Home Business MagazineSummer2020
Running a business from home is the dream for many entrepreneurs and business owners. While this has tremendous benefits, it requires a system in place to keep yourself organized and accountable. It can take time to get this system into place, but it is well worth the investment. Ultimately that extra time spent setting things up will save you time daily. I have some tips that help me stay productive in my home office that I want to share with you.
Have a Routine
Each day it is important to have a routine before work. It can be tempting to just pull your laptop onto the bed and start plugging away at e-mails. Starting the day right sets the tone for everything that follows. Make sure to wake up and give yourself time to have a cup of coffee, change into non-pajama clothing, and brush your teeth before that Zoom meeting. Even if you are not seen on video, this morning routine will help keep the work-life balance truly balanced. It will also keep you from blurring personal and work time. Make sure to schedule in transitions from work to home life so you can stay balanced.
Define Your Working Space
Next, you need to define your working space. When you are working from your home, distractions are everywhere. Creating a working space free of distractions will help you stay focused and productive. Make sure that space is stocked with anything you may need: office supplies, a surge protector, and any files or paperwork needed. If possible, this should be a private space with a door. Windows nearby are also a huge plus. If that is not an option for you, find a low traffic and quiet area to set up in. It is important to have a designated working area when you have a home office to help limit distractions and interruptions.
Keep it Clean and Organized
Once your home office is set up, make sure to keep it clean and organize it often. Doing so will stop your home office from descending into chaos. Make sure your space is clear of old coffee cups, things your kids have left on your work desk, and piles of unaddressed paperwork. Organizing daily will keep this task from becoming overwhelming. You cannot be productive if you cannot find things and are swamped by piles of documents surrounding you. Staying on top of this from the very beginning will keep you working smoothly and efficiently from home.
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