1. Choose an area that is best for your particular working needs.
Having a home office is a great place to work, however, not everyone enjoys working in one. You have to think about your needs and whether you need inspiration for creativity or if you would rather a quiet area to work. Now, depending on what you’re working on, you may find that on some days you’ll be working at the dining table and on another day you’d be on the sofa. So, it is best to think about how you split up your day. If you are usually a lot more creative in the morning hours then that is likely the best time period to spend working on creative projects, brainstorming, etc. You can then relax a bit in the afternoon and sit on the sofa while you reply to emails and do other minor work tasks.
2. Reduce Clutter
Once there is clutter in your home or things that show you still have household chores to do, then this will greatly distract you. As a result, in order to successfully work from home, you should try to declutter it as much as possible. By doing so, you’ll feel a lot more focused and ensure you keep in work-mode.
3. Get ready every morning
When working from home, the majority of people think that the best workwear are pajamas. However, it is really best to get dressed just like you would need to if you were going out to an office. By having a ritual to start your workday, this will actually help you to get into a positive working mindset. So, not only should you get dressed but also get your cup of coffee and even write a quick to do list. By doing so, you will definitely be a lot more productive.
Read more about productivity when working from home in this blog from TrackTime24.
4. Settle in a suitable position
Many people find that it is very comfortable to work while on the sofa or even in bed. Whatever you choose to do, you should always have a table nearby. Even if you don’t need the table for paperwork, it is great to have it available so that you can place your phone, laptop, water, coffee etc. A side table can work just fine or you can even use a c-table which is great for your laptop. This particular type of table will place your laptop at eye level and help with neck strain. Keeping good posture while working is also quite crucial and you should use a couple of cushions in order to ensure you’re comfortable and your body is well aligned.
Natural lighting can cause a great deal of glare so it is best to pull down the blinds and use indoor lighting. If the overhead light isn’t bright enough you can use floor or table lamps. Of course, if you have a great view that isn’t distracting, then working with the windows open can be quite nice.
6. Improve the ambiance of your work area
When you’re working from home you’ll be able to change your environment and the ambiance of your work space, quite unlike if you were working at a company’s office. So, you should definitely work on your home office’s ambiance so that it meshes well with your own personal style and needs. For example, you can add plants, crystals, candles, flowers and more.
7. Create a schedule
Even if you only work occasionally, it is highly recommended that you create a schedule for your work days. There should be a starting time, end time as well as scheduled breaks. This will help you a great deal with managing your work. It will also show your other co-workers or even family members that you have a schedule in the same way that you would have if you were working in an actual office.