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The Productive Remote Home Office

Home Office

What could be better than eliminating your commute to the office, setting your own schedule?  Today, many people work from home, including business owners.  

Set Yourself Up For Success From Home

There are a couple of specific areas to address in order to set yourself up for being productive in your home office. They revolve around your environment and how you set up your life surrounding working at home.

Adjust Your Home Office Environment

There are a couple of specific areas to address in order to set yourself up for being productive in your home office. They revolve around your environment and how you set up your behavior working at home.

  • Designated space for work only – Don’t expect to work at your couch or dining table. Stay focused and creative with a designated space to work in with the ability to close yourself off from distractions. Keep your office space neat and orderly for unscheduled video and in-person meetings.
  • Ambiance –  Includes comfortable lighting, colors, and temperature. Use natural lighting and lamps as opposed to harsh ceiling lights. Add personal items to walls and shelving to inspire creativity without too much clutter. Low music and plants can also make a workspace more appealing while reducing stress.
  • Furnishings and Equipment – Get a decent quality desk, comfortable chair, and shelving with adequate space to support printers and office equipment. Set your Wi-Fi within close proximity to your office space and make sure you have enough outlets and a battery backup for your electronics. You’ll also need a webcam with a mic for video chats. Keep a fire and flood-proof safe for important documents, and back up your digital files on a remote server.

Adjust Your Attitude and Work Behavior to Stay Productive

While working from home can be a dream, it has its own pitfalls that you can avoid with a few attitude and behavioral adjustments.

  • Avoid distractions – TV and video games should be verboten during work hours and stay off social media that’s not necessary for work. Keep your personal cell phone on vibrate, and don’t allow family and friends to hang out during work hours in your office when you’re working. Read here to see how having a VA could help parents who work from home. 
  • Avoid cabin-fever – Get up from your desk and take breaks. Take lunch away from your desk and do something physical after work to destress. Avoid the temptation of working all hours just because you’re at home working alone. 
  • Stay disciplined – Set a schedule for meetings, for getting into the office and leaving. Know exactly what needs to be done the next day before you “leave.” While you have the freedom to schedule around personal life, make sure you’re always aware of important tasks, deadlines and connecting with others. Set up accountability with others from the main office or virtual assistants by connecting through the week.  
Posted on December 26th, 2019 by Client Advocate Team

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