Many people think that running an office is one of the easiest aspects of being a business owner but this is far from the truth. Managing your workload in a home office space with several distractions can be stressful at the best of times.
A home office is full of challenges and you will be faced with difficult situations as a business owner. One of the biggest and most common challenges in the office is increasing your productivity.
Home is full of distractions. Whether it’s the kids asking you for food or your dog begging you to play with them, it can be hard to find a serene environment to work in when you’re in a home-based job.
Working harder and being more productive gets better results, and you’re more likely to remain engaged in your work. When you see the results of your hard work, you’re inspired to continue being productive in the future.
As difficult as it may feel to make your home office space a more productive place, there are lots of ways to do so. Below, we’ve listed five great ways to increase your productivity in your home-based office.
- Make Yourself Comfortable
Comfortability is important when you’re trying to boost productivity. Making yourself comfortable will help you to focus better and get more work done during the day.
Part of making yourself comfortable involves getting the perfect office furniture and equipment. This includes getting the right office chair and desk and setting up great lighting.
If you’ve got an old, worn-out office chair, it might be time to get a new office chair for your home office. Find one that can be adjusted to the correct height so that your feet can comfortably rest on the floor and your knees and hips can bend at 90 degrees.
Your office chair should also support your back and encourage the correct spinal alignment. If you’re struggling to find a great chair that supports your lower back, buy a small cushion to place by your lumbar spine.
Your desk should be high enough such that you don’t need to flex your neck too much when you’re working on a computer or laptop. Try and keep your screen at or just below eye level.
Consider getting an adjustable desk that can be manually or electronically raised or lowered. This way, you can find the perfect desk height to focus on your work without getting a stiff neck.
- Take Regular Breaks
Studies show that giving yourself regular short breaks throughout the day can increase productivity. Instead of forcing yourself to work non-stop throughout the day, schedule your day into several smaller tasks with breaks in between each one.
When you’re working from home, it’s easy to deny yourself breaks. Unlike in an office where your manager gives you a 30 to 60-minute break for lunch, you’re working to your own schedule in a home office.
A popular technique that is used by many to increase work productivity is the Pomodoro technique. This involves working for 25 minutes and then giving yourself a 5-minute break.
By letting your mind rest and moving your body every half an hour, you can maintain a great level of work efficiency throughout the whole work day.
You don’t have to use this technique if you don’t want to. Simply taking note of when your productivity starts to decrease and giving yourself a break when necessary will improve your productivity.
- Increase Natural Light Exposure
Studies show that natural light can increase productivity. If you want to increase your concentration and get more work done throughout the day, keep the window space open and clutter-free.
Move your desk to be closer to the window if you can. The more natural light you can expose yourself to, the greater your productivity. If it’s too bright on your screen, use adjustable window treatments to filter out or dim down the sunlight at certain times of the day.
Natural sunlight can also elevate your mood by enhancing the production of ‘happy hormones’, such as serotonin. When you’re in a better mood, you’re more likely to remain engaged in your work and get through your to-do list quickly.
Opening the window can improve the air quality in your office, which can further boost productivity.
- Establish a Routine
The human body loves routine. By establishing a regular schedule, you can boost your productivity and stay motivated to work.
If you’re self-employed, it’s easy to lie in bed for the morning and delay starting your work day. But getting up early every morning and following a great morning routine will prepare you for the work day.
Similarly, try and take your lunch and finish working at the same time each day. This will help your body to get into ‘work mode’ at the right time and enable you to relax in the evenings.
- Reduce Distractions
Distractions can be a huge barrier to productivity, especially when you’re at home. Your kids, pets, and neighbors can be noisy and distracting when you’re trying to concentrate and they can make it much harder to get through your list of tasks.
Unfortunately, there’s not a lot that you can do about your neighbors. However, you can occupy your kids with toys and games to keep them quiet. You can get a pet sitter or get some non-squeaky toys for your dog or cat to play with while you work.
Having the radio or television on in your home office can be distracting. If you want to break the silence, listen to an instrumental playlist that is calming. Music can boost productivity as long it’s the right genre!
Originally posted 2022-06-20 07:06:37.