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August 2, 2016 By Colleen Regan

Home Office Hacks for a More Productive Workday

August 2, 2016

By Colleen Regan

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August 2, 2016

Home Office Hacks for a More Productive Workday

By Colleen Regan
Product Marketing Manager

We know how much you love to WFH, especially in the summer. But is your workspace at home set up to maximize your productivity? We asked the experts at Modernize.com, a home improvement and organization platform that uses join.me to connect with their customers. Erin Vaughan, Modernize’s blogger and home improvement guru, shared some tips on how to make the time spent in your home office more productive!

According to recent research, most people feel they are equally or more efficient when they work remotely. So whether you’re home nursing a cold, waiting for the delivery man, or just an at-home regular, you’re getting stuff done! But you might not realize that certain aspects of your workspace, like organization and how you deal with distractions, can really impact productivity. Likewise, leveraging the right tools to connect quickly with coworkers, clients, and sales prospects keeps you in the loop as if you were right there in the office. Here are some tips to hack your home office for maximum productivity.

  1. Organize your space for hyperfocus. When you’re working from home, your mind can really drift—you know you were supposed to be reviewing the quarterly numbers, but somehow you found your way to cat videos instead. And it’s not just the Internet that can take you away from your work. The wrong office decor can actually seriously affect your productivity, dragging out even very simple tasks. So when you’re setting up your workspace, look for a spot situated away from busier areas, like the kitchen and the living room. This way, you’ll avoid some of the noise and activity in the rest of your home. Clutter is another concern. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with files in the heat of a big project, but a few moments spent tidying up at the end of the day will help you avoid a paper avalanche. And that will help you tame your wandering mind when it’s time to focus.
  2. Take advantage of the tools at your disposal. You’re working from home, not Siberia. Modern screen sharing and video conferencing software make it simple to keep up with meetings remotely, no matter where you hang your hat. At Modernize, we use join.me to connect with clients and content providers all over the country – and sometimes across the globe. It’s so convenient for us to start meetings on the fly, directly from a web browser, without having to schedule days ahead of time. Of course, video is still video, so make sure to change out of your pajamas.
  3. Give yourself a chance to stand around. Just moving around can really jog your thought process. In fact, there’s plenty of evidence that shows that walking helps concentration, and bolsters performance on attention-heavy tasks. But you don’t always have the time to jump up for a hike between fires. For those days, having the option to both work in a seated and a standing position is pivotal to productivity. Switching to a new working position with a convertible standing desk can really make all the difference.
  4. Set up some brain foils. Distractions get a bad rap these days—probably because we’re constantly being pinged by notifications, emails, and impromptu calls. But no home workspace should be called complete without a few interesting books, desk toys, or art – anything that will reroute your focus for a few minutes and give your brain a chance to reboot. After a bout of heavy focus, take a few minutes to let your mind wander. This is especially important when you work from home, where the traditional nine-to-five boundaries don’t always apply. That makes it all the more important to be diligent with break time, and force yourself to maintain a regular work schedule.

Working from home means that, for the most part, you get to manage your time and space and organize things just the way you like. So take the time to get to know your working style and what really helps you focus—and then own your remote work like a boss!

-Authored by Erin Vaughan, Modernize.
Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner.  She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for Modernize.com, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.

 

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