Creating A Home Office You Can Be Productive In
There are lots of reasons to work from home: it’s cheaper, it’s more energy efficient and if you want and don’t have to meet any clients or do any video conferencing you can work in your pyjamas. At the same time, working from home can be incredibly distracting, particularly if you don’t have the right home office setup. Here are some tips to help you make sure that your home office is actually conducive to your productivity.
1. Set Up a Dedicated Space
For many people their home offices are in rooms that are shared with the rest of the family or a bunch of roommates. Lots of startups convert dining room space or corners of the living room to be offices for their projects. The problem here is that it leaves you open to be sucked in to whatever else is happening at home. Do everything you can to find a separated space that you can use to be just your office. If you have a guest room, convert it. If you don’t have a spare room, set aside space in your attic or basement or garage. If you can’t do any of those things, set the office up in a corner of your bedroom. The goal is to put it somewhere with a door that can be closed.
2. Get the Right Equipment
Obviously you know that you are going to need to have the right computer system for your projects (hint: Macs are better if your work is going to be graphic or media intense). You know that you need a good space in which to do your filing. You know that you need a printer, a fax machine, a scanner, etc. You need a desk that you feel comfortable working at. It is also important that you have a comfortable and ergonomic desk chair in which to sit. As a startup you probably don’t have a lot of extra funds. A good way to get what you need and to save money is to search for the best computers, software, equipment, furniture and the best ergonomic chair online.
3. Eliminate Distractions
One of the most common pieces of advice is to set your space up to be as quiet as possible. You are going to be told over and over to avoid the radio, the television set, etc. The truth is, though, that for some people having music or even a television set on can enhance productivity. You know what kind of environment suits you best. Set your office up to reflect that. If you work better with a television on in the background, make sure your office has a TV in it. If you are distracted by background noise, consider soundproofing the office to cut down on even ambient noise that happens in the rest of the house.
There are lots of tips and tricks to setting up a home office that will help you be as productive as possible. Remember that there is no template for this. Your productivity depends on your personal proclivities. Set your space up so that it coddles you and encourages you to stay focused on your work. Add that to making sure that you have the right equipment on hand and there isn’t any reason you shouldn’t get your to-do list done every single day.