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Redesigning Your Home Office For Greater Productivity

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 07 November 2018 15:24

Your home office should be your place of highest productivity. No matter what kind of business you are in, you want your personal space to bring out your best qualities and allow you to get more done in less time, without all the stress. That is why it is essential to have the right plan to make this a reality. So don't put up with an office setup that doesn't fit your needs. Use the six tips below to get more out of your office than ever before.


Standing Desk

The science is out, and it's quite clear. Sitting down in a chair all day is bad for your health. There are various factors that contribute to this. Each of them combine to create a less healthy and more stressed version of you.


The first is that sitting down zaps your energy instead of contributing to it. Secondly, hunching over is bad for your posture and neck. It also means you are producing more cortisol, the stress hormone, throughout the day. Standing up at a desk means you have more energy and feel better at the end of the day.


Natural Light

Getting more natural light is another way to get a nice mood boost. It also helps you stay more positive and motivated during the day. Besides, don't you deserve to be surrounded with beauty while you work? So find a way to install a new window or position your desk so you are facing outside while you work and really enjoy what you do. After all, when you love your work you will be more productive thanks to increased motivation.


Minimal Distractions

When it comes to designing your home, it is wonderful to have a lot of artwork or other furniture items that really add to the visual aspect. However, you need to be careful not to overdo it. If you have too much going on, it could end up taking you away from your work in such a way that there is no longer a payoff.


This also goes for television or streaming internet services. Try to minimize extra windows on your computer or other screens that are going to be competing for your attention. It is too easy to pop over to them while you are in the middle of a great productive session, slowing your progress as you work through the day.


Paper Organization System

If you have ever read GTD (Getting Things Done) by David Allen then you already know the value of having a paper tray system. Just because a lot of the world is moving to digital formats does not mean that there is no value in having physical paper. It allows you to quickly jot something down and feel accomplished thanks to fact that you can see the actual item or note you just created.


Digital Document Management

It is essential to have a great software suite like an HR document management system installed on your computer in your home office. A lot of work can be done right from home if it is integrated all into one system. This prevents a lot of back and forth communication in different windows and speeds up the time it takes you to get results.



Whether it is the neighbor's lawnmower, your kids, a dog barking, or anything in between, things can get noisy while trying to work from home. Soundproofing your work studio is an excellent upgrade. That way, instead of jarring headaches, you have amazing work sessions of high productivity.


When it comes to productivity, you want to have solid strategies that are proven to work. That way, you don't waste your time reinventing the wheel. Instead, you can focus on what you truly want to get done day in and day out. Use the tips above to help you design an office environment that promotes maximum productivity. That way your work won't just be more profitable, it will also be more fun.

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