Not everyone has the option to work from home. But if you’re an entrepreneur or work remotely, you are able to every once in awhile or all the time. Many people envy those who work from home. They’re able to set their own hours and create their own work environment. It’s true that working from home allows you much flexibility but it can also be more challenging at the same time.
Creating the right work environment conducive to maximum productivity can be challenging. Since you’re not in an office setting, there aren’t any rules. You make your own. You have to create your own structure – and it starts with your workspace. Many people don’t realize the importance of creating the right workspace. If you’re working in a pile a clutter, you probably won’t be able to focus or get much done.
If you want to create the perfect workspace in your home office, consider these tips:
Find the right chair.
Surprisingly, the one thing that can make or break your work environment (literally) is your chair. Since you sit in your chair all day long, you want to make sure you find the right one. Otherwise, you can be faced with uncomfortable back pain that can even lead to longer term problems. Find a chair that gives your back and body enough support. You want to feel like you’re sitting on a cloud, not a rock. You may also want to consider the health benefits of a standing desk.
Isolate yourself from the rest of the house.
The most common issue people have when working from home is being distracted. It can be tough to find a space all your own in your home but even if it’s just a corner, try to isolate yourself when working. If you have kids or roommates around when you are working, it’s hard to really focus when there are other things going on around you.
Keep your desk clear.
Things, not only people, can cause distractions too. Our desk can become overrun with papers, files, and random knick knacks. If we try to look for something, it takes twice as long and you end up wasting time. Make it a priority to keep your desk organized at all times. Keep only the things you need and put away the rest.
Differentiate workspace from personal space.
Whenever possible, try to differentiate your workspace from your personal space. For instance, it’s not always the best idea to set up your desk in your bedroom, since you can get easily distracted and want to take a nap. Your home office is still an office and separating yourself from your own personal space will help you keep your productivity up.
Set the ground rules.
Lastly, be sure to set some ground rules – for both yourself and those living in your home. The hardest part of working from home is the distractions. Limit those as much as possible.