By far one of the most annoying and challenging issues that people face when they are trying to run a small business start-up from home is their workspace. This issue goes hand in hand with creating a workspace for themselves; one that is clean, professional, and free from distractions.
Of course, it is still pretty easy to set up a desk or a table with all of the ingredients that you will need to craft an efficient hour-by-hour work schedule. The thing is, removing all of those comforts and distractions of a home is a difficult thing to do and is easier said than done.
In this article, you will find all of the necessary things that you will need to create a clean, distraction-free and efficient workspace. One thing you’ll need to consider is purchasing good filing cabinets and storage that fits efficiently into small spaces. You can find items such as these at places like The Container Store, or Ikea.
1. Make Your Space Clean Of Any Distractions
This tidbit has to be one of the most important tips that we can give you. If you’re trying to set up your workspace, you simply cannot get away with taking away three-quarters of the personal items and other distracting items and leaving some behind. Do not mix your personal life with your work life! They are two separate mind tracks, and they should be treated as such. Remove your smartphone (if you can) and gaming consoles, personal pictures or books and anything of the like.
2. Personalize Your Office Space And Make It Nice!
This probably sounds like one of the simplest and most obvious tips, I am sure, but a surprising amount of people skip over this step and do not recognize its importance. If you take a second to think about, you do not usually consider ‘well-designed space’ and ‘happy place’ to by synonyms for ‘work place’ now do you?
Your work space does not need to be a drab, dull, overly-minimalist and depressing spot. You will want to focus on getting comfortable and matching furniture, such as office chairs and possibly a small sofa and a matching table. If you do not have a direct lighting source, installing one would be a good choice. Natural lighting, on the other hand, is also ideal for keeping yourself focused and productive without the harshness of artificial and direct light sources.
3. Furnish Other Rooms To Have A Relaxing Effect
This is also a relatively important point. If you are one of the workers that can focus and work best when they have frequent small breaks, then you will want to keep reading on this tip; if not, feel free to concentrate on some of our other points.
Getting up to roam around your house, or going to use the bathroom or make a cup of tea from the kitchen is a pleasant experience. However, if your office or workspace is immaculate and pristine, but the rest of your house is not, this can prove to be a problem for ‘back-of-mind’ focus.
If your living room smells gross and is piled to the ceiling with books and car magazines, it’s time to renovate and pick up the slack. The same way it is hard to focus when your desk is clean but the rest of your room is not is only amplified when you work at home. Imagine having a beautiful and pristine office, only to go outside to be dismayed and depressed at the pitiful state of the rest of your house!
All in all, creating an efficient and clean workspace is extremely important when you are working from home, and especially if you are trying to run your own business. For a small recap, we (and a lot of other professionals) believe that the key to working efficiently and productively is to be as focused as possible. Whatever way you can focus the most is the best way for you to work, so get cracking!
Here’s a few extra tips that will help you in organizing your home office so you can do your work!