10 Tips for Creating a Productive Home Office

It is a crazy time for our world right now and many of us are doing what we can to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus and that means working from home. If this is not something you are used to, it can be a bit of a transition. We’re sharing 10 helpful tips for setting up your home office space for productivity.

1) Determine You Office for the Day

For those of us not used to working remotely and those of us apartment dwellers, we may not have a home office already set up. Find a space in your home where you can get comfortable with little distractions.

2) Declutter

When you’ve selected your home office for the day, clean the space. A clear space is a clear mind. Maybe put on your favorite song and do a 3-5 minute speed clean.

3) Get Dressed for the Day

You don’t need necessarily get ready as you would if you were going into the office, the heels or tie can stay in the closet, but put on real clothes, staying in PJ’s all day feels like a sick day.

4) Find an Ergonomic Position

In addition to finding a surface space, you’ll also want to make sure to keep your posture in check. If you are used to a stand up desk maybe move your laptop over to a kitchen island or mantle for a makeshift stand up desk. It’s good to stretch our legs sometimes.

5) Turn on the Lights

Natural light through the windows can be lovely, but it can also cause glare on your computer screen. If it’s still dark out when you start your day turn on the lights so the bright light of your screen doesn’t strain your eyes.

6) Create Ambiance

One of the major perks of working from home is you can create a cozier space than your typical office setting. Set up a productive space that is perfectly suited to your individual working style. maybe some nice study music or a coffee scented candle for a little wake-me-up.

7) Set Your Schedule

Establish your start time, midday break periods and what time you’ll clock out for the day.

8) Get Out

Take a 10-minute walk around the block to freshen up and to encourage the flow of new ideas. bring your dog, they are ready to get out and stretch as well!

9) Log Off

Allow yourself to have downtime to create a work-life balance—we all need it, no matter where we are working.

9) Don’t Forget Happy Hour

Tools like Skype, Zoom Meetings and FaceTime don’t have to just be for work. Schedule a happy hour Skype date with your friends or coworkers grab a beer from your fridge and decompress about your day. It’ll make social distancing less isolating.