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Setting Up Your Home Office | #workingfromhome

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How do you create a space at home that ensures a productive atmosphere where you won’t get interrupted?

We have put together a few tips to help you transform whatever space you have into a functional, inspiring, and stress-reducing home haven, where you can get some serious work done.

Set Boundaries

Setting boundaries helps establish the margin between work and home. Try to keep your personal life separate from your work life. If you are working whilst slumped on the sofa or lying in bed, how productive do you feel? By setting clear boundaries you can retain the professional and productive feelings you would get in a more traditional workspace.

Create a Routine

A huge part of setting those boundaries is getting into a routine, just like you would when waking up, getting ready, commuting and settling in at work. Stick to your usual working hours, that way you are sticking to a familiar routine.

You also want to plan out your week, write to-do lists so you have a clear sense of what needs doing, and get started on those tasks immediately. Planning out your time is a great stress reliever and gives your working days and week structure. You can download a free weekly planner from clementinecreative here.

Make the Most of What You Have Got

If your space is small, make the most of what you have. A cluttered space can be off-putting and lead to unproductivity.

While we all have our own ways of working, organisation is key. Make the most of your space by storing your paperwork into file dividers, folders or drawers. Not only will this avoid any cluttered mess, but will also stop you from frantically searching for that one document for 10 minutes.

Lighting

Good lighting is essential. Ideally you want to set up your home work space with plenty of light. Natural light has proven to improve productivity and concentration, and can even impact on your physical and mental wellbeing. Natural light can also reduce eye strain and headaches allowing you to be more productive on a day – to – day basis and healthier in the long term.

If a window isn’t an option, there are alternatives. There are many lamps that can mimic daylight – that way you can enjoy the benefits of natural daylight even though you are ‘faking it’.

To avoid glare, don’t place any overhead lighting directly above your computer screen and avoid putting your computer screen directly in front of a light source as this can cause eye strain.

Keep Track of the Time

When working from home, it is easy to lose track of time. Before you know it, you have worked 13 hours for the 3rd day in a row. Try to have some way of tracking the time in your home office. Whether you choose to hang a clock on the wall or set an alarm, it will encourage you to break up your working day effectively, along with helping you to maintain routine working hours. Even though your work is at home there still comes a time where you have to call it a day!

Designate a Space

Setting up the right space to work can make all the difference. It is where you will be spending the majority of your working day. Choose a location that best suits your working style, you want to make sure that you are going to be productive.

Keep in mind the style and nature of your work and those you live with. Ideally your office should be in a quiet area with some privacy, this is especially important if you share your home with a spouse, children, siblings or roommates.

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