A record number of Brits are now working from home thanks to a combination of people setting up their own businesses and companies becoming more open to remote working.
Whilst there are many great benefits to be had when working from home, it’s important to create a workspace that enables you to stay focussed and productive. Below we offer a few simple tips that can help you achieve exactly this.
Designate a room for work
Chances are that you will be a lot more productive if you have a designated space to work from so you can think of it as your office. If other people are at home during the day ask them not to interrupt you and work away from distractions such as the television.
It can be hard to focus if you’re surrounded by clutter or cramped into a tiny space. If you find yourself feeling irritated or claustrophobic by your surroundings then decluttering could help you get back on track.
Is there any unnecessary furniture in the room? Are you drowning in paperwork? Are you working from the spare room which is used for dumping old clothes, Christmas decorations and other things you don’t use very often? If you don’t want to get rid of any of these things then putting them into self storage could be the perfect solution.
By storing your items in self storage they are completely out of your way and you’re safe in the knowledge that they are secure and can be accessed at any time you need them.
Design a space that inspires you
Studies have proved time and time again that even the design of an office can make people more or less productive. If the room you’re working from is dark and uninspiring then chances are that you’re not going to look forward to going in there and even when you are there, you’ll feel quite glum.
A simple lick of paint can really brighten up the place, add some interesting decorations, turn your desk so it’s facing out the window or do whatever you think it will take to make you really look forward to getting started with work in the morning.
Stay away from distractions
One of the biggest problems people who work from home face is getting distracted. If this sounds like you then try to work in a space that’s as far away from distractions as possible. If other people are at home in the day and you can hear them watching television or talking, find a room where you can enjoy complete silence so you don’t get tempted to join in. If you find yourself procrastinating by heading to the kitchen, work in the room furthest away from it because the more effort it takes to do something, the less likely you are to get distracted by it.