Would you like to work effectively from home? Then you've come to the right place! You are probably working from home now or will be in the future and are now looking for tips on how to work more productively within your own four walls. Because as many advantages as working at home brings, it can sometimes be difficult to get into the flow of work and stay focused without distractions.
In this article, I will therefore show you how you canDiscipline, preparation and organizationmaster the daily work routine in the home office. You will learn to work from home work productively and without stress. Let's go!
How to work effectively in a home office? 10 tips!
I have been working effectively and productively from home for 4 years now. In my former shared flat, I even sat at my desk just one meter away from my bed for a while. The temptation was great to leave work and myself alone 😉.
Here I would like to give you 10 key tips that have helped me to work more effectively and productively from home. Have fun putting them into practice!
1. establish a morning routine
A certain morning routine can help you start the day on a positive note and really get into the workday. Start with this, get up at the same time every dayeven if you find it difficult to get out of bed. This gives you the opportunity to start the day relaxed and get on with your morning routine.
You can use the time that you don't need for your commute, for example, to enjoy a coffee, tidy up or go for a walk. go for a walk. Or how about a little Morning workout? A routine helps you to break out of old habits and establish new ones. A crucial - if not THE crucial - tip for more effective working from home.
2. don't dress too comfortable!
Get out of your pyjamas! In order to be able to work productively from home, you should dress as if you were going to work as normal. Of course, it doesn't necessarily have to be a suit or blazer - after all, you don't have any face-to-face meetings.
However, you should do without pajamas, sweatpants and hoodie. It's simply much less efficient to work in them in the long run. This is mainly because you usually wear these clothes while watching TV on the sofa and associate them with relaxation. What's more, spontaneous Zoom meetings are no problem for you in a proper home office outfit.
3. set up a permanent workplace
Even if it may be tempting to plop down comfortably on the couch and do your work from there: Separate work and relaxation areas, otherwise work and leisure time will quickly mix.
In the best case, you define a fixed workstation in a separate room. It also does not necessarily have to be a whole room. It can also be a table in your living room or bedroom that you turn into a workspace and that signals to you that work is being done there. A fixed workspace not only helps you get into work mode, but also helps you work more focused and draw a physical line between living and working.
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4. ensure peace and quiet
Speaking of setting up your workspace... To be able to work effectively from home, you should make sure that your home office is as quiet as possible. The necessary peace and quiet and good room acoustics not only help you to work in a more focused way, but also to meet the requirements of telephone and video conferences.
Meanwhile there are a large selection of acoustic solutionsthat help you to carry out your work undisturbed. For example, you can keep unwanted noise out of your rooms with the help of acoustic curtains or acoustic screens and thus ensure a pleasant working atmosphere. In addition, many acoustic elements are real eye-catchers that are not only sound-absorbing but also decorative.
Tip: I sometimes listen to classical acoustic music to help me concentrate better. Perhaps this tip can also help you to be more productive here and there.
5. purchase ergonomic office furniture
If you spend several hours a day in your home office - and most likely sitting down - you should buy ergonomic office furniture. An adjustable office chair is the most important piece of furniture in order to Prevent tension and back pain. But an ergonomic, height-adjustable desk can also work wonders. It is best to discuss such a purchase with your employer. In the best case scenario, your employer will pay for the equipment for your home office.
Tip: I have made my Industrial desk built by yourself. In the linked post, I show you exactly how I did it.
6. use high-quality devices
Normally, your employer will also pay for the equipment you need to work from home. This includes Computer, keyboard, mouse, screensprinters and so on. Make sure you choose devices that are of sufficiently good quality to enable you to carry out your work without any problems.
Another important point: Set up a stable internet connection that doesn't break down every few minutes. This is also normally covered by the employer. If you work from home as a self-employed person, the same naturally applies. So if you want to work effectively from home and not be constantly annoyed and demotivated in your desk chair, then you should also take this tip to heart.
7. keep order
Order is the be-all and end-allwhen it comes to working productively from home. Make sure that you don't have too many personal items standing or lying around that could potentially distract you from your work. Invoices, notes and other clutter should be put away if possible.
Of course, personal items can make themselves at home in your home office - but with measure and purpose. Lots of photos, souvenirs and odds and ends are also out of place in the private office and only distract from the essentials. This is an extremely important tip for successful home office organization.
8. take regular breaks
This is probably one of the most important points: Take time for breaks! Nothing is more tempting than doing a quick load of laundry or washing the dishes during your home office lunch break. Better leave it alone and postpone the housework until after working hours. After all, you take your breaks in the office too, don't you?
If you find it difficult to take breaks in general, simply set yourself a Alarm and use this as an opportunity to stand up or lean back and relax.
9. provide fresh air
This tip for more effective working naturally applies to the office and home office. Fresh air is important. Put it into practice regularly and ventilate several times a day for a few minutes at a time. This ensures a healthy exchange of air in your workspace and allows you to concentrate better. This makes it much easier to work afterwards, increasing your productivity.
10. provide enough snacks and water
At the office, you usually have small snacks with you that provide you with energy throughout the day and satisfy your hunger. Prepare yourself regular snacks at home too. snacks (like to leave you in the Recipes blog inspire). Also make sure that you drink enough fluids throughout the day. It's best to keep a carafe of tap water near your desk so that you always have something to drink to hand.
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Use the tips for well-organized, successful working from home
With the right tricks and a little self-discipline, you can also work efficiently within your own four walls. You have certainly noticed that you have to trick your own psyche a little in order to work effectively from home. If you follow the tips and tricks in this article, you will almost certainly become even more productive.
I hope I was able to help you with this! Do you have any questions, suggestions or your own experiences with the topic of efficiency and productivity in the home office? Then just write me a comment.
PS: Have you ever thought about becoming self-employed and to found sustainably? In the linked article, I also give you crucial tips for building a truly long-lasting, fair and successful company. Have fun!