Home offices have become much more popular and relevant in today’s households. Whether your home office is a tiny space in the corner of the living room or a spacious spare bedroom, many of us can admit that we aren’t as productive as we would like to be when working in them. To help overcome the potential pitfalls of working in a home office, we have compiled six tips to increase productivity.
One of the benefits of working from home is that you don’t have to dress a certain way. With that said, it can be challenging to be in a productive mindset if you roll out of bed and attempt to do some work in your pajamas. While you don’t have to dress to impress, put a little effort into what you are wearing when working in your home office. This will help prevent you from feeling lazy and not getting much done.
What makes working from home attractive for a lot of people is the ability to work whenever you want. The problem with that is if you lack discipline, you might not spend enough time working. Create a schedule of when you should be working and what needs to be accomplished to hold yourself accountable.
Our phones are the perfect procrastination devices. From browsing social media to playing games, it’s easy to kill time with your phone. At home, time spent on your phone can add up quick. Luckily, most phones give you the ability to tweak settings to keep you off your phone such as time limits on specific apps and keeping unimportant notifications silent.
Since you don’t have to worry about others seeing your workspace, your home office can look however you want. While that is great, that also means that you might have little incentive to keep it organized. An unorganized workspace decreases efficiency and might distract you from your work. Keep your workspace in a condition that would be acceptable as if you weren’t working from home.
It can be pretty boring working from home and not interacting with anybody. Whenever you need a break, recharge by connecting with the outside world. Whether you take a quick stroll around your neighborhood or sit outside your patio, do something relaxing and rewarding.
Other than your phone, there are plenty of distractions such as kids and pets that can limit productivity. It’s crucial to identify all of the potential distractions in your home and figure out a way to minimize them. If you know stuff will come up, schedule them around your workday so you don’t lose valuable time.
We hope these tips will boost your productivity in your home office. If you need help organizing your home office, we collaborated with professional organizer Regina Leeds to create a guide with all of the best practices for organizing a functional home office.