5 Tips to Make the Best Home Office for Maximum Productivity
Dec 14, 2020 10:30 AM EST
Working from home may be the new normal but that doesn't mean it's easy to get into the "zone." Who really wants to sit in front of a computer all day while they could be curled up on the couch binging Tiger King and cuddling with their pet? Unfortunately, work will have to get done eventually and if you procrastinate too long, you're going to regret it!
A home office is in such high demand right now, 7% of real estate agents reveal in Homelight's 2020 Q3 survey that they have clients who need a home office - 1% even said they need a space for a classroom! Instead of just working at whatever table is clear, why not create a home office? More importantly, create a home office that'll help fight procrastination and keep you productive.
Here are 5 tips that'll help you do just that.
1. Keep productivity in mind
When you're trying to find your new workspace, try to make sure it is in the quietest part of the house if you can. You don't want to be disturbed by a loud television, noisy appliances, or the door being opened and closed nonstop (if you have kids).
You will also want to consider painting the space a neutral color and add pops of green, as it boosts productivity. We like adding plants and even a small water fountain to the space so you have something relaxing to look at when your eyes need a break.
2. Comfort (but not too comfortable!) is key
If you're going to be sitting at your desk all day, you aren't going to want to sit on one of those cheap desk chairs you might find at a bargain store! Invest a little money into an ergonomic desk chair and a computer set up that is comfortable for you. For example, try using a monitor shelf to elevate the monitor to eye level or have plenty of lighting so your eyes won't be straining if you're burning the midnight oil.
3. Keep things neat and organized
We can't stress this enough - organization is crucial for productivity! There's nothing more frustrating than finding your groove and having to stop 20 minutes in all because you misplaced something important. Your office should be free of clutter and anything that you don't need for your work. The more distractions you can eliminate, the better!
4. Enforce a "do not disturb" rule
Your loved ones may think that since you're working from home, they can chat with you whenever the mood strikes. While it's understandable that your family loves you and you don't want to be rude by telling them to leave you alone... you have to. When you're in your office, you have to enforce the rule that they cannot disturb you unless it's an absolute emergency.
5. Ditch the pajamas
Working from home may seem like a blessing because that means you don't have to don your normal work attire, but it's not all that it's cracked up to be. Sure, you may be able to sit in on a Zoom meeting wearing a nice blouse or button down shirt with your pajama bottoms, but that's not going to help you feel productive after the call! If you want to maximize your productivity, you need to act like you're at the office and dress like it, too!
Months after the global pandemic shook the United States (and continues to do so), people are getting worn out. They're still working from home and it's getting harder to keep your productivity on par with when the stay-at-home orders took effect. These tips won't solve your procrastination woes, but they should help you get some of your work done!