5 Smart Strategies for Setting Up Your Home Office

home officeWhether you have a home-based business or you telework, setting up your home office can make or break your productivity. Here are 5 ways you can ensure the space you create inspires you to be your most productive and efficient self.

Have a Private Area

Make sure the kitchen table doesn’t become your workspace. You’ll need a private area (preferably with a door) where you can have the peace and quiet you’ll need to get down to work.

Plan Your Space

Before you rush out and buy that very cool desk you’ve been admiring, stop and plan out what you’ll actually need to get your job done. How much work surface do you need? Is a laptop in your future or a desktop computer? Phone equipment, filing, shelving, storage — the list goes on. Budget. Plan. Buy.

Clear the Clutter

Maybe you already have a workspace you use, but it’s buried in kids artwork from three years ago, dog bones, random papers, and abandoned power cords … oh wait that my office. Just joking. Before you can think straight, you need to eliminate any items that don’t belong or contribute to your work. If you don’t have anywhere else to put them, a well marked box in the corner will do … temporarily of course!

Set Your Work Hours

This is an important one. If you don’t set your work hours, you’ll end up being in the office 24/7 … well not that much but you get the picture. A friend of mine purchased an Open/Closed sign which she proudly hangs on her office door as a reminder to family, and herself, that the office actually does close.

Old School Social Networking

Working from home can feel isolating at times. Human contact is key to banishing those lonely feelings. It’ll take more than Twitter to help you feel connected. Plan lunch dates with friends, colleagues and potential clients. Take the dog out for a walk at lunch. The point is to make sure you get out and have human to human contact at some point in your day.

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