If you work from home or will be working from home, then on paper, it is the dream. No commute, flexibility, working from any room and being able to run errands and get your work done, without the need to take a day off.
But when it comes down to it, working from home is much more than sitting in your bed on your laptop. You need to create an environment that is conducive to working and being productive. Otherwise, you might find it hard to focus and might find that work is quite difficult to get done.
So what can you do to create a productive work environment at home? Here are some ideas to think about.
Get the room temperature right
If you have ever been in a freezing office, you will know just how hard it is to concentrate and get your work done. That is why it is so important to get the temperature of your home or home office just right.
Too warm and you’ll find it hard to focus, and too cold and you’ll equally struggle. With the warmer weather approaching, it can be a good idea to think about getting the number of a 24 hour AC service, because you won’t be able to focus if your AC goes haywire!
Temperature does play a part in productivity, so it is definitely something to consider.
If you work from home and live alone, the silence can be welcome, but not necessarily good for productivity. If you work from home with family or housemates, then you will need to create an environment that will block out some of the distractions from them.
Working from home with some music playing can be such a good way to be productive.
You could play music on your computer or with headphones, but it can help. Often classical music is best for productivity, but you could be someone who finds that they work well with other music playing.
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Make notes and keep post-its
Being productive can mean that you make lists and notes, and also that you are able to quickly capture an idea.
You don’t want to have to hold on to too many thoughts in your mind, as it can be really distracting, so what the most productive people do is make lists and keep notes to remind them what needs to be done.
Think carefully about the room design
If you are designing a home office space, then how you do that can impact how productive you are.
If you have bad lighting and the colour of the walls is quite draining, then it can hinder how well you perform when doing work. Think about how clear or cluttered space is, and make sure that you design the room with comfort in mind.
It will be hard to be productive if you feel uncomfortable in your chair or your desk is too low and not adjustable.
So do consider the design of the room that you work in, and avoid just sitting in bed to do work.