As it becomes increasingly popular, more and more people are transitioning to working from home. This is a great perk…if you’re actually getting work done. We’ve compiled a list of the best tips to making your home office more productive.
The residents here at The Townhomes At Chapel Watch Village love that our spacious floorplans easily accommodate for home offices. So if you’re going to be working from your apartment or townhome, keep reading for our top tips.
Declutter Your Desk
If you walk into an office with a messy desk, there’s no way you’re going to be amped to get to work. If you’re anything close to normal, you’ll find yet another reason to get to organizing the desk later. It’s pretty obvious that swimming through extra papers and pens delays your progress, so you’ve got to start here.
While sticky notes can be a helpful tool, extra books, piles of paper, or cups half full of lukewarm coffee will strongly detract from your productivity, not to mention your concentration.
You don’t have to go to some of the extremes as some that call themselves “minimalists,” but thinking like a minimalist will help create a more productive office space. The less shiny objects, knick knacks, and noisemakers you have in and around your office, the more you can focus.
Think about what you need to get the job done. Stick to the basics. At the same time, adding non-distracting touches of personality here or there can make a significant difference in productivity and helps keep your head clear.
Natural light is energizing, so you’ll want to position your workspace in a room with a window. If changing a light fixture in your home office is a possibility, look for one that’s specifically made for office productivity that offers cool light and reduces glare.
Standing desks have been scientifically proven to increase productivity by keeping energy levels high. If you can’t stand for a solid eight hour work day, opt for an adjustable desk that allows you to sit or stand as you please. In either case, you’ll want to choose a desk that’s large enough for your essentials, but not so large that it becomes a catch-all for intruding items that aren’t part of your daily workflow.
Think With Your Nose
For some, soft, wafting scents can soothe the usual stress of thought blockages and procrastination, resulting in increased focus. Besides having a nice smell, essential oils like lavender and jasmine can actually give you all sorts of great natural boosts. Try a fresh smelling potted herb or plant, or simply add a scented candle. Aromatherapy could be just the trick you need to get your thoughts back on track.
Bring The Outdoors In
Working at home is better than being in a stuffy office building, but you’re still indoors. However, greenery can help you bring the outdoors inside. A plant, for example, brings a source of life and color to any room.
This is a trend we’ve been seeing in home offices of our residents. Plants or green wall accents are becoming popular because we are usually looking at computer screens or our cell phones, and having that green aspect is easy on the eyes and helps us feel more connected to nature.