How to be more productive in your home office
Our way of working has been forever changed by the pandemic. Whether you’ve started working full-time from home or alternate between the office and your home, the importance of having a space in your house where you can be productive is clear. However, since this change has been so sudden, many of us weren’t prepared to create home offices out of the space we have available. This also means that the way we adapted our spare room or corner in the living room or bedroom isn’t as efficient as we’d like it to be.
That’s why we have collected a few tips you can try to make your home office, whether it’s a whole room or just a corner, more productive:
Declutter your space
This is something that you should ideally do regularly. Nothing’s harder than letting stuff pile up and having to declutter a mountain of things when you could just tidy as you go. Keep your desk free from anything that has nothing to do with your work. This way, you remove both unnecessary clutter and distractions.
Stock up on shelves
The best way for you to organize your things is to get enough shelving around you that can keep everything in its own place. This way, you won’t need to store things all over your desk, and you’ll be able to easily find anything that you’re looking for. From filing cabinets to tall shelving units, get what you need to organize your work things and stop yourself from feeling like you’re always working in a messy space.
Decorate your space
While we’re encouraging you to remove clutter and organize your space, it doesn’t mean that your home office has to be a minimalist’s heaven. Decorating your space with things that are relevant to your work or inspire you to achieve your goals can help your productivity. Whether it’s art prints that you love or motivational posters that keep you motivated, feel free to personalize your space so that it feels more ‘you’.
Get some plants
According to research, bringing plants into a workspace can improve productivity by 15%. Another study, saw a fall in stress and anxiety by 37% when plants were introduced to the office. Basically, from boosting your mood to helping you stay concentrated, it’s clear that plants are a must-have for any office, even ones at home. If you already have a few plants, consider moving them closer to your desk or alternatively get something green for your own workspace.
Let natural light in
Lighting can also have a significant impact on your productivity and mood while you work. Have you noticed how grey days with poor lighting can make you feel instantly in a worse mood than sunny days full of light? That’s how powerful natural lighting can be. If you’re lucky enough to have a window in your home office or near your workspace corner, make sure that your desk is near it so that you can soak up all the benefits of daytime light when you work. Alternatively, you can get lamps that offer natural lighting at any time of your day. They are also great during winter when it gets dark far earlier than usual.
Clean your space
One thing is to tidy your environment, another is to clean it. While it might not instantly appear dirty, your desk is likely to collect a lot more dust and bacteria than the eye tells. When was the last time you gave it a good scrub? It’s okay, we’ve all been there, but it’s good to make a habit of also cleaning your desk whenever you’re cleaning the house. Thanks to the Nelumo gloves, you won’t even need to switch sponges and gloves. You can use them to easily switch from cleaning the dishes to scrubbing the desk and then move on to the next cleaning job. Learn more about them here.