Working from home is a great way to boost productivity. Many people who work for themselves from home find that they get far more done than they ever did for an employer, and many employers who sent staff home during the pandemic have decided to keep them working remotely at least some of the time because of the boost in productivity.
But it’s not always the case. If your home office set-up is cluttered and chaotic and you don’t have what you need to work, you might find that you struggle to work productively. Here are some of the things that you could change to set up your home office for maximum productivity.
It’s hard to work productively when you are uncomfortable. If your chair isn’t comfortable, or it isn’t supportive and you get back ache after a few hours, you’ll find it hard to focus or settle on a task. Investing in a good chair will prevent back issues and aches and help you to work more productively.
Working at an ergonomic desk and sitting on a supportive and comfortable chair will always be the best option. But sometimes when we work from home, we want a change. Being flexible means that you can move to suit your moods or your particular needs at the time. There’s nothing wrong with getting comfy on the sofa with your Home Office Laptop from time to time.
Dark spaces can feel gloomy and make us feel tired and sluggish. Brighten your walls, let more natural light in, make sure your overhead lights are bright and you’ve got functional lamps and you’ll feel more alert and energetic. It will also be easier to work more productively.
It’s hard to work well when you have to spend time walking between your desk and filing cabinet or searching for a pen on your desk. Make sure your layout makes sense, you’ve got plenty of room to move around easily, you know where everything is, and you can easily reach anything that you use daily from your desk. This will save you time and help you to avoid stress.
Your home office might be your workspace but it’s also part of your home. Add colour to your walls or accessories, bring in some personal touches, and try to create a practical room, but also a stylish one. You’ll work better in a room that you love spending time in.
You might be tempted to work on the sofa in your PJs in front of the TV occasionally, and there’s nothing wrong with this. But when you’ve got a lot to do, you need a private space that’s away from the rest of your family life. If you don’t have room for an office, make sure you can use a room without being interrupted.
If you are struggling with productivity, take a look at your workspace. Making some, or all of these changes could help you to get more done while improving the quality of your work and your mood.