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Efficient Workspace For Your Home Office
Having a productive day in your home office requires ambition and discipline. Working efficiently and reaching your goals each can help you stay motivated and get more done. Try these easy upgrades to turn your office into an efficient workspace.
Create a Separate Work Area
When you’re working from home, the first step to creating an efficient office is designating some appropriate working space. Choose a room that has no television or other distractions. Carving out a corner of your kitchen may not work. Family members may interrupt you.
When you choose a work area, make it known that it’s off-limits and establish set work hours. Let your spouse and children know that you are unreachable during these hours. Act like you are off-site in a corporate office instead of down the hall.
Organization is key to building an efficient office routine. Whether you keep digital or paper files, make sure to separate your paperwork by client, date, and assignment. When a client calls, you’ll need to access your data quickly. When you run an efficient office, you’ll present a professional image to your customers.
Productivity apps like Trello or Asana make organizing your projects a breeze. Apps can boost your efficiency whether you need to track your work or conduct large team projects. An app can help you manage several projects at once and make sure you don’t miss important deadlines and project milestones.
Build an Ergonomic Workstation
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Staying comfortable and healthy while you sit at your desk for long periods of time helps you work efficiently. You can’t get your work done if you have a sore neck or develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Following ergonomic standards can protect you from developing sore muscles or other injuries so you can stay productive. The desk, keyboard, and monitor should be at the correct height. If you’re reaching over your desk to get to your keyboard, or leaning forward to see your computer screen, adjust the height of your chair or your equipment.
Make sure you have adequate lighting to avoid eye strain. Consider a desk with a height adjustment, or perhaps a standing desk that allows you to stand while you work. The benefits of standing while you work include a lower risk of obesity, better posture, and feeling more alert while you complete routine tasks.
Use Modern Equipment
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Relying on outdated equipment can affect your efficiency, too. Printers should have Bluetooth capability to connect to your devices easily. Don’t waste time searching for cords and connecting them to your phone or laptop.
Also, if your cell phone’s signal is weak, or your service throttles your connection speed when you use too much data, it’s time for an upgrade. Worrying about how much data you’ve used today, or wondering if your text messages and emails are getting delivered, can easily kill your productivity.
Choose a phone with a fast processor, plenty of memory, and an unlimited data plan, like an LG phone from a carrier like T-Mobile. The T-Mobile network includes nationwide 4G LTE coverage with unlimited talk, text, and data. You can also stay connected when you’re away at client meetings with free mobile hotspot data.
Take Walks or Stretching Breaks
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Sitting for a long time can stifle your creativity and give you a stiff neck. Break up your day and take walks or stretch. Good times to take breaks include when you start to feel tired and when you’re stuck on a problem. If you get stuck trying to resolve an issue or suffer from writer’s block, walk away and take a short intermission.
Answers and ideas may come to you when you stop obsessing over the problem and allow yourself to focus on something else. Walking and stretching can both re-energize your thoughts and keep your body healthy.
Try these ideas to make easy upgrades and run an efficient home office. You’ll save time and stay healthy. When you’re productive, you’ll feel good about your accomplishments, and keep your clients happy at the same time.