10 Tips for a more productive home office environment
1. Write Goals Down
With no boss to make you meet deadlines, you have to do it yourself. Writing goals down, perhaps on a whiteboard on the wall, can help keep you on-track and motivated.
2. Get up early
Set a time to get up each day and stick to it. It’s easy procrastinate the day away!
3. Turn off the phone and social networking messaging when your trying to get things done
Being contactable is important, but so is completing work in a timely way. It can be hard to complete work if you are constantly being interrupted. Remove distractions by turning your phone onto silent, and being ‘unavailable’ for a set period of time to enable you complete your work.
4. Exercise regularly
We all know that we should exercise, but it can be hard to find the time. Consider having ‘walking meetings’, or brain-storming ideas while exercising and talking into a note-taking app. Alternatively, have a think about ways you can exercise while sitting at your desk. Exercise can give you energy and motivation for the rest of the day, and studies have shown that we can be more effective and creative when our bodies are moving.
5. Tidy the office
A weekly clean-up will make you feel better, and more ‘in control’ of your business. It can really make a difference with organising your workload and help you be more efficient (less time looking for that document you saw ‘just the other day!’)
6. Put on some music
It doesn’t work for everyone, but if it works for you, do it! Music can help keep your energy up, and drown out distractions.
7. Maintain a daily schedule
You don’t have to follow the usual office rules, but a daily routine makes sure you get things done and can help reduce procrastination.
8. Tackle the hard jobs first
Most people do their best work when they are fresh. Getting the hard or unpleasant jobs out of the way first when your energy is high, will help the rest of the day flow.
Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean that you should. Know what you are good at, and focus on that. Outsourcing dull or difficult task may not cost as much as you think and can help you work more efficiently at the tasks that you do well. Benchmark Business Works can help you with your bookkeeping and many more business tasks. Contact us for a chat about how we can help you do better business!
10. Close the door
Let other people in the home know when you are, and are not available to be disturbed. Just because you work from home, doesn’t mean that you aren’t working, and its important that members of your house understand that. A closed door can be the simplest way to communicate that, and help you avoid distractions.