Published on March 14th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Organise Your Home Office Day
Today is Organise Your Home Office Day. Separating your home life from your working life can be a challenge particularly when space is at a premium.
Whether you work from home once or twice a month, or have a full time stay at home job, take some time to create a working space which is a pleasure to work in.
Top Five Tips to Organise Your Home Office
A recent survey highlights 9 out of 10 people admit to being distracted and losing up to 5 hours a week when they work from home.
We are distracted by things at home that would not occur at work. Children, pets, even the postman can impact on our train of thought when working from home. Therefore, it is important to create a space, even if it is not in a separate room which aids your thinking and productivity.
1. Do Not Disturb
When children or other family members are home, it is very easy to be distracted from your work.
If you have converted a spare room into a study, put a sign on the door so everyone in the house knows when you do not want to be disturbed. Even if your work space is in the corner of a room you can display a sign to show you need to be left in peace.
Be strict with yourself and your time. To prevent constant interruptions, simply communicate via text or email during your working day, just as you would if you were in your company office.
2. Make Sure Your Space is Light and Bright
Wherever possible put your desk near a window. If this is not feasible, make sure there is plenty of light to prevent any unnecessary eye strain and tiredness. There should be no glare on your monitor or laptop screen from sunlight or overhead lights. A lamp on the desk is essential for task lighting.
3. Don’t Be Uncomfortable
If you had a problem with your desk height or chair in your company office you would ask for a risk assessment. At home, you should make sure that your working space is comfortable and ergonomically sound.
4. Keep Your Working Space Tidy
Think about your workflow. Which items/files do you use regularly? How much storage space do you need? A mixture of wall shelves and vertical file folders on your desk can ensure that your space remains tidy and unobtrusive, particularly in shared home/work space areas.
When you organise your home office, make sure that your computer, printer and peripherals are positioned close to sockets.
Cable tidies are also a must have item and not only from a health and safety point of view. Add colour coordinated tags to each cable so you can locate the correct one as and when you need to unplug an item.
5. Make Your Working Space Somewhere You Want to Spend Time In
Finally, make your home office an attractive place to go to. Create a practical space that is easy to work in. Otherwise you will just be tempted to resort to the kitchen table or sofa.
Paint the walls a colour you love to help inspire and motivate you. When your working space is part of an existing room, you can still differentiate it using another colour on the wall to identify your working space. Alternatively, add motivational posters or plants to highlight it as your working area.
Organise Your Home Office with the Post Office Shop
The Post Office Shop has all the products you need to make your home office a joy to work in. From Desk Accessories to Ergonomics, Computing Accessories to Clocks, you can customise your office just the way you want it.