Despite having a place to work at the headquarters of your business, some days you may wish to work from home. That’s why it’s important to know that even those small changes in environment and habits can affect your workload and determine how much you can actually get done from your home office.
We won’t bore you with the basics of setting up your home office like having a comfortable chair or preparing your music in advance to accompany you while you work remotely. However, the best way to get work done when working from your home is based mainly on the little things. Even the smallest details can have great impact on your productivity and affect your concentration. Here are some tricks we recommend you should try that may help you get more work done from your home office:
All studies will tell you the same thing: living things enhances one’s productivity. You can add some life to your work office by just letting your imagination run wild. You can start off with something obvious and a tad boring like a potted plant or unpainted wood. Assuming you have a dog and you need to focus on working on the computer rather than talking all day on the phone, you can invite him or her in and we guarantee that bored will be the last thing on your mind. Also, make sure there is plenty of natural light in the room. Pull those drapes, locate your office and your chair near a window so that you can catch a glimpse of nature from time to time.
According to recent studies, the color of your office shouldn’t match that of your furniture. Studies show that the hue can determine your mood so make sure it won’t end up bothering you. If you have trouble concentrating, green might the cure. For a creative boost, make sure your office has shades of purple. While red and orange are overwhelming for most people, some find it energizing.
While commuting is considered as a terrible idea, sometimes it proves more useful than you might think. The in-between period prepares us mentally for the workload ahead that has to be dealt with at the end of the day. This may already be a habit you’re not aware of and if you decide to work from home you might end up missing it. The best way to ensure you will be able to get things done is to fake it by creating a daily morning ritual that sends a signal to your brain that it’s high-time to get in your business state of mind.
Instead of zoning out and thinking from time to time what you’re going to prepare for lunch or taking short breaks and always having a snack, thus endangering your productivity and waistline you should probably prepare beforehand your lunch so that’s out of the way. When you decide to take your lunch break you’ll just want to pop the dish in the microwave or heat it in an over rather than wandering aimlessly for ingredients and deciding what to prepare.
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Recent studies show that temperature drastically affects productivity in the workplace. A warmer environment is a better and more productive environment, so, instead of skimping on the heating make sure you’re comfortable.
Given today’s world in which most people have to spend their work days in front of a screen you should probably give your eyes some time to rest. It is recommended that every 20 minutes you should stare at an object or a place that is 20 yards aware for 20 seconds. That my friends is the 20-20-20 rule. According to psychologists, focus tends to fade away after 20 minutes so this daily routine can provide you with a quick boost in energy to complete the workload.