Today, more people than ever are working from home, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. According to Forbes, “68 percent of U.S. workers say that they expect to work remotely in the future."
But in order to be productive in the comfort of your home, you must have an organized office space. Here are some quick and simple tips to help make your home office a model of organization:
Dedicate a Space
One of the drawbacks of working from home is all of the distractions. Other members of your family want your attention. Household chores are never ending. And sometimes the TV, refrigerator, and sofa are just calling your name.
There is no way to eliminate these distractions, but you can minimize them by dedicating a room only for your home office. Make sure you have a few necessities -- a coffee machine, a small refrigerator, and a comfy chair -- to make your work environment comfortable. When you’re in that space, it’s easier to put yourself in the work mindset, and it’s a signal to your family that you shouldn’t be disturbed.
Try these 8 simple steps to avoid distractions in the home office.
Invest in Organization
A home office will typically have a lot of supplies - paper, staples, notepads, pens, books, and manuals. They can easily take over your workspace and lead to clutter and disorganization.
Any office supply retail store has a multitude of office organization products, from baskets and drawer dividers to desk caddies and utensil holders. These are a minimal investment that will pay huge dividends in helping you maintain order.
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Technology has enabled us to work nearly anywhere. But with all of these devices comes a snake pit of cords. Lots of them. Computers, phone chargers, internet routers, printers, not to mention plain old lamps.
Keeping these cords in check can be a challenge, but here are a few tips:
- Invest in a good multi-plug surge protector that enables you to plug several devices into one outlet. This not only helps you keep them organized, but also protects your devices from power surges.
- For cords that stay in place, use twist ties or zip ties to bind them all together, avoiding the tangled rat’s nest of cords that can sometimes form.
- For cords that have to travel with you, such as laptop and phone chargers, get a sturdy nylon pencil pouch to put them in, so they don’t create a tangled mess in your briefcase. For those pesky earbuds, try these DIY organizers!
If your home office is cluttered and disorganized it can be difficult to be productive at home. The distractions that are part of working at home will become more pronounced.
When your home office is neat and organized, it creates a space that promotes creativity and nurtures productivity.
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