Top 6 Secrets to Creating the Ideal Home Office

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, people are working from home to ensure safety and to prioritize the health of themselves and their peers.  Even though we are conducting business from home, that doesn’t mean efficiency and productivity need to be sacrificed.  In fact, studies have shown that the quiet home environment allows people who work their usual hours to excel.  Working from home provides a new sense of freedom; you control your work environment.  Below, we will discuss the keys to maintaining a healthy work environment.

1.  Peace is Key 

Unless you thrive on background noise, you should find the quietest, most secluded area in your residence.  According to writer John Gerard, a busy room stunts productivity.  A peaceful area allows for a clear mind and, therefore, a healthy workspace.

2. Clean Your Desk 

Extra stacks of unnecessary papers, books, and morning coffee are concentration inhibitors.  If your desk is cluttered, you will inevitably be distracted and disorganized.  Obviously, some office supplies are necessary to keep on your desk for easy access and relevance, but make sure you aren’t filling your desk with unnecessary stressors.  Spending some time cleaning up the rest of the house could be beneficial towards your concentration as well.  If the rest of your house is tidy, your mind will not wander to the mess within reach.

3. Bring in a Natural Element 

Bringing in a desk/floor plant allows for a pop of color in your office, and provides a nice break from a computer screen.  If you don’t have as strong of a green thumb as you would like, try incorporating succulents or other low maintenance plants into your office for a fresh, calming feel. 

4. Try Adding a Calming Scent

Along with creating a pleasant aroma for your office space, it has been proven that certain essential oils have productive effects.  For example, peppermint is an energy booster, rosemary aids concentration, and sweet orange can help calm anxiety.  If you choose to use a scent, make sure you do your research to ensure you’re using it safely. 

5. Condense Your Checklist 

Before you launch yourself into business, take a couple minutes to write down a to-do list for the day.  Make sure you condense your list to approximately the top 5 important tasks to get done in the next couple hours.  Checking off each task you complete will fill you with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, and condensing your list ensures you aren’t overwhelmed.  

6. Take Productive Breaks 

Usually, when people take breaks, social media scrolling is inevitable.  However, you should explore reading a book, walking around the block, relaxing, or looking for business inspiration online.  These options will leave your brain feeling more refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of your day. 

Use these tips to create a calm, productive office where the day passes by in the blink of an eye. 

To read Tikva Morrow’s full article, click the link below. 

https://www.themuse.com/advice/7-triedandtrue-secrets-for-a-productive-home-office

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