Do you find yourself constantly distracted while working in your home office? Perhaps you suddenly remembered that the laundry needs to get done. Or maybe your dog wants out.
All these little distractions can prevent you from getting things done. So how do you create a productive home workspace?
Practicing minimalism is one part of keeping your workspace productive. But there are also other tried and tested hacks. These tips will help you accomplish tasks faster, easier, and with better efficiency.
How to Create a Productive Home Workspace
Set Your Workspace Up For Productivity
If only working from home means setting up a workspace overlooking a beautiful view. Or be surrounded by calming nature sounds. But that’s unlikely. Thankfully, you can still design your home workspace in a way that allows you to focus.
First of all, look for a quiet space. Stay out of high-traffic areas like the living room or the kitchen. It’s also a good idea to find a space that is away from the television. And if you have kids, it’s preferable to work away from your kids’ play area. Doing so allows you to work in peace.
Another option is to add indoor plants. They don’t only add color to any room but they also help cleanse indoor air. So as you work, you’re breathing in fresh, clean air.
Keep Your Home Workspace Clutter-Free
A cluttered desk equals a cluttered mind.
Isn’t it overwhelming to work at a desk filled with paperwork that needs to get done? The next thing you know, you’re procrastinating. Putting off work because you can’t focus.
And while adding trinkets to your workspace can add a touch of personality, it also offers a possible distraction. Avoid such distractions by keeping your workspace clutter-free.
Here are a few tips:
- Keep the decorations to a minimum. Consider removing extra trinkets on your desk. Keep what is essential, like a family photo or your most favorite action figure.
- Use a letter tray organizer to organize your paperwork. Categorize them according to: to-do, to-file, and urgent.
- Keep office supplies like pens, erasers, or post-it notes properly stored and organized. In doing so, you’ll know exactly where to find them.
- Lastly, consider going digital. This allows you to get rid of the excess paperwork on your desk.
Make Your Home Workspace Comfortable and Ergonomic
A productive home workspace should be comfortable. That said, consider investing in an ergonomic desk chair. It helps you keep a comfortable sitting posture while you work. So you will be ache and pain-free at the end of the day.
Using a laptop for work? Why not use a laptop stand to place the screen within eye level? Add in a wireless keyboard and a track pad and you’re good to go!
These items may seem like a splurge but they can make a huge difference in your comfort level.
Keep Essential Items within Easy Reach
Do you find yourself constantly getting up from your desk to get something? These little interruptions can cause you to lose focus. And it takes time to get back to being productive.
That said, keep your essentials within easy reach. Some things you might need include:
- Pens, post-it notes, and other office supplies.
- Hand sanitizers
- Water bottle or tumbler
- Some snacks if you enjoy munching while working
But remember, productivity is not directly correlated to the time spent on your desk. If you need to take a short break, by getting up and walking around, do so. Recalibrating and refueling once in a while can actually help you regain focus.
Take Short Breaks
This may sound small and counterproductive. But you’d be surprised how much difference it can make. As long as you properly time your breaks, it’ll leave you feeling refreshed.
Simply decide on a schedule. But don’t abuse your short breaks to avoid getting derailed from your tasks. Remember, the purpose of these short breaks is to refuel and recalibrate.
Here are a few tips to maximize your break time:
- Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen. In doing so, you’ll reduce eye strain. Consider looking out the window and hold it for 20 seconds.
- Read relevant articles to find some inspiration.
- Learn new things about your field.
- Take a walk outside to get some fresh air.
Work With Purpose
Lastly, make the most of your work schedule. Being busy is different from being productive. That said, consider creating a daily to-do list. Keep this list realistic. This means, add tasks that you know you can finish within the day.
You’ll soon find that there’s a certain sense of satisfaction from crossing off the list as you go.
With these tried and tested hacks, you’ll be able to create a productive home workspace. What are your tricks to be more productive while working from home? Share them with us below!