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5 Tips to Creating a Productive Home Working Environment

January 14th marks #CleanOffYourDeskDay, a chance to get to grips with the clutter on your desk. Some people always operate with a very tidy desk, whilst others seem to function in a mountain of notebooks, paper, files and other clutter.

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On one hand, working in an environment in which you feel comfortable is key. And yet, just because you have always done something that way, doesn’t make it right. And so, in the spirit of Clean Off Your Desk Day, we thought we would take a look at basic steps to creating a productive home working environment.

#1 Sort the clutter from the useful and important stuff

Keeping paper copies may be important or, like many others, you may now have hard drives and USB sticks for storing important documents. And yet somehow, your desk still remains cluttered with ‘stuff’, things and items that have no obvious daily purpose.

A regular decluttering of your home office environment – desk, drawers and your hard drives included – is a useful exercise because it is an opportunity to see what you have, what you need and what can be removed or got rid of.

#2 Decluttering is only fruitful if you have storage options

Cleaning off your desk isn’t just about putting things in the bin but finding a place to store things away so that you have a clear platform in front of you. Accessible storage solutions also mean you can get to things when you want them.

Thus decluttering is only a truly beneficial exercise if you have the storage options for the things you are keeping. Integrated home office storage solutions tailored specifically for you and your home office are simply perfect.

#3 Create a pleasant environment to look at

Visually, your home office needs to be appealing. There is no reason why it has to be a dusty cubby home at the back of the house. It can be a light-filled room that is beautifully decorated with a pleasant wall colour and delightful office furniture.

With ergonomics on your side, you should set about creating a home office where you want to spend time. Just because folders in a corporate office are on show doesn’t mean it has to be the same at home. Hide those away and have pleasant items to look at instead.

#4 Sort the lighting

A great source of comfort and productivity is plenty of the right light in which to work. Allow natural light to flood in but don’t sit in the harsh glare of sunshine (and heat) in the summer. With ambient light, may sure your desk is not in shadow. If you have a light behind you, make sure you have a light on the desk to get rid of any shadow.

#5 Scent plays a role too

Comfort is about satisfying the senses that this room is a ‘nice;’ and safe place to be. You have pleasant things around you, the lighting is just right so now add some scent to make your home office smell pleasant.

There is no compensation for the natural, gentle scent of fresh flowers but when fragrant blooms are hard to come by in winter, choose gentle artificial scents.

The next step…

The next step is to clean off your desk, a cathartic process that allows you to enjoy a calmer work station and one that is possibly more productive too.

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