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How to make your home office work for you
There are many upsides to the home office; the thought of no commute, a fully stocked fridge and the ability to control the thermostat is one of pure bliss. But with no boss and a house full of distractions, how do we stay productive?
If you’re anything like me, working from home can quickly descend into lie-ins, laundry and too many snacks; after all, most of us associate our homes with our personal lives, relaxation and domesticity. So how do we fit our work life into this space? Luckily, we think we’ve found a recipe for success.
1) Conquer the clutter.
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It’s true that cleanliness is next to godliness, but it’s also next to a productive work day. Wherever your space may be, purge it of everyday clutter and opt for nifty home office storage. Whether it’s kids toys or personal bills, a tidy space will not only lead to a tidy mind, but it’ll make the divide between your home and work life crystal clear.
2) Sit happy.
A good office chair means no aches and pains, so even if you’re working from your kitchen table, make sure you’re somewhere you can sit comfortably for the whole working day. From a favourite comfy pillow, to a proper office chair, a small change can stop you from fidgeting and get you working.
3) Let there be light.
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Falling asleep at your desk isn’t always the best route to a successful work day. Our internal body clock is hugely dictated by light qualities – a warm orangey light, for example, might leave us feeling relaxed, but it’s not great for concentration. The best thing to do is to choose a space with plenty of natural light, but if that’s not possible, a desk lamp or a daylight bulb is your best bet for keeping alert.
4) Leave it in the other room.
There are always things to do around the house, but doing the laundry or planning your holiday can quickly turn into an excuse to avoid the work you need to be doing. The best solution? Leave it in the other room; literally close the door on your personal life.
5) The 9 to 5 isn’t so bad.
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One of the best things about working from home is the flexibility; if you hate the 9 to 5, you could easily work 7 to 3 at home. The choice is all yours, but everyone needs a bit of structure. Whatever times you choose, set out hours for work time, keep your free-time sacred and plan for coffee and lunch breaks – you’ll definitely thank yourself for it.
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