Working from home is a dream come true for many…Netflix running in the background, the cat relaxing on the windowsill, and a pantry full of snacks. But with so many outside distractions calling for your attention, how can you fully concentrate on work?
One of the keys to enhancing your productivity at home is to set yourself up in the right environment. Creating a productive home office will make it easier for you to spend your day focused and inspired.
Carve Out Your Own Space
Establish your home office in one permanent spot. If you don’t have an actual office, you can create one up in a nook, at an unused table, or even at the end of your kitchen counter. What matters is that you have a set space. As soon as you enter your “office,” it will send a signal to your brain that you are now in work mode. You’ll find it easier to ignore distractions and your productivity will skyrocket.
Gather Your Supplies
What do you need to work productively? Every time you take a break from work and walk away from your home office for another pen or your favorite notebook, you cut into your productivity. So gather your must-have supplies into decorative bins or boxes placed in your office and then leave them there. Stay focused by having everything you need within easy reach.
Drown Out the Noise
It’s next to impossible to concentrate if you are trying to ignore outside sounds. When you choose where to set up your home office, try to find someplace away from the noise. A room with a door that you can shut when you really need quiet time would be ideal.
But if you don’t have an extra room or if there isn’t a truly quiet spot in your home, counter the noise as best as you can. Stream instrumental music or plug in a white-noise machine.
There’s nothing more distracting than shifting your weight and adjusting your position every few minutes. Invest in an ergonomic desk chair. These are designed to make even the longest workdays more comfortable. Your neck and back will thank you for it.
Clear the Clutter
Clutter creates a distraction by reminding you of everything else you could be doing. For maximum productivity when you sit down to work, you need to be able to concentrate exclusively on the task at hand. If your workspace is full of other items that need your attention, you will find it more difficult to focus. Clear the clutter to clear your mind.
Make It Welcoming
Brighten up your home office — and your workday — with some simple decor. Plants and greenery make a space seem fresh and natural. A scent diffuser can energize your room (try peppermint, citrus, lavender, or cinnamon for extra calming and productivity benefits). Pictures or motivational quotes can serve as inspiration throughout the day.
It doesn’t take much to turn your home office into the productive workspace of your dreams. You’ll be so happy working from home that you won’t even miss the Starbucks on your morning commute.