Many of us have spent a lot of time working from home over the past year and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Are you loving it, or struggling? If you wish you were more productive working from home, there are steps you can take to help you stay focused, improve mental clarity, and boost productivity. Here are five ways to be more productive in your home office.
1. Create a comfortable space
You can design your workspace to promote productivity by including the right seating, lighting, and more. Pick out a chair that’s comfortable to sit in and supports good posture. Don’t want to sit all day? Give a standing desk a try. Set the thermostat to a temperature that’s not too hot and not too cold. Lighting also has a big impact on mood and productivity, so be sure to use the right kind of lighting – not too bright, but not too dull. Natural light is ideal, but lighting with blue and white tones can also encourage concentration and productivity.
If staring at your computer all day gives you headaches, keep a pair of blue light glasses handy. If you have the option to paint the walls, use a calming color like green or blue. Adding details like candles and houseplants can also help create a peaceful environment that supports productivity. Try setting up your office space someplace quiet to minimize distractions, and make sure your work area is a dedicated workspace to help separate work time from personal time and promote work-life balance.
2. Be prepared
Imagine you’re in the middle of a project and working on a tight deadline. You need to print a document, but realize you’re out of ink. Now what? You either have to put your project on hold and run out to buy ink or find a different, likely less convenient way to finish the project. Instead, keep your home office stocked with all the items you need to get your work done. Consider keeping plenty of paper, printer ink, pens, pencils, notebooks, sticky notes, highlighters, and more on hand so you don’t run out and have to stop what you’re doing to get more. Having office supplies readily available can help keep you productive during the workday.
3. Keep your home office clean
“Tidy desk, tidy mind,” as the saying goes. Keeping your office space clean and tidy can help you stay focused and productive while working. Start by decluttering your desk: throw away old notes you don’t need anymore, move notebooks or stacks of papers that you aren’t currently using, and place pens and pencils in a cup or drawer. Investing in desk organization items ensures everything has its place; consider using file folder organizers or trays to keep important documents close without having stacks of papers on your desk, use desktop storage racks or drawers for knickknacks, keeps writing utensils in pencil cups to stop them from rolling around your workspace, and use drawer organizers to prevent drawers from becoming too messy. Attaching a dry erase board or cork board to your wall is a great way to keep notes and ideas visible but off of your desk.
In addition to decluttering and organizing your space, be sure to clean it, too. Vacuum and dust your home office regularly so that it looksand feels clean. This can also help prevent allergens from bothering you and distracting you from your work.
4. Take small breaks
You may not have an office water cooler or coworkers to chat with in person, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take breaks. Giving yourself some time to rest throughout the day can help make you more productive in the long run. Recharge your batteries by taking a few minutes every so often to step away from the computer and do something else, such as reading a book, taking a walk, working out, taking a quick nap, making a snack, playing a game, or something else non-work-related. You can take a few minutes for a break every hour or so, or follow a method such as the Pomodoro Method, which says to take a five-minute break after working for 25 minutes, and a longer break after multiple 25-minute work sessions. Looking at a computer screen for extended lengths of time can strain your eyes, so it’s also helpful to follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes or so, look away from your computer and focus on an item at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Taking breaks isn’t lazy; it’s crucial for staying productive.
5. Choose the right beverage and keep it close
What’s your go-to beverage for staying energized throughout the day? A cup of hot coffee in the morning? Some tea in the afternoon? Whatever your drink of choice, keep it close and keep it warm with help from an insulated tumbler cup. This ensures your coffee or other beverage is within reach whenever you need it and doesn’t cool down to that gross lukewarm temperature. Try a Healthy Human Cruiser Tumbler, available in 12-oz, 20-oz, and 32-oz sizes and a wide range of colors and patterns. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can also help support brain function and productivity. Stay hydrated by keeping ice-cold water on your desk with help from an insulated water bottle. Healthy Human’s Stein Bottles are available in 16-oz, 21-oz, and 32-oz options and a variety of colors and patterns. They feature a sweat-free design so you don’t have to worry about leaving rings on your desk or accidentally soaking important papers. Plus, there’s just something fun about drinking your favorite beverage from a really cool cup or bottle, right?
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