If you work from home, it’s important to create a home office space that you enjoy working in. Here at Closet & Storage Concepts, designing and building custom home offices is one of our specialties, so we’ve put together a few tips on creating an organized home office that fosters productivity. Read on to learn more!
Create the right space
A key factor in your productivity is having a designated space set aside for your home office. If your home already has an office space or a spare bedroom, those are great options. However, if your home doesn’t have a separate room you can use as an office, that’s okay! Any wall, corner or nook that can fit a desk will work. The key is having a workspace that is separate from your living space.
It’s also important to keep your workspace well organized. Visual clutter can make it hard to focus and having a disorganized desk can be a big time waster if you have to spend ten minutes looking for every document you need. Utilize shelving, drawers and filing cabinets to keep your paperwork and supplies organized. You also may want to consider investing in a customized office storage system that is designed to fit your specific space.
While working from home eliminates the possibility of co-workers dropping by to chat, there are still plenty of distractions in your home that will hinder your productivity. While you’re working, keep the television off, your Facebook page closed, and your cell phone on silent.
Plan your time
One of the reasons many people enjoy working from home is that they are able to have a more flexible schedule than if they were working 9-to-5 in an office. Being able to run out to pick the kids up from school or go for a jog in the middle of the day is a great perk of working from home. However, this kind of schedule requires planning to ensure you still have blocks of time throughout the day to focus on your work. For example, if you have an appointment from 11 to noon, don’t schedule lunch with a friend at 12:30. The 30 minutes between your appointment and lunch won’t give you enough time to really make a dent on a certain task. Instead, you could meet your friend for coffee later in the afternoon. This gives you several hours of uninterrupted time to get some work done.
Makeover your office to make it a source of productivity. Stop by one of our showrooms or call us for a free in-home estimate! We serve the greater Philadelphia, South Jersey, and Maryland areas.
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