The pandemic in 2020 has changed the way we work, perhaps forever. Before that time, most of us did not know what it meant to work anywhere else but from our offices. But the pandemic forced us all to work from home for months on end.
Now that the pandemic has eased off, most people have returned to on-site work, but not quite all. Some people loved the work-from-home experience so much that they decided to make it a permanent thing.
But the question is: how do you maximize productivity while working from home? How do you make your home office the most productive space it can be?
Here are some tips to help you out:
Make it a proper office: Yes, you may not be able to recreate that massive office with its solid oak doors and a huge desk. But you can still design your home office with productivity in mind. For one, find a quiet corner of your house to use as your office. Paint the space with a soothing color that speaks to you. Make sure the room has a window, and situate your desk to face the window, except if you find that distracting. In other words, make it as much of an “office” office as is possible.
Get the proper tools for work: Most of us are guilty of not getting the proper tools for work because it is a home office and winging it instead. If you spend hours on end on your system and don’t have an ergonomic chair, go invest in one right now. Get an anti-glare screen for your computer. Get a printer if you need one. Make sure you don’t scrimp on stationery and other office supplies. You don’t want to scrimp on tools and miss the office so much you want to return.
Declutter: This is in continuation of keeping your home office an “office” office. Don’t let coffee cups gather on your desk. Don’t leave half-read books littering the whole place. Don’t let knickknacks and clutter take over the office from you.
Be purposeful: Make a list of tasks you want to complete every day. Once you have ensured that everything you need to get your work done is available, now make sure you do the work. Follow your to-do list and cross off each accomplished item as you go along.
Get rid of the visitors: Your chatty neighbor! Your spouse! Your mom! Your teenager! The distraction can be unending, and you alone have the power to put an end to it.
Teach yourself to disengage yourself from distractions. A great way to do this is to put your phone on silent mode and not answer calls. Don’t answer the door either. When you are at work, be at work, even though you are at home.
Finally, dress the part: Dressing the part will make you feel that you are indeed in an office setting.
So, don’t just stop at incorporating all the other tips laid out in the foregoing.
Also, ensure that you dress the part. Put on formal clothes (yes, pants, too) and approach your home office the same way you’d approach an on-site office.
It’s a great way to get in the groove.
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Edited by Jesus Chan
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