Trust us when we say, we know how hard it can be to stay focused and productive when you are working or running a business from your home office. That is why Elm & Blue have written a little guide for you sharing some top tips for different ways to stay productive in a home office.
A tidy office will yield a smoothly run business; so to start off, we need to get you organised.
You can use paper trays, pencil pots, paper clip holders, dovetail clips, a pin-board or even a metal tray for your stationery as the best starting point. Papers in a pile on your desk can be transformed from looking dishevelled to organised by just placing them in a stylish and functional paper tray. The same can be said for your pens and office stationery.
Just look at some of the beautiful desk accessories you could use.
You could even add this storage to your walls to free up space on your desk.
Give your eyes something to focus on when your mind wanders; pick an inspiring quote, a scenic view or a photo of your family to remind you why you work so hard.
It’s easy to get distracted, we are human, we all get distracted, but motivation quotes or photos will help you and spur you on to be more productive.
Keep a diary of appointments, tasks, to-do’s, social and family engagements. Schedule everything either in your phones calendar or keep a paper diary.
This will help you to stay on track with the task at hand.
And make sure you schedule everything from time with the kids to relaxing time for yourself. It is all important and will help remove the ‘parent guilt’ that we all seem to experience when we feel we should be spending more time with our loved ones.
Create an inspiration station in your office; this can be as simple as a cosy chair to relax in to get your creative juices flowing, to take a break with a cuppa and read a book or to brainstorm your next big project.
It’s important for you to have more than one place to sit in your office, sometimes a change can be as refreshing as a break.
Set your boundaries; if you say your working hours are 9-5 or 8-4 or 10-3, whatever hours you set yourself, be strict and stick to them. If you receive an email or call outside of these hours, respect yourself and your business by waiting until your next working day to reply. This will set a president for others to respect your working hours too.
Bring nature into your office; this will have two effects. Being surrounded by nature can be calming and grounding and help you focus but it can also have a physiological benefit of cleansing the air your breath which will increase your attention span and make you feel healthier overall. All of these things will have a positive effect on your productivity.
Remove unnecessary distractions form your desk or computer. Do you really need such easy access to your social media accounts? Are you going on there to ‘scroll’ or for something productive? How often do you realistically need to be on there in a day?
This comes back to respecting your time with scheduling and organising it. Be strict - your time is precious.
Have easy access to different places to store your clutter and don't let clutter build up.
This could be in the form of paper storage bags that will look stylish and have a great function.
Think about outsourcing. This can be a controversial topic, but think about it realistically. What is your time worth? How long does it take you to do the cleaning, washing, ironing, vacuuming or other household tasks? Would it be worth outsourcing these so you can spend that time growing your business and generating more income? Don’t be afraid to explore the answers to these questions.
Keep a pen and paper handy at all times. When you are focusing on one task, if another idea pops into your mind, write it down and then refocus on your original task; writing it down will help to get it out of your mind to free up space to be able to concentrate and be more productive with the task at hand.
Let us know how you stay productive in your home office.
Which top tips did you like the best and which will you be implementing to increase your productivity?
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