Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Home Office Tips

As a blogger, I consider myself a home worker. Between the kids and everyday life it can be hard to keep my home office space free of clutter and misplaced paperwork. And we can probably all relate to the fact a messy and uninspiring work space – or place- can lead to less productivity. With four kids to contend with I can’t afford to lose any “work time” to being unorganized and unprepared. Here are a few simple tips that have helped me increase the work flow, while still leaving me plenty of family time.

photo by Fensterbmes

Separating Business and Home Life

This is probably the hardest for me. If you are just setting up your home office area for the first time, find a quiet spot in your home away from the hustle and bustle. I often get distracted by  outside temptation, since my work space is in such an open area. It’s easy to let your mind wander over to the television show in the next room or the conversation taking place in the living room. To work at home you really must be able to separate home, and work.

Work Time is Just That

Working from home provides many temptations, especially as a Mother.  I often find myself getting caught up with that pile of wash, which leads to a "quick" cleaning of the bathroom and it all steam rolls together. Before you know it it’s 5pm dinner needs to be prepared and what have you accomplished work wise? Nothing!  *OK, well any Mom knows that getting the house cleaned is not a nothing job, but, hopefully you get the point for the sake of this post.

Toss the Junk

Make your work area yours. Make it an inviting place you don’t mind spending a few hours a day. Toss the exercise bike, next to your desk. You know the one buried under all those clothes, and create a work like atmosphere that appeals to you. A little Feng Shui can soothe the mind and soul.

Mix it up

Let’s face it as appealing as working from home sounds, sometimes being stuck in your own home day after day is enough to make anyone crazy. Mix it up. If you find your mind wondering often and are feeling a bit antsy, grab your laptop and head to your local coffee shop. A change of scenery just might be the motivation you need for the day.

Pens, Printer, Shredder – Check!

Do you have the office essentials?  In most cases working from home doesn’t have to cost you, but you do want to be sure you have your daily essentials. Will you need a fax machine, printer, note pads etc.?  Being prepared for whatever arises, always causes less stress, even in a home working environment.

What are your tips for a productive home office?
Do you have a separate space where your do outside office work or blog?

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Pam said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My tips include having somewhere quiet where no one will disturb me!

Eileen McDonald said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My son keeps his time in the office like a schedule. He is in there from 9-5 unless he is out on a call. Otherwise his family understands do not disturb.

Closer to Lucy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I couldn't add to you list if I wanted, I'm a hopeless unorganized mess but it's because separating home and work stuff are also my biggest challenge...I just can't do it.

Terri said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I really thought adding a L shaped desk and hutch to my office was the answer to my issues. Oh, no! I keep reinventing my office organization wheel and as long as I do a good clean and put it where it belongs once a week, I'm pretty happy. Switching over my bills to e-bills was a huge help!

Samantha said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i have a hard time with separating...

Carolyn Colley said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great tips, when I was working, I put everything up before I left work, now that I'm not working I find that hard to do here at home, just letting mail pile up instead of tossing it if it's junk to start with.

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