Creating a productive work space in your home is not that difficult if you plan things properly. Here are a few things that you must keep in mind to make your work space more productive.
Decide on a Working Area
You must ensure that your work space is free of any distractions. This is important, as you will probably be working longer hours at your home office (and the smallest distractions will affect your work). If you do not have a spare room to turn into a work space, you will have to make do with a section in your living room or kitchen. An alcove in either of these rooms can work quite well as a work space if used correctly. However, ensure that you get the required privacy, regardless of where your work space is in the home. Have a door or a partition for your work area if possible.
Learn to Multi-Task
If you really want to be productive, you would have to learn to do multiple tasks at the same time. You must have everything close at hand to help you save time. Using downtime between answering calls and printing documents can help you do a lot more. Keep all frequently required things, such as the printer, phone, coffee-maker etc., close to your desk so that you can use them without wasting any time in movement.
Take Some Time Out
It isn't healthy to occupy yourself completely with your work all the time. Make sure that you have some time for leisure activities too. You might have to work a little harder, but this will give you more reason to take a break from your work. A break from work does not include surfing the Internet. This can hamper productivity. The best way to take a break is to get away from your work space. Have a CD player or radio for playing soft at work. Classical music helps to improve productivity. Don't put the music on too loud, as it might distract you.
Decorate Your Office
Remember, for your work space to be productive, it should also be comfortable. You can add some pictures of your family, an interesting poster or even a motivational poster. Adding a plant to your work space is another good idea. Apart from increasing the aesthetics, the plant will also increase oxygen in the room. Ergonomics play an important role in determining the productivity at work. Ensure that you design your seats, desk and other furniture while keeping the ergonomics in mind.
Keep Things Organized
A well organized home office is definitely more productive than a
cluttered one. Clear all unwanted files, documents, etc. from your
desk. If you are busy working, switch on your phone's answering machine
and turn the email alert on your computer off. This will allow you to
work without any disturbance.