A new year is upon us and that means another chance to have a very productive year. If you’re someone who does work from home, whether it be as a freelancer, as you’re working towards a degree, for your job or something else, a home office is a great help towards getting things done. However, not all home offices are created equal. Here are some tips you can use to set up your home office in a way that will allow you to get more done this year.
Remove as Much Clutter as You Can
First, you should work on removing as much clutter as you can. When you go to sit down to work, you don’t want your mind focusing on how much cleaning you need to do within that very room. Clutter is distracting and it can make it hard to find the things you need to do your work. Spend a few hours going through everything in your office and getting rid of anything you don’t need. Either throw it away or simply find another place to store it. You’d be surprised at how much better you’ll feel after just cleaning off your desk.
Once you’ve gotten rid of the things you don’t need, it’s time to organize the stuff you do. Grab yourself some storage containers and start sorting things out. Maybe you have a large assortment of papers that would be perfect for a filing cabinet. Or maybe you have a bunch of materials and supplies that would fit well into a storage tub. Create an organizational system for your office that will allow everything to have its own proper place. After setting up this system, be sure you remember to stick to it, otherwise, you’ll just find yourself back at the beginning again in a couple of weeks.
Improve the Technology
Technology can be a big boost for getting things done when used properly. In your home office, there are a few tech upgrades you should consider making to improve your productivity. For starters, you should look for ways to improve the speed of both your computer and your internet. This could involve upgrading the hardware or switching to another internet provider. When you get into a good work groove, you don’t want a slow computer or choppy internet speeds slowing you down, so upgrade where you can now.
Other than that, look for other pieces of tech that can improve your productivity. For example, home voice assistants are great for scheduling tasks or giving you reminders. You can also get a nice speaker system if you like to listen to music while you work, or add a second monitor to your computer so you have a larger digital workspace.
Add Some Motivation
A great thing you can do for your home office is adding a bit of motivation throughout. For example, let’s say you’re working a second job online to save up for a vacation. Printing out some pictures from your desired destination and hanging them on the wall in front of you would be a great motivation as you work. Or perhaps you’re working towards your degree, in which case you could get yourself a fake diploma and hang it on the wall, to remind you of what you’re working towards.
If you don’t have a specific goal in mind, then consider printing out some motivational quotes or posters. Hang up whatever it is that will help you to get going on Monday morning when you’d rather slack off.
Make It Private
Finally, while having a home office provides a lot of advantages, it’s also easy to get distracted. This is especially true if other people will be at home while you work. The best thing you can do is make your office as private and secluded as possible. Get rid of any distractions, like a television, and shut the door each morning. Let everyone in the house know what hours you’ll be working, and that you shouldn’t be disturbed whenever possible. Treat your home office just like you would a regular office by making it more private and you’ll find that you get a lot more done.
Create a Space for Success
Now is the perfect time to perform some work on your home office and get it ready for the year ahead. With just a few simple changes you can turn this spot into a hub of productivity and get more done than you ever dreamed. Hopefully, these few tips are able to help you and you’ll have a productive 2020. Good luck!