One of the toughest things about working from home is being able to concentrate. Whether you have a family running around crazy or you live by yourself, it can be difficult to focus on the task at hand unless you have a great work environment.
This article will show you how to setup a home office. It will take a little time to arrange everything, but it will be worth it in the end!
Step 1: Find the Perfect Room
Understandably, this may not be much of an option for you. If you don’t have any extra rooms in your home and have to do most of your work from the kitchen table, move on!
But if you do have an extra room, try to get the most isolated, quiet room possible. This will help keep out any noise from your family, neighbors, etc. so you can get work done.
Step 2: Clear it Out
Have you ever heard that a cluttered room leads to a cluttered mind? That’s because our environment has a much larger effect on us than we tend to realize.
The best thing you can do is to remove anything in the room that can contribute to clutter. This depends on your personality though. If you like having a bookshelf stacked full of books, that’s fine. But if you tend to pull out a book and leave it laying on the floor or your desk when you’re done, that’s not good.
The worst offenders are typically sheets of paper and food dishes/wrappers. Get them out and keep them out!
Finally, get as many office supplies as you can out of there.
That’s right- staplers, pens, pencils, tape, scissors- the works. The next step will explain why.
Step 3: Simplify
Similar to uncluttering the room, you want your operation to be as simple as possible. Many people that work from home say that their most productive setup is a very simple desk or table that doesn’t have drawers and their laptop.
And when you think about it, that’s all you really need, right? Unless your job requires you to constantly use pens, rulers, etc. then there’s really no need to keep that stuff around.
Step 4: Get Comfy
Besides your desk, the most important thing in your office is your chair.
This can be any kind of chair you want, as long as you’re comfortable! So if you like a stiff, wooden kitchen chair- have at it. If you want to work in a huge executive office chair, that’s fine too.
Just keep in mind that you’re going to be spending a lot of time in this thing! It’s generally best to try a few chairs before you make a purchase, and spending the money on a high quality chair is one of the best investments you can make.
Step 5: Do the Work
It’s tempting for some people to do other things in their office. Read a good book, watch a little TV, etc.
The problem is that if you do other things besides work in your office, you will start to associate that room with those other activities. That will lead to less productivity, because your brain will always be torn towards those other things.
Use your office for one thing only- WORK! Even if that means sacrificing a good reading room, your wallet will thank you for it!