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Professionals still aren’t sure who is more productive – people who work in an actual office setting, or people who work from home? However, some workers report feeling more focused, relaxed and creative working from their home office.
Why? Because they have a quiet and comfortable environment and the flexibility to tailor their workspace to their needs. When you’re at home, you can arrange most of the elements of your office the way you like: your desk, chair, furniture, and decorations. How can you boost productivity?
Here are the five most important elements you should incorporate into your home office to boost productivity.
Declutter Your Home Office for the Win!
There’s no way you can be efficient and productive when you spend half of your workday digging through piles of documents, unopened mail, and unnecessary office supplies. However, there are some things you just can’t do without.
Keep a couple of folders with documents that you’re working on right now and keep a few sticky notes with your upcoming assignments on your desk. All other items like books, piles of paper and empty cups of coffee have no business on your work desk.
They will definitely distract you from your work and break your concentration. On the other hand, don’t keep your desk empty either. Having to get up every time you need a pen can be very frustrating. Things that you use every day and are not too bulky to take up all your desk space can stay on your workstation, as long as it doesn’t feel cluttered.
Organize, organize, organize, your home office must be organized.
Once you declutter, it’s time to get organized. You can’t just throw away everything you don’t need at the moment. Having a good way to archive and store documents, supplies and mail will save you both time and nerves. So, you can take a trip to your local organizing store and pick up some filing cabinets, binders, and boxes, or see what you have at home.
For instance, you can mount a couple of cups on your wall to keep your supplies neat and at hand, or just keep them on your desk if you have plenty of desktop space. Open-top baskets are also a great way to stay organized, especially for people who function best when surrounded by a creative mess – baskets will expose the piles of papers, but still keep them at bay.
Green up the space in your home office.
It’s really a shame that you can’t put up an office right in your garden, but you can certainly bring some greenery inside. Indoor plants are proven to boost productivity, happiness, and relaxation, so don’t hesitate to grab at least one plant for your home office.
Aside from having a positive effect on your mood, plants also purify the air and give your space with a nice pop of colour. If you don’t really have a green thumb, you can opt for plants that are super easy to maintain, such as peace lilies, snake plants, succulents or even cacti. They require minimal care but create a great effect.
Or perhaps you prefer to opt for a fresh bouquet of flowers by your desk. Additionally, setting up your desk so you can see the outdoors from your chair will also provide you with your nature fix.
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Smell your way to success.
Since smell is the strongest of all your senses, it’s able to greatly influence your brain activity. Soft scents can boost your focus and be a source of inspiration. They also help relieve the stress caused by long work hours. So, choose specific scents to add to your home office space in the form of candles such as the Bermuda Sands Chesapeake Bay candles scented with a blend of sea salt vanilla and jasmine.
Alternatively, you can get a classic diffuser. Opt for refreshing lemon for concentration, lavender for relaxation, jasmine for a confidence boost, cinnamon for alertness or peppermint for clean thinking. Aromatherapy will certainly get you through the day and keep your head in the game.
Find a quiet corner for your home office.
Some people work best with some background noise, while others find even their neighbour’s dog barking or the noise of their computer cooler very distracting. If you belong to the latter group of people, then you must make sure your office is quiet and free of all disturbances. Make sure your home office is away from the TV and your children’s play area.
Also, invest in some well-insulated doors or even acoustic panels. If you don’t want to go that far, getting a pair of noise-cancelling headphones will give you enough peace and quiet, and you’ll be able to play your favourite music without being distracted by your house members.
Once you create a home office that has all five of these crucial elements, you’ll instantly notice the rise in your productivity, motivation, and focus. Even late night work sessions will be easier and more pleasant.
So, roll up your sleeves, and give your home office a little makeover for your benefit, and the benefit of your business.
This post was written by the lovely Olivia Williams Jones who reached out to me after a successful collaboration last year with a request to contribute another guest post on Lisa Designs Life. I am happy to have her back and recently took her advice and took on my home office! I decluttered, organized and moved my desk to face out the window. These improvements have increased my productivity and happiness while working from home.
Olivia’s previous post is How to Assemble a Soothing Me Zone in Your Home. Olivia is a psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. A mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs. She is a passionate writer, a traveller, and conscious consumer, seeking healthy and sustainable products to incorporate into the lives of her family. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
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