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5 Tried-and-True Secrets for a Productive Home Office

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Do you want to be more productive while working from home? Click to read. In this post you will learn the five key areas to incorporate into your home office to boost productivity. Be sure to read all the way thru and check out our recommendations for some awesome office products to organize and set up your home office.

Do you want to be more productive while working from home? Click to read. In this post you will learn the five key areas to incorporate into your home office to boost productivity. Be sure to read all the way thru and check out our recommendations for some awesome office products to organize and set up your home office.

Do you want to be more productive while working from home? Click to read. In this post you will learn the five key areas to incorporate into your home office to boost productivity. Be sure to read all the way thru and check out our recommendations for some awesome office products to organize and set up your home office.
Do you want to be more productive while working from home? Click to read. In this post you will learn the five key areas to incorporate into your home office to boost productivity. Be sure to read all the way thru and check out our recommendations for some awesome office products to organize and set up your home office.

Professionals still aren’t sure who is more productive – people who work in an actual office 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!

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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

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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

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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 color. 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.

Smell your way to success

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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 funky candles such as Mor candles scented with warm, refreshing aromas of the bounties of the earth.

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

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Some people work best with some background noise, while others find even their neighbor’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-canceling headphones will give you enough peace and quiet, and you’ll be able to play your favorite 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. She reached out to me after a successful collaboration last year with her request to contribute another guest post on Lisa Designs Life. I am happy to have her back and recently took her advice, I took on my home office! I decluttered, organized and then moved my desk so that I face out a window. These improvements have indeed caused me to be more productive and happier while working from home. 

You can click this link to read Olivia’s previous guest post How to Assemble a Soothing Me Zone in Your Home. Olivia is psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs. She is a passionate writer, a traveler, 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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98 responses to “5 Tried-and-True Secrets for a Productive Home Office

    • Just bought an indoor plant for my office. Wife wanted some new decor but I did notice I’m a little more calm when working. Will definitely bring out the noise cancelling headphones since my niece n nephew are over more frequently. Good ideas Lisa!!!

  1. Oh boy did I need to read this! I find so much trouble being productive from home and was just considering different ways to increase productivity. I will be implementing these suggestions in the coming week, thank you.

  2. Really love the idea of indoor plants! They add so much life to the atmosphere! I need to carve out a space for an office in my small home other than the kitchen table 🙄. Thanks for the motivation!

  3. How did you know I needed this?? I work 100% from home and struggle off and on with productivity…I actually was just rearranging things today to try to make my space more conducive to a positive workspace!

  4. I am loving all these tips! I really need to add another plant to my office. Right now I have this cute cactus named “Orlando Bloom” BUT I could so do with another one. I was just lamenting how I hadn’t bought a new plant in months. I have this issue with rescuing sad plants from stores. Maybe a floral plant, so I can be green and smell my way to success at the same time.

  5. I think I’m going to have to set up a home office now after reading this! Right now, my “office” is wherever I take my laptop to work —currently on the dining table. If I had a set place to work, I think it would dramatically improve my productivity.

  6. I hadnt thought of so many of these. I always keep my desk tidy and organised but have never thought of plants or scents. I will definitely be looking into getting some 💗

  7. the scent definitely helps! depending in the mood, i love having it either to calm me down or to re-energize! and coming from thailand, my fave is lemon grass as it reminds me of home! but since canada is my 2nd home now, om hooked with maple- as scent and edible!

  8. great tips but I love the idea of adding greenery. honestly, we can spend so much time in our home office that we need to add pops of greenery and items we enjoy looking at. love all the pink hues too!

  9. Thanks for the tips. I recently went to Ikea and got everything to set up my office. I completely agree with the smells, having a lavender candle next to me makes me want to be at the office 24/7. I also like your idea of having noise canceling headphones; I would have never thought of that.

  10. I’m in love with all the Rose gold products you picked! I’m in the midst of making our office a playroom/office and I’ll need some new organizing items. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Such great ideas, love that rose gold/blush accessories. I really need to revamp my office desperately. It is like the old saying about the cobbler never making shoes for his family. I decorate the rest of the house and always put my own office on the back burner, lol.

    • SO true. I have organized and started changing up my office but the painting and feature wall never seem to get started, let alone finished!

  12. I work in IT and I am allowed to work sometimes from home, thing is… whenever I work from home I end up staying late on my computer. I also forget to eat or take a walk… however, I love how your ideas

    • It can be difficult to take breaks when we work at home, which is why it’s more important than ever to schedule them in. Try putting a notification in your phone calendar that reminds you to take a 15 min. break, get up, do some stretches, get a glass of water, step outside and take a few deep breaths of the fresh air. You will be more productive and better off than if you sit at a desk all day!

  13. Oh the items you suggested are so pretty! and yes all these points are so true. I love putting plants in a place i do some work as well as incorporating aromatherapy these all very important elements to having a productive workspace

  14. Lambam

    What a great office ideas ! This is such an exceptional article and am glad I came across this post . Thank you 😊

  15. Ann

    I gave up my office space for my youngest son to have a room of his own. And let me tell you….since have moved my office into my kitchen, I miss my organization. You tips are exactly what I miss about my office space! The lack of clutter, my wax warmer, the peace and quiet…excuse me while I go move my children into the same room again. lol

  16. Such great tips! I do find that having a quiet corner for my workspace is important. But since I write a lot while the kids are up and about, I like to be able to keep an eye on things. I’ve always loved the idea of having an office set up on a landing that overlooks the main living space. Being higher up, the noise is less distracting and the kids are less likely to interrupt work frequently. But Mom can still keep an eye on things and intervene if necessary 🙂

  17. This article really inspired me to clean my desk off and actually use it! I have a small apartment so my desk is actually in my living room. I’ve found that my desk has become a catch-all for crap and I’ve been working from my couch which hasn’t been the most productive. I really need to separate the two spaces – I know what I’ll be doing this weekend!

    • It’s nice to hear that you found this article inspiring. Best of luck sorting and cleaning, I know that it will be amazing to have an organized space and just for your work at home!

  18. I was thinking of setting up a little office space a while back but then I figured Xio would just break everything. I do have a shed in the backyard I think I can set up there. I love the idea of candles they really do add a touch of elegance to any space not to mention I may need to smell them, to relax lol . That bookcase is to die for and the desk organizer. I may just buy these just because but when I travel you know how ridiculous it is to ship stuff here!

    • You should set up a baby proof, non-breakable office space Tachi! Put the candles and breakables up high and kid-friendly items down low, you could even have a lower shelf with a cute basket of toys that Xio only gets to play with when you need to get some work done.

  19. Your tips are very helpful. I work from my home. And, I have set a corner of my bedroom as my workstation. I feel like it does not have the workstation feel. I will decorate it now.

  20. I really cannot agree with you more, the less clutter on the desk the more efficient the work period will be. I am one to toss away stuff and not store it properly, I will take your advice and tips to find a better way to tackle that challenge. The candles or incents are great to have and every so often I light one to get the room smelling great.

  21. I am in the process of revamping and redesigning my office area, such good tips in this post. I was feeling so unproductive and wasting time in the last few months when I had to dig into my own stuff to find the right thing.

  22. I don’t have a home office yet, but when I do these tips are amazing! I won’t necessarily have an “office” but a work section for writing and university! Working from home is definitely more ideal to me. 🙂

  23. We are going to be moving soon and this post has me so excited to set up my own little corner home office! If I have to be inside I like to feel as close to the outside as possible so facing a window and using house plants are great ideas. I will also definitely try using scents to enhance focus and inspiration!

  24. Such great tips! I don’t have a home office at the moment, so I pinned this for future reference. I can’t wait to set up the perfect space for getting my blogging work done.

  25. I’m not sure if I’m more productive at home or at work – work has so many distractions because of the other people, but my home has so many distractions, like all the housework I haven’t gotten done!! Decluttering my office space is probably the biggest thing I need to do right now to increase my productivity at home. I can feel the piles of papers waiting to be filed just calling to me, distracting my, and sucking away my productivity! Now to just find the time to deal with the clutter! Thanks for the tips 🙂

  26. I definitely agree with decluttering the space. I make it a point to leave my desk neat and clean before I leave and then start my day with a to- do list. This helps me stay organized and focused throughout the day.

  27. Leigh

    I love the rose gold everything!! Really need to re-do my workspace. I think if you have a de-cluttered, open space, it really reflects in your work and you can get more done!

  28. I’m loving the rose gold theme. And wish I had a separate office space. Now that I’ve started blogging I would love to have that space for myself. Maybe one day! 🙏🏻

  29. OH wow… okay as I sit here writing this I’m looking at my “office” space dreaming of a day it will be like you’ve described! My office is currently also my master bathroom and my sewing room due to renovation progress in my house, have kids and needing more space for them I feel like I live in a college dorm room sometimes! I love all these tips and can’t wait until I have a space they can feel his calm! 🙂

  30. Love makeovers! Especially in my working ideas, my family is the witness, that every couple months I am literally changing everything around me 😀

  31. These are tips I really needed at this time! I finally have my own home office and am just getting ready to reorganize and decorate it – I plan on using many of these tips. Thank you for the post!

  32. Such a great tips, Lisa! I wish I had the space for a home office, but right now I don’t. I’m usually working from my bed or sofa and I feel that it’s just not as productive. I would be even more fun to decorate an office space. I LOVE all of the rose gold accessories you shared! 🙂

  33. Luna S

    I always love reading your posts! You always find the cutest décor pieces, makes me wish I had a bigger desk so I could fit more on it.

  34. I love everything about this post!! I love the rose gold theme you have going on. Organization is totally key and the hardest thing for myself, personally. I like the idea to add some green! No one DOESN’T like flowers. Great post!

  35. having green is a must for me! growing up in a tropical country, i just find it to dull not having a spark of greenery! i also heard that it is healthy visually to have this color and also great for the air!

  36. Angela Hoyos

    Great Ideas! I have such trouble focusing in my home office… maybe I need to make some of these changes!

  37. OMG… I’m in love with all of the beautiful accents. The succulent pots are absolutely stunning. Yes, being organized and getting rid of clutter is a must for a home office. I’m pinning this post… Thanks

  38. One of the things I loved about our house the first time we looked at it was that it had a home office. Fast forward 2 years and I realize the office is ALL wrong! It’s right off of the entryway and opens to the foyer – I hate it! It feels impossible to be able to spread out and ‘dig in’ to longer projects. My desk also ends up as the family drop zone, which means I’m always having to clean the desk to start working. I have found that when I’m able to keep the top cleared for extended periods I work in there more, especially with a candle 🙂 Maybe it’s time to add a plant too!

    • Hi Ginger, when we moved into our home two years ago the office was right off the entryway as well. I have since taken over one of the bedrooms in the back of the house and find it quieter, away from the hub of our home and I am a lot more productive when I am working. I feel very fortunate to have this option, perhaps you can set up zones in the home office to keep the children and other family things separate from your work items.

  39. I live in such a tiny space so I don’t have a home office, but I am trying to move from doing everything on my bed. You gave such great tips — especially with the noise-cancelling headphones.

    Great tips! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

  40. As someone who is self-employed, I sometimes struggle to work from home. I sometimes go to the library to be able to focus. This is a great read to combat distractions of working from home

  41. I think I would get more done at a home office where I’m in my own space so it is truly homey feeling. I love all of the rose gold office items, i like even the ones that aren’t rose gold.

  42. Great tips and beautiful product recommendations. I will apply some of these. Unfortunately, I don’t have a home office, only an office corner. But the good news is, I sit beside the window.

  43. Ahhh decluttering…Your post makes me want to open up my office closet and get to cleaning – it’s such a mess, but I know it’d help me be more productive 🙂

  44. I need to follow these tips. My office space definitely needs a make over! A declutter is long over due. Im going to follow your tips this weekend and sort out my office space once and for all. I will be referring back to this post for your advice. Thank you for the inspiration!

  45. After years I finally have an office in my house! It’s all mine and it’s been feeling a little empty, never thought of plants but that will be my new addition! Thanks for this post!

  46. I have worked from home for over 5 years now. Having my own properly configured workspace is so important. Although they don’t match my decor I am loving the rose gold accessories. It might be time for me to redecorate…lol

  47. You are like my spirit animal – I LOVE all the rose gold items for this post. Especially that organizing rack. So chic. I also love to put candles around my work area. It helps me to focus.

  48. What great ideas! I have a home office and I never thought to add greenery or scents, and the effect it has on you! Wow!! Will have to get on that! 😀

  49. Karla

    This makes me think that I should start to declutter and organize my office. I have a little office in my house and I’m thinking placing an indoor plant is a great idea! Thanks!

  50. Beautifully written post with fabulous pictures to go with. I love indoor plants, they definitely have a calming effect. I absolutely agree that decluttering leads to productivity. Thanks so much for this amazing tips. Very helpful x

  51. These are really great ideas. I’m trying to get my ‘work area’ to be more organzied and this helps out a lot. I always love to have a nice smelling candle close by to relax.

  52. Great tips. I don’t have a home office, I just have a table in a corner. I need to add more plants in my life, but I do feel more productive working at home than when I was working in an office. The traffic here is terrible and I am saving 5 hrs every day instead of being stuck in traffic.

  53. I love a tidy office!The space around me where you work needs to be clean and organized as well. I often burn candles and have greenery around me, flowers depending on the season. But a diffuser sounds like a perfect idea to switch it up.

  54. Marni

    I love this! There are so many little things you can do to give your office a refresh! I am adding this to my to-do list!

  55. Pari

    I agree with most of the points you have made. I especially love my Bose noise cancelling headphones. They are my number one productivity booster.

  56. Wonderful ideas! I have my favourite plant right next to my desk and I make a point of de-cluttering every morning and evening when I am done. I also have my desk facing a big window so it is perfect!

  57. LC

    I must confess, I don’t have the ideal office space for productivity. I really should take this advice and organize, and move my desk to a space that would be more inspiring and less distracting like in the middle of the loft where my kids often hang out (Quitely) while I’m working. Although I like having them near while I work it’s not always very productive. Thanks for the tips.