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While for most of us the idea of working from home is appealing, the reality is that home is full of distractions. And that means that actually getting your work done proves difficult.
So if you’re working from home you need to create the perfect office space. And we’re going to show you how to do that here.
Lose the distractions
As we said, the main difficulty with working from home is the fact that there are so many distractions. So first up, you need to choose a room in the home and make it a work only zone. Completely de-clutter the space and dedicate it to all things work.
Avoid letting anything un-work related creep in there.
Equip the space
Now that you have an area ready to be turned into a home office, you need to equip it with the right stuff. You shouldn’t have all office equipment scattered around the home. Same goes for documents, notes, and books. The minute you leave your office to send a fax you’ll find something to distract you.
Plan a schedule
The key to remaining productive is to set a schedule. We recommend treating your home office as you would any other working environment. Get up early, start work at 9 and finish at 5. Designate a break in the morning, a dinner break, and an afternoon break too. It’s a good idea to install a white board in your home office. On this you can schedule each and every job for that week, making it easier to keep on top of your work.
Invest in comfort
Be prepared to spend a little money on creating an office that’s comfortable. That includes buying an office chair you’re happy to sit in for hours on end; picking up ergonomic keyboards; decorating the space so it’s well lit etc.
Purchase a comfy armchair too. This is a great place to take those much needed minutes away from your computer screen and wind down.
The key here is to create a space you want to be in for eight hours a day. Because that’s the problem with many offices up and down the country. If a worker doesn’t enjoy being in a space, it’s going to seriously affect their work!
Oh, and don’t forget to keep your printer, scanner, and fax machine serviced. We can help in that department. There’s nothing worse than trying to get work done when your equipment isn’t working correctly!