How To Make Your Home Office A More Productive Space

The numerous temptations and distractions a home office presents are likely to have caused you some difficulty, whether you occasionally telecommute or run a business out of your house. Working from home has advantages, of course, like shorter commutes, making lunch at home, cost savings on petrol and meals, and the convenience of working in your pyjamas.

Make Your Home Office A More Productive Space

Distractions might exist, though. Dog wants to go out. Laundry needs to be done. Your time is split between getting things done and attempting to avoid interruptions because your kids, significant other, or neighbours don’t fully understand that working from home is still work. 

Put Your Office in a Productive Mode 

Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have a huge office with strong oak doors impenetrable to the outside world, a huge desk that looks out over a peaceful pond, or even a stand of weeping willow trees that are only disturbed by the deer playing around the trunks… 

Okay, so most people aren’t going to experience that, but you can still plan your home office to maximise efficiency. If possible, stay away from busy areas and seek a calm part of the home. Paint the room in a calming hue you like (green is supposed to be great for productivity). If you don’t like the feeling of working in a cave, make sure your space has a window. If you can, place plants or a small fountain outside that window to offer yourself something relaxing to look at. Make sure you have adequate room to access whatever you need to do your work readily.

Keep Distractions At Bay 

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You’ll occasionally need to take a mental break. Choose your weapon—it may be a book, a smartphone game app, your favourite instrument, etc. Keep it near at hand so you can treat yourself to quick breaks, but tuck it away. You don’t want to be tempted all the time and end up daydreaming about it rather than working. 

Get Comfortable 

But not so cosy that you spend more time sleeping than working. However, it is very difficult to be a focused, productive person if you are continually scratching your sore back or straining to see your computer screen.

Make sure you’re sitting at your desk in an ergonomically sound position by investing in a suitable office chair. Try a standing desk in the corner of the room if you find sitting for extended periods uncomfortable. They are not something I especially appreciate, but other people swear by them. 

An anti-glare computer screen, for example, can significantly increase your comfort level and free up your attention so you can concentrate on finishing your task. 

Spend money on inexpensive exercise gear

Pick up resistance bands, tiny weights, or even a portable stepper or treadmill, and keep it near your desk. You may shift gears, refocus, and re-energise as needed throughout the day by taking quick breaks to exercise. Not to mention, it is simply healthy for you.

Regularly and ruthlessly declutter 

In-home offices, items tend to accumulate, especially if you have children. Make it a practice to clear your home office of stacks of papers, unfinished novels, coffee mugs, trinkets, and anything else that is taking up space but doing nothing. The impulse to use that area as storage should be resisted. You should also fend off anyone else in your home who might consider using that spotless area of floor as a place to store boxes of old clothing and books that are too sluggish to move to the basement. Being surrounded by clutter prevents you from working from home with a clear, concentrated attitude.

Take eye rests

You’d be astonished at how big of a difference something this small can make! Make a sincere effort here and see how it goes for you because it’s difficult to remember to do it frequently. The 20-20-20 rule can be used to lessen eye strain. Stop staring at your screen once every 20 minutes. Hold your gaze for 20 seconds at a distance of 20 yards. Your ears will be grateful. 

Work Purposefully 

Make a list of the things you must accomplish daily, and then really do them. Make sure you have access to everything you need to do your task, whether in your workplace or online. As you go, check items off the list.

Dress professionally

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Taking the stairs in your boxers and t-shirt, grabbing a cup of coffee, and then going directly to the computer is a horrible habit. Sure, you can take a shower afterwards. Next break, perhaps… Not at all. Every day, make it a point to force yourself to get up and prepare for a typical workday. When you suddenly need to get ready for a video call or leave the house, you’ll become disoriented, lose the sense of time, and panic. Additionally, there’s something about looking at the part that gives you a professional vibe and makes you feel ready to attack your work in the most efficient manner possible.

Get Hard on People Who Distract You 

Even when you gently remind them, there may be certain individuals in your life who simply don’t understand that working from home still counts as working. Teach yourself to gently but firmly detach when a chatty neighbour, a friend who frequently drops by, or your mother-in-law calls nonstop. It’s that simple: don’t answer the phone or the door. No need to apologise for being unavailable for anything other than a genuine five-alarm emergency once you’ve let folks know your working hours and that you won’t be available. Nobody will define your boundaries for you if you don’t.

Customise Things Around You

Small things will make it a nicer and happier place to work, whether a picture of your kids, a small ornament or customising things on your mac like font using https://setapp.com/how-to/how-to-add-fonts-word-mac.

17 Comments

  • Beth

    September 12, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Ruthless decluttering is the big takeaway for me with this post. I have FAR too much stuff floating around my office. I always think I’ll need it, and I never do.

    1. Sabina Green

      September 13, 2022 at 10:01 am

      Guilty as charged here also, not just the office but the whole house. I had decided this was the year to really declutter but it’s September already . . .

  • Lisa

    September 12, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    These are timely tips as I’m changing my home office. Having exercise gear is a good one, I will make that change right now to get fitter.

    1. Sabina Green

      September 13, 2022 at 10:01 am

      Good luck, I hope you end up with a home office you are happy with 🙂

  • Laura

    September 13, 2022 at 3:58 am

    I have worked from home for 11 years and then we added in homeschooling 4 years ago! Once we figured out our boundaries we found our groove.

    1. Sabina Green

      September 13, 2022 at 10:02 am

      It takes time doesn’t it, just making little tweaks here and there as you figure out what works and what doesn’t.

  • Kitchen Mosaic Backsplash

    September 13, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    I love what you said about dressing professionally. That is exactly what I do, it makes me focus on work a lot more.

    1. Sabina Green

      September 23, 2022 at 5:42 pm

      It definitely makes a difference I feel.

  • Marysa

    September 14, 2022 at 1:48 am

    I definitely need to reduce distractions in my workspace. There are so many interruptions as it is!

    1. Sabina Green

      September 23, 2022 at 5:42 pm

      I find I have to have a clear out periodically as things tend to migrate to my work area over time.

  • Jasmine Martin

    September 14, 2022 at 3:15 am

    These tips are so important because if you don’t make your office a productive space, you may get distracted and may not be able to get anything done. Thank you so much for this!

    1. Sabina Green

      September 23, 2022 at 5:43 pm

      So pleased you found the tips useful.

  • Yeah Lifestyle.

    September 14, 2022 at 8:36 am

    I work from home, actually both my husband and I do. So these are great tips for us. De-cluttering is something I need to do more as well as taking more time to exercise

    1. Sabina Green

      September 23, 2022 at 5:44 pm

      Yes the exercise, is something I intend to improve on. I am more productive if I take an active lunch hour!

  • Khushboo

    September 14, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    These are some helpful tips. I need to start decluttering stuff. its all messed up I need to clear it.

  • Rose

    September 14, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    Yes to the eye rests! It makes such a big difference. Getting up and walking outside for breaks helps my home office space to be more productive too. Sometimes I just need to get up and get some fresh air. what better time than when taking an eye break.

    1. Sabina Green

      September 23, 2022 at 5:45 pm

      I used to love going for a walk in my lunch hour, I should start doing it again.

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