As the pandemic continues, more and more people are finding themselves working from home. Unfortunately, many of home’s activities – TV, children playing, dogs barking, etc. – aren’t conducive to productivity, making it difficult for some people to properly do their jobs from home.
If you’ve been working from home and this sounds familiar, you’re in luck! The information below will help you create a more dedicated, inspiring workspace that not only looks great but will help you be more motivated to get your work done. Even if you don’t have a separate room to call your home office, these tips will help you create a more productive space, even in the kitchen!
First Thing’s First – Commit to the Space
Many of us just don’t have an extra room to call a home office, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have one just the same. The key is to choose a spot for work and make sure it feels like a dedicated work area. This means getting a comfortable chair, having a tech-friendly setup that lets you easily conduct your duties, and ensuring a clutter-free desk and surrounding area so you can work and be on video calls without distraction.
Get Rid of the Clutter
This may sound unimportant, but excess clutter and unnecessary items in and around your workspace can cause you to be less productive. To truly make your home office feel more like a dedicated workspace, get rid of unnecessary clutter and items that don’t belong. Decluttering your space may take some time, but you’ll feel great once it’s finished and you’ll notice an increase in your motivation to get things done, too.
Are you staring at a blank wall when you work? If so, use that space to create an inspiration board of sorts to help keep you positive and motivated. Fill it with things you like to look at or goals you want to achieve. Pictures of your favorite people or pets, that vacation you’ll be taking once the pandemic is over – whatever inspires and motivates you.
Of course, you can also add your to-dos and reminders to this wall, but don’t go overboard with them as you want this area to be an inspiration to you rather than stress you out.
Think About Your Background
If you regularly participate in video calls, consider what the other callers are seeing behind and around you. Are they seeing piles of clean laundry that need folding or the empty wine glasses you haven’t taken to the kitchen yet?
Your coworkers and clients may be aware that you’re working from home, but it doesn’t have to look like it. Get rid of the clutter, add some artwork or something interesting to look at, and don’t be afraid to show off some of your favorite things, if you want.