With the Covid-19 pandemic, many people have been forced to work from home. Remote working may sound glamorous but, contrary to popular belief, it does not mean just jumping out of bed and working in one’s pyjamas!
Working from home requires focus and self-discipline and maintaining an organised workspace is the first step towards staying focused and being productive at work.
Think “tidy office, tidy mind”, which is just as valid in the home as in the workplace.
Here are four simple steps to organise your home office.
1. Set up a designated workspace
No one sleeps in the kitchen and many ban eating in the bedroom. So, working from your bed or on the couch is not a good idea.
The first rule for remote workers is to have a designated workspace that aids concentration, focus and getting the work done efficiently.
Have a fixed spot for the computer, printer, monitor and other accessories and make sure there are enough plug points.
If video conferencing is part of the job, put up a clean backdrop and put the workstation where there is minimal noise or distraction.
Put up a bulletin board or a soft board to pin up any notes to keep them organised and available at a glance.
Keep the workspace healthy with sufficient light and air circulation.
2. Declutter the workspace every week
One secret to a clean, tidy workspace is to declutter it every week.
Set aside a day in the week for this task. Make it a point to throw away at least three things that are not important. Shred the bits of paper with notes scribbled on them.
The computer also needs to be decluttered. Delete unwanted files and other stuff that has been saved. It is a good way to de-stress as well.
Remember, decluttering is not only meant to keep the workspace tidy, it increases productivity as well.
3. Invest in storage solutions
One way to keep the home office organised and make sure nothing gets lost is to invest in storage.
Create spaces to store office stationery, paperwork, files and other important documents. Label them properly and colour-code files.
Storage space does not need to be boring. Add some colour and vibrancy with colourful bins or aesthetically designed cubbies, depending on the space available in your workroom.
Like files, storage bins and cubbyholes can be colour-coded to help keep track of things and make sure everything can be found easily.
4. Invest in ergonomic furniture
Whether working from home is full-time or a few days a week, it is important to have the correct furniture.
An ergonomic chair not only takes care of the posture while sitting for long hours, it helps increase productivity.
When setting up a home office, consider getting a height-adjustable ergonomic chair or a standing desk.
A properly organised and furnished home workspace is a necessity for every remote worker.
It provides a good start to the day, helps maintain focus and is a motivator for a better performance.
This article first appeared in jobstore.com.
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