[AD] Working from home can be amazing; it gives you more freedom to set your own schedule and do your own thing, but it can be pretty hard to get going and maintain high levels of productivity at times too. There are just too many things from family to the lure of Netflix, a good book or the fridge, that can call you away from your work.
The good news is, there are lots of things you can do to make your home office as productive as possible. Here are a few ideas you might find helpful:
The Quietest Corner
Obviously, you may be hampered as to where you can locate your office by the layout of your home and which spaces are already being used by you and your family, but if you want to be as productive as possible, it’s a good idea to find the quietest place you can to set up office. A location that’s away from the noise of passing traffic, away from your attention-seeking, but lovable pets, and as far away from the general noises your family makes, will allow you to work in peace and ensure you get more done.
Invest in a Better Desk and Chair
Since you’re going to be spending a lot of time using them, investing in an ergonomic chair that will keep you comfortable, one of those high end workstations that enable you to set up your equipment more efficiently is sensible. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, but you should choose the models that meet your needs most accurately.
Declutter Your Desk
Decluttering your desk is a really smart thing to do if you want to be more productive. Clutter is distracting and it will stop you from focusing on what you’re doing, so make sure that anything that doesn’t need to be on your desk is not on your desk. A good set of shelves or a filing cabinet will help you with this.
If you want to feel less stressed and be more productive in your home office, then there’s no two ways about it, you need plants. Whether you choose a couple of classic bonsai trees or easy-to-care-for succulents, you will see and feel the benefits of having some greenery around you as you work.
Something else that you may want to try is investing in an aromatherapy diffuser. These are simple machines that you add water and a few drops of essential oil to. They then fill the room with the soothing scents of lavender, jasmine or lemon. You can choose oils to invigorate, calm you or help you to feel more alert, depending on what you need at any given moment, and…well having an office that smells good is always a bonus.
The great thing about working from home is that you can take as many breaks as you like and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that taking lots of breaks can boost productivity. So, for every 20 minutes of hard work you put in, take a 5-minute break and feel the benefits.
It’s easy to boost productivity in your home office if you know how!