Working from your homeâ€™s comfort is one of the luxuries that the modern technology brings. Whether one is working at home because he has a flexible boss who lets him save on transport cost and time, is working for himself, or has creative project or paperwork to do, working at home has its own challenges. With good organizing strategies and careful pre-planning, one can enjoy the best of both worlds: a productive work environment in his homeâ€™s comfort. With these five tips, hacks and tricks, however, one can really improve his productivity.
Set up an efficient workspace
When one is operating at a desk in his family room, a shared artistic studio for scrapbooking, a dedicated home office, simple strategies can make his physical work setting more productive than before. He should make sure that he has all the tools and equipment needed to do the job. Below is a list of basic tools one may require to get his work done effectively: computer, printer, telephone, printer, scissors, tape dispenser, stapler, internet access, out-box, inbox, paper clips, adequate work space, reference materials, good lighting, and a comfortable chair. Besides, a productive workspace includes completed work, enough storage for works-in-progress, and reference materials such as the dictionary, magazines and books. One should also make sure that his space has project basket, book shelves or file cabinets. It is important one to jot down the essential equipment and tools he requires to make his home office more productive.
Home environment is full of interruptions and distractions. These distractions can cause a real productivity sapper. The research study conducted by the Michigan University in 2001 shows that productivity of a worker decreases by 20%-40% due to â€œtask switchingâ€. Interruptions and distractions can make one switch tasks midstream, dramatically reducing his productivity. Therefore, it is important that one identify the sources of interruption and solutions to reduce them. To achieve this, one has to isolate himself and focus on his work. He needs to have a dedicated office door, a physical block between his work area and his family or relaxation or other life zones. However, if oneâ€™s workspace isnâ€™t a busy one, a door may not solve the issue. One needs to be more creative. He needs to remove all the materials that distract him. Ideally, he only needs to see the work he wants to carry out rather than other things that require his attention. For instance, if one can see a jumbled home, laundry that requires tending to, a notification icon, or the latest Domino Magazine sitting on his deskâ€¦â€¦ he is inviting distraction.
One should do everything possible to block-off these visual disturbances by adding a folding screen or curtain to separate his work zone from other areas. Or he can position his desk so that he can only see work â€œstuffâ€ when working. He should consider using closed storage systems to keep personal projects and business projects separate. The office desk should be clear of personal hobbies or projects that may tug one a way from the work in progress. One should be a ware of sounds that can lure him away from work, for example, ringing phones, the buzz of a dryer or washing machine, or the ding of a new email in the inbox. Therefore, one should turn off the dryer, phone and email notification until he is done with the job.
Working at home allows one to use his time as it suits him. If one is a night owl, he can operate at night. If he is sluggish in the afternoon, he can catch a few ??zâ€™s and recharge for an animated late afternoon session. However, it is essential when one work at home, he needs to carve out time for every area of his life. Due to the expediency of a home office, the lines can often get blurred causing one to never engage fully in either area of his life. One should chart his time and allocate specific time blocks to various areas of his life. One can accomplish all these by making a list of hours he is awake and then allocate his time to the various activities and areas of his life including family time and parenting, business and career, recreation and hobbies, personal growth and development, health and fitness, finances, recurring task such as grocery shopping and errands, spiritual development and community involvement.
When one puts together his time chart, he needs to think about his natural moods and energy levels. If he is very creative in the morning, it makes a lot of sense to schedule his creative tasks in the morning. If he is sluggish in the afternoon, he should schedule exercise or fitness during that time to serve as a natural stimulant. One should also decide which hours of the day and days of the week he will answer business telephone. The main objective is to establish lines between relaxation time and work time.
Get dressed just like an ordinary office worker
Working in pajamas can turn into a counterproductive adversity and major productive killer. When one gets up in the morning, he should take a shower, get dressed just like an ordinary office worker. Getting dressed the same as an ordinary office worker will him focused, more one task and more ready for the day.
Make it brighter
One should take a look at his home office and ask himself whether the lighting in his home office is bright enough to feel aggravated and excited for the day and if it looks like a normal office. Dime light can make one feel fatigued, discouraged and less productive at the long run.