Sandwiches eager to be eaten right now, today’s newspaper or the latest news from our favourite social media: these are well-known distractions for many of us. Fortunately, there are a number of well-functioning lures that can help keep your productivity high in your home office.
Set a specific working time
Set the exact time when you are dealing with work, and stick to your time frame as long as necessary. Have your week work planned ahead will also help you discipline yourself and ensure a more productive day.
Put on work clothes
Wearing work clothes in a home office may sound unnecessary; who would even see you to care? Although wearing pyjamas in the evening or on Sunday mornings is comfortable, we must strongly advise you against that, as sitting at your desk in them will leave you in a semi-resting pool that won’t help your day’s tasks.
This being said, don’t feel like we recommend you to wear a suit (especially if you never wear any at your regular workplace). However, putting on proper daily clothes will bribe trick your brain and trigger a subconscious command to turn itself into a working wave. Also, and as some studies show (here or here), properly chosen clothing has a phenomenal ability to raise our confidence and energy level. Let it be known and learned!
As for workshop workers, we trust you have your own gear and won’t even dare telling you what to wear for manual work ?
Remove the stirrers
Avoid all possible sabotage in your home-office, by getting rid of every device that can come in the way of concentration.
Radio: prefer to mute it; low volume depending on the type of tasks you’re onto.
Tablet: do you really need it?
Fridge: why should I deal with another email if I could make some delicious sandwiches at the same time?
Procrastination: will postpone what you woke up for this morning.
Distraction: out together with the lot above.
Make a home office in one room
The home office should remain one spot and one spot only. Working in turns on the sofa-kitchen-bed-office table is varied, but at one point, work and private life are so confused that even in times of leisure, work thoughts will ruin your free time. So dedicate this one place only to process your tasks, and none others.
Actually, and if possible, allocate the whole room for the office. A special office space is a great solution for focusing your thoughts. It is always on standby and the work can be continued peacefully from where it was left off. Switching from work to home/outdoor activities will then be a lot easier and nicer.
Take the office space out of the house at all
If you live in your own house and have room in the garden, you can get a little extra house there and at a very reasonable price. The small additional building is perfect for a mini office, and will free useful space in your main home. Should you prefer to use it differently, it can always help you with storing garden items, or the cartons of the grown-up students that don’t fit their dorm.
Truth be told, nowadays yard does not only fulfil the function of a shed, garage, nor even an office – but also that of accommodation which, once equipped, can be rented out on Airbnb.
Change your working (and break) methods
A home office doesn’t mean always sitting in front of a computer, nor bending over a drilling machine. It’s quite the opposite! A home office offers you the opportunity to actually go out at breaks. There you go for a stroll, even work out or chat with friends on the phone about plans next weekend. As true as breaks are healthy to your mind and body, they are likely to bring you the missing inspiration. Only difference with your regular job is that you get to clear your head among a green scenery. With anything you might need within a grasp of the hand.
Also, and depending on the nature of your work, thinking about writing on paper with pencils, browsing books / magazines, or simply collecting thoughts while sitting at the table can also be a way of thinking. Home office is a flexible environment – smartly use its advantages.
To conclude, a productive day in the home office depends on the right rules and discipline. The creation of a special working environment contributes to one’s efficiency. But it can be a little different for every person: some will find what they need with a traditional desk and environment, while the others will fuel their energy from being close or surrounded by nature.
What techniques should you start with? Experiment! You will recognise the right choice when it’ll fill your soul with a sense of success.