Tips To Make Your Home Office Productive and Efficient

Do you work out of your home? I’ve done it for years.

And while working from home sounds like a dream position to many people, it does have its challenges. Its easy to make work your number one priority, working all day and night long. And its just as easy to run of doing a million other things – everything except your work.

Here are a few tips to create a work environment that helps you get more done.

1. Separate your office from your main living space

Whether it’s a plush office, an extra bedroom, a room in the basement, or even a small desk in the corner of your kitchen, its important to set up an environment that you consider your office.

A few months ago we downsized into a condo. Which meant we no longer have our big office with the window overlooking our gardens. In our condo, we have a main area with a living room, dining room, kitchen condo, and two master suites. So we’ve both carved out our little niches within the dining/living areas, and you’ll find us in the same place most days. We also put up a large wall unit and filled it with boxes (yep, I love Ikea). Now we each have several boxes we can keep client files, office supplies and even “to-do” boxes filled with things we work on every day. At the end of the day, everything goes into a box, keeping our home looking like a home. (If you need some office ideas, head over to Pinterest. You’ll find amazing ideas to help organize everything within your office and home.)

However you choose to do it, make sure you separate the two and keep that in mind every day as you “check in” to your office. [Read more…]