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So, you’re now working from home. Congrats, working from home can be both rewarding and frustrating. My best piece of advice to you if you haven’t already figured this out is to make sure your home office is setting you up for success.
When you work from home, you are going to be faced with far more distractions than if you worked in an office. Even if you live alone, you’ll find people will interrupt you more because they know you’re at home!
You need an office space that will allow you to focus on your job. I mean, if you can’t do your job, you’re not getting paid, right? In order to have a “successful” office, it needs to keep you productive and organized.
So with that in mind, here’s what you need to make the most of your office space and maximize your productivity and profits.
A Desk or Workspace
Your desk doesn’t have to be a desk. For example, I use the dining room table because it rarely gets used in my house so I can leave things set up for the most part. It’s okay if you just don’t have the budget for the perfect workspace. Focus on figuring out how to make your existing situation work in the interim until you start making money.
I recommend you do pick a desk or a makeshift desk like a table because it’s going to help with your posture and focus. Sitting for long periods on the couch in front of the television, even with your laptop, is not going to amount to a lot of productivity.
Make sure your chair is comfortable, too. You’re going to be spending some time sitting in it!
My recommendation is if you only have a little money to spend, invest in a chair. You need a chair that’s comfortable for long periods of sitting. Most experts recommend finding a chair that can be substantially adjusted (as in not just height, but armrests, rotation, etc.).
Walls, Wall Art & Other Decor
In order to be productive, you need to be comfortable. The quickest way to do that: surround yourself with your favorite color!
However, if painting just isn’t in your budget, you can always add pops of your color into the decor, such as a pillow, curtains, or art and other decor.
Another sweet tip is to find an inexpensive picture frame you like and use a photo editing software program, such as Canva, to create a cool inspirational saying put into the frame.
I always try to find an office space with lots of natural light. It saves your eyes from strain if you have a well-lit work area. Adequate light may also help prevent headaches, so definitely spend some time making sure your workspace has enough light.
No matter your situation, you can check out lighting tips from The Spruce and find some ways to illuminate your workspace.
It’s all about the Tech
You will also want to consider where you want things like power cords, mainly for ease of access. Freelancers are tied to their computers, so you’re going to want easy access to a power cord if you’re like me and on your laptop for much of your workday.
Another slick tip is to staple or secure your cords to your desk, so they’re organized and out of your way. You can also use washi tape to label each cord so you can tell at a glance what cord belongs to what!
Don’t Forget the Scent!
Did you know scent can greatly impact your productivity? It makes sense when you think about it. Have you ever been in a place where the smell was completely off?
If you have a favorite scent, I would start with that. However, if you aren’t sure, try softer scents like vanilla or jasmine. Peppermint is helpful for boosting focus and concentration for many people, too.
Once you have your office set up, it’s time to get it organized. Organizing tools and tactics can be easy to make, despite what the glossy magazines tell you to buy. Most of the products you’d need can be found at places like the Dollar Store.
- Calendar – I love having what I call a tactile calendar. I’m totally in love with this Acrylic DIY project from The House of Wood. I recommend a wall calendar because you can tell at a glance how busy your month is and it’s always visible.
- File Cabinets – they don’t have to be boring and plain-looking. I recommend checking out second-hand stores and places like Liquidation World for a good price on a file cabinet. Once you find one, it’s time to make it work for you. I found a really interesting tutorial from Design Improvised to turn a plain old file cabinet into a chalkboard one!
- Wall cabinets – with limited space, don’t hesitate to put storage onto the walls. Even shelves can take some of the office clutter off your desk and floors and still be easily accessible.
- Drawer organizers – Never underestimate how simply partitioning a desk drawer can help with organization! I love opening a drawer and being able to see exactly what is in there.
It’s important to get your home office done up right, setting yourself up for all the success you deserve as you embark on this journey. An office where you’re comfortable and organized will assist greatly in motivating you to get your work done. Remember, you aren’t getting paid if you aren’t completing the work, so make sure you set yourself up to be able to complete that task!
You may need to scour some flea markets or second-hand stores for things, but you can create a productive and organized home office without breaking your bank account. That way you can focus on making money instead of spending it!
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