If you’re reading this article, then, like me, you’ve probably asked yourself over and over, what can I do to be more productive? At the end of the article, you’ll find a list of resources to help you channel your focus in today’s busy and overly cluttered digital world, but today I want to focus on something that many of us struggle with: how to organize your home office.
Here are 10 ways to organize your home office for great focus:
1. Declutter your space
Declutter and maintain. Do this over and over until it becomes a habit! Spend some time going through the things currently on your desk and in your office. Throw away, recycle or donate what you don’t need, and use a desk organizer to house the necessities.
I love the Jerry and Maggie Desktop Organizer. I can style it my way, and it helps to keep my ingoing and outgoing tasks well organized!
2. Rearrange your desk to suit your natural flow
If you’re spending a lot of time looking around for items on your desk that aren’t within reach, you’re breaking your focus. Once or twice is fine, but these little moments add up through the day.
Ensure that your desk caters to your working habits. If you naturally reach right to look for a pen – keep your stationery to the right.
This beast of a home office desk has helped me organize my immediate working space to a tee.
If you are limited on space, the Noblewell Computer desk is ideal for smaller office spaces and still does the trick.
3. Use dedicated files or journals for each client
I’ve found it extremely useful to have a notebook on hand per client in which I compile all necessary notes relevant to that client. This little trick has saved me so many hours in a month spent looking for information.
4. Invest in a great office chair
One of the first things we compromise on is seating arrangements. Any chair will do when you need to get to work, but did you know that incorrect posture that leads to lowered blood and oxygen flow in the body contributes to slower cognitive function?
Additionally, you can opt for a comfortable ergonomic chair that will support your posture and back throughout the day. Better still, invest in an orthopedic kneeling chair! To learn more, read the Dragonn Ergonomic Kneeling Chair Review.
5. Invest in the right equipment
Don’t underestimate the potential that the right equipment has to help you keep a steady work pace.
- A wifi booster can cut out the time spent waiting on internet load speeds
- A good desktop/laptop with enough speed and memory will reduce time waiting on software to initiate or function well
What works well here is to make a list of the items you need. Research these items to see what you can do to increase functionality. You’ll save yourself hours spent on low-functioning equipment as well as a world of frustration.
Find other computer devices for home office at Fascinating Home – Home Office Reviews.
6. Balance your interior with a bit of green
Studies suggest that plants can make us feel better about our surroundings, and they reduce stress! Stress leads to a decrease in productivity! Not only do indoor plants add a bit of joy to your space they have incredible health benefits too.
7. Decorate and enhance your space
Your space should inspire and motivate you. Use a vision board to incorporate your goals creatively into your home office decor. I love the versatility of the Hexagon Self Adhesive Cork Boards and use them in my working space. I can style them as I go, and as my vision grows, my vision board grows too!
8. Choose a color palette that works for you
It’s no secret that color plays a role in our daily lives. Color psychology has long been used in interior design to create spaces that inspire, motivate, and relax. Choose a color palette for your home office that you know will help you feel at your best!
9. Use storage to your advantage
Consider your space and how you can enhance it with storage. Floating shelves are always a good option for a minimal look, but if you’re like me, a few floating shelves just won’t cut it. Another option is a stand-alone cabinet that fits in with your home office design and keeps things neat.
10. Take a productive and meaningful break
Working from home has its challenges. Many people report feeling the weight of the home responsibilities still hovering over them when they work from home.
The average person focusses in bursts of attention. Use a 60-minute cycle broken into 45 minutes focus time and 15 minutes break time to keep your focus on point! Often, I’ll use those 15 minutes to see to my home responsibilities so that I can mentally tick those things off my list. By the end of the day, I have tackled the majority of my duties and I can enjoy a truly restful evening. It’s a productivity hack that I’ve used for years, and it WORKS!
Productivity isn’t just for those who can do it well. It’s a skill that anyone can achieve.
One thing to note is that everyone is different, and you may find that productivity practices that work well for others might not work well for you. Spend some time thinking about what makes you feel like you’re achieving success, and then use that to craft a space that will be a source of daily inspiration for you.