Working from home isn’t easy. When you’re responsible for your own schedule, letting life get in the way is almost impossibly effortless; before you know it, you’ve let everyday distractions at home interrupt your perfectly organized schedule. Understanding what is truly diverting your attention from what you need to get done is the first step in becoming a productive individual. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can create a productive space within your own home.
Organize And Inspire
There are around 28 million small businesses in the United States. If you want to keep up with the best of them, you’ve got to treat your workspace as a creative area; this means decorating it with things that inspire you, whether they be plants and succulents, or works of art from your local community. Remember, these trinkets and creations aren’t only for vanity; they’re an effective way to boost creativity and can motivate you to keep doing the work you love.
At the same time, you don’t want clutter to interrupt your flow. Get rid of anything that doesn’t need to be there or that poses a significant, stable distraction (such as extra papers, notes, etc.). Consider donating your unwanted items to a charitable organization. Donated products often get a new life in developing nations where people can purchase used American goods for pennies of their original price. By donating, you can rest easy knowing that your items aren’t sitting in a landfill and you’ll be successfully de-cluttering your space. When your work area is designed for you, yet clear of any obstacles, you’ll be able to get much more work done.
Consider Your Environment
More than one-third of respondents said they would choose a neutral color palette when redecorating their home. If you work from home, this is beneficial advice; a palette comprised of grays, tans, whites, and yellows is exceptionally calming. If you’re constantly struggling with noises and physical stresses, a neutral palette offers an environment that is relaxing, yet it will still match the rest of your home decor. Since many home business-people deal with a frustrating combination of life and work, a neutral palette can meet the two in the middle.
This is going to be the hardest part, no matter what field of work you’re in. Considering the fact that there are over 75 million pet dogs in the U.S. (more than in any other country), odds are you’ve got a pooch of your own. If you don’t have a pet constantly demanding attention, you most likely have a child. Since neither can be ignored for any period of time, establishing boundaries is essential; find a nanny or organize times with your significant other to watch children, or make sure that your pup doesn’t have access to your home office. You may struggle to commit to these rules, but they’re nonetheless essential to succeeding in a work-from-home situation.
Did you know that 72% of businesses say that improving customer experience is their top priority? If you work from home, productivity (and your overall mood) can have a big impact on how clients and customers perceive their experience; only with a streamlined work environment can you guarantee satisfaction — both in your own life and in the interaction you have with your clients.