How to create a workspace when you work from home
A record number of Brits are now working from home thanks to the wonders of modern technology. While an increasing number of people are choosing to become self employed, more and more companies are also realising the benefits of giving employees the freedom to work remotely.
While you can’t beat getting out of bed and stepping into your office, it is very important to create a workspace that enables you to stay focused and productive. How exactly do you achieve this however?
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 are cramped into a tiny space. If you find yourself feeling irritated or claustrophobic by your surroundings, 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, 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’re 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’re not going to be motivated to work hard.
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.
Setting yourself goals is another great way to stay on track. You could for example say that once you’ve completed a full hour of work without any distractions, you can take a 10 minute break to do whatever you like.