Tips for a successful home office
If you need to create a workspace in your home here are some things you can do to maximise efficiency.
- Create a space that will minimise disruptions
A home office should be a place that allows you to work uninterrupted in a space that you’re comfortable in. It should also be a space that is conducive to productivity.
Ideally, you should convert an existing unused room in your home into your office. Avoid setting up an office in a family room, or living area, dining rooms, or even the family computer room.
Remove non-work- related objects such as exercise equipment or televisions so there is nothing to distract you. Trying to get work done, when thinking about how you should get more exercise or wondering what is on television will only make things more difficult. Have separate computers for work use and personal use.
Another reason to keep your home office separate from your general living space is to claim maximum tax benefits.
- Personalise your space
This is a great opportunity to create an environment that fits your needs and makes you enjoy being in it. Think about how you’re going to use your home office; will you need to invite clients in or hold business meeting with colleagues. If you need to spend a lot of time reading, be sure to get adequate lighting and a comfortable chair to sit in so you can settle down and read comfortably. If you have documents, papers or presentations make sure you
have sufficient desk or table space to do what you need to do.
- Stick with regular working hours
One of the hardest things to do when your office is literally in your home, is to keep regular working hours. One advantage of not having a commute to work is not having to get up as early and not getting home from the office as late. This gives you the flexibility of starting earlier or later to fit your lifestyle.
It’s easy to blur the line between your work life and your home life if you’re not careful to separate them in routine and physical space. Treat your home office as you would if you worked in a regular office. Turn up at the same time every day and work until your designated finish time.
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