10 Tips for Home Office Setup to Maximize Productivity

Just two years ago, it would have been a leap to envision how many people would be working from home just a few short months later. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided us with the ultimate testing ground for working from home. It has also required people to come up with a home office setup that enables them to be productive each and every day.

 

 

With this in mind, here are 10 tips and tricks to creating a home office setup that will allow you get the most out of your workday—and keep your boss happy.

 

 

1. Have a Dedicated Home Office Space

The first step in being productive in your home office is to actually have a home office. Sitting at your dining table or on your sofa day in and day out is no way to ensure maximum productivity. Instead, you need a dedicated space that is used only as your office space. The ideal office setup is to have a completely separate room, if you have flex space you want to enhance. If you can’t do that, then having a separate area of a room in your home, one with minimal traffic during work hours, is the next best thing.

 

 

2. Ensure Your Office Setup is Comfortable

You need a good office setup. Period. You need a desk, a comfortable chair, and an ergonomic setup that will ensure you don’t injure yourself. You want to be comfortable, because that is how you will be functional. Just make sure you’re not so comfortable that you become too relaxed. You want your home office setup to be a professional environment, and that comes with a certain level of alertness and focus.

 

 

3. Make Sure You Have Good Lighting

Lighting is so important when you want to be productive. The best way to have good lighting is to make sure your home office setup includes a source of natural light. If you can put your desk near a window, whether you have a separate room for your office or just a space in a room, that is ideal.

 

If not, or if you sometimes work after the sun goes down (or before it comes up), then you will also need good overhead lighting and a good desk lamp. Just be sure to make this cool, white lighting so that it mimics natural light as much as possible.

 

 

4. Have All the Right Apps and Technology

You can’t be productive if you don’t have the right technology. Make sure you have the hardware, software, and applications you need to get your work done and communicate with your team and clients. If you work for a company, chances are, they will set you up with everything you need to communicate and collaborate, hold meetings, manage tasks, and access the resources you need. 

 

 

5. Keep Your Home Office Organized

You can have the best home office setup, but if it’s a mess, it can impede your productivity. You want to be sure you have a place for everything and that everything is in its place. This means having shelves, baskets, and a filing system, or anything else you need to keep your workspace organized. The goal here is to keep things neat, tidy, and easily accessible, which for most people significantly reduces stress levels and makes it easier to function.

 

6. Stay on Task

You need to stay on task when at work. Take the time each morning to plan your day and use some sort of organizer, or at the very least a to-do list, and mark items off as you complete them. This will help keep you motivated throughout the day.

 

 

7. Take Breaks

If you were working at the office, you would be taking scheduled breaks, and you should be doing the same thing when working from home. Have beverages and snacks available. Go out for a short walk during your breaks. And avoid doing housework during your break. Take the time to take care of yourself.

 

Remember that this also means taking the time to rest your eyes. You don’t even have to take a proper break to do this. Simply follow the 20-20-20 rule. This means that every 20 minutes you need to look at something 20 yards away for 20 seconds. This might not seem like much, but it makes a huge difference when trying to avoid eye strain.

 

 

8. Avoid Distractions

Working at home can come with a lot of distractions. Family members may be at home. Friends may stop by. The dog might want out for a walk. It is vitally important to your productivity that you set boundaries with these people and only take your dog our on your breaks. You should also set boundaries with yourself, making sure you don’t surf the net or take in a Netflix show when you should be working.

 

 

This also goes for the cleanliness of your home. If you have a pile of dirty dishes in the sink and laundry that needs folding, you may be less able to focus on the work you need to do. But if your home is clean and well organized, you can put your focus where it belongs.

 

9. Dress the Part

Part of working at the office is showing up in professional attire. While you don’t need a suit and tie or a professional pantsuit, you should also not spend your workday in your pajamas. Dress in workplace casual and you will feel the part, which in turn will help you be more productive because it helps you separate work time from home time.

 

 

10. Decorate for Inspiration

Make sure you enjoy the décor and colors in your office. Make it your own. When you are comfortable in your environment, you will be more productive. This includes simple DIY décor ideas, such as having artwork, plants, and even some aromatherapy to make your office a pleasant and inspirational place to be.

 

 

Book a discovery call with one of our Centex team members today to learn about how you can find a resale or new construction home with better home office space.

 

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Published 03.XX.22

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