With the rise in technology and flexible working hours, business owners, IT specialists and entrepreneurs are increasingly seeing the benefits of working from home. From cutting back on travel expenses to removing the need for a strict dress code, there are a number of advantages to working from the comfort of your own home.
However, going solo can often result in a lack of motivation, as complacency begins to creep in and the temptation to work less efficiently takes over. In order to keep productivity levels at their peak and ensure maximum output, today’s post by Novell Coffee is breaking down a number of ways your office design can help keep you focused when working remotely.
Allow yourself the space you need
Tendencies for selecting the smallest room in the house can be tempting but be careful to choose a room that has adequate space to achieve excellence all year round. Whether you're upgrading to two monitors, replacing a desk or fitting new filing cabinets, make sure you have a room that’s suited to your needs and won’t leave you feeling cramped. The busy periods will come thick and fast, so reduce stress levels with an organised and spatial working environment that’s equipped for your needs.
Inject some personality
Who says your office has to be boring? Working from home affords you the chance to be artistic and innovative with your surroundings. Whether it’s a comforting rug, exotic plants or a stylish desk lamp, choose accessories that are both practical and stylish to help you create a space you’ll love to spend time in. This is the room in which you’ll spend most of your day, so a splash of paint or set of new curtains will be a small price to pay when it comes to creating a functional office space.
Try out some tech
If you operate on a computer, certain management software can massively improve timekeeping - especially when working from home and striving to stay focused. Innovative programs like Trello and Toggl are effective time-saving applications that will allow you to plan your days, weeks and months ahead - while making collaboration with clients easier and also keeping track of time spends. Accurate planning is critical for any functioning business, so don't allow yourself to fall behind due to poor management skills.
Staying topped up with refreshments is one way to ensure you stay productive throughout the working day - and whether this means investing a coffee machine for your office or just keeping the fridge stocked with snacks, you’ll need this fuel to keep your mind on the job at hand. In order to keep your mind focused, water will be crucial too - so allow yourself regular breaks away from the computer to top up your glass and stay hydrated.
While you don’t want to be falling asleep at your desk, comfort is key if you’re going to be delivering your best work. Create a comfortable and relaxed area in the office by adding some supportive chairs or beanbags - as these will be perfect for both keeping you focused at your desk and helping you unwind during your coffee breaks. If you're tight for space, then simply take a few minutes to yourself away from the office space to give your eyes and mind a break from the computer screen.
When handled responsibly, working from home comes with any number of benefits - and by keeping these simple tips in mind, you can create a space where you love to spend time and, in turn, see your productivity levels soar.