are helping our clients navigate through these new challenges. How can you optimize your home office for more productivity?
Stay organized. When working from home, it’s easy for work items to end up strewn all over the house, perhaps in different sitting areas. This makes it hard to be productive and “power through” certain tasks. Instead, we recommend keeping a dedicated space for your folders and any work items that you may need. This could be as simple as a small bookshelf or table. At the end of each day, take a few minutes to tidy up and organize your space. This will help set you up for a successful morning.
Get the basics. Are you currently missing any basic items from your home office? These could be items such as a power strip with multiple outlets, an additional phone charger, shades to help with the glare on your computer screen, or pens. Take a few minutes to take inventory of the things you currently have and what you need. These could be things you have been putting off, waiting to go back into the office. But, having to get up regularly to find things we need can interfere with productivity. We also recommend that you look into blue light protector glasses if your job requires you to look at the screen for long periods of time. This will help prevent eye fatigue and headaches.
Decorate. You don’t have to go all out to have a comfortable office space. Decoration could be adding a picture of your family to your desk or a vase with flowers. Personalize your home office in small ways the same as you would your regular office space. This will go a long way to helping you feel more at ease. If you like your home office space, you will want to spend more time there.
Don’t stress about background noise. Managing work and home life can be difficult, especially for those of us who have kids and pets in the background. Professionals are understanding of the fact that many of us do not have the perfect home office space. If you need to attend a conference call or video conference, let others know of possible distractions in advance.
Your home office space may not be the quietest room in the house, but if you have all you need and a space you feel good in, this will contribute greatly to your professional success.