Whether you run your own business or just work from home every now and then, you know a home office can be a huge game changer.
There’s something so satisfying about having a designated room where you can be productive and earn an income without leaving the house.
If you’re like me and work from home full-time then you can probably relate to my obsession with creating the perfect work environment. Admit it, you know what I’m talking about.
I’m always looking for ways to improve my office, so I figured this topic would be great to discuss.
Whether you’re just getting started setting up your home office or looking for ideas to make the most out of your space, check out these suggestions:
1. Bookshelves, bookshelves, and more bookshelves
There’s 2 things I have to say about this one. First, there’s the obvious: keep your sales and business-related books in your office! No-brainer, right?
But I also believe in the power of a good break, and for that reason I say throw some novels in the office, too!
I write for a living, so in my case, I know that the more I read (regardless of what I’m reading), the better my writing will be, and therefore, the better I’ll be at my job.
But if you’re not a writer, that doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from reading a good story too.
Taking a break from your work to do some reading is a great way to keep your mind active while you get a chance to recharge. Some of my best ideas have come to me both during and after a reading break, so definitely give this a shot if you haven’t already!
2. Comfortable furniture
This one is so important; you need a comfortable desk chair! I also recommend finding a comfortable couch or armchair if you’ve got the space for it.
What good is having a book collection if you don’t have a comfortable place to read, right? I’m on the hunt right now for a chair and a half to put in my office, since I’ve fallen in love with the one we have in our living room.
If you’re like me and your home office is the only place where you can really be productive, then you’ll want to make the most of this space and create a sitting area where you can read or work comfortably without succumbing to the distractions that go along with trying to work from your living room.
You’ll be amazed at the ideas you come up with when you take the time to relax and clear your head, and what better place to do that than your home office?
3. Some type of physical planner
I’m sure at least one reader will scoff at the idea of not keeping a digital schedule, but there’s a method to my madness.
Having worked at multiple ad agencies in the past, I too was stuck in the habit of using my Outlook calendar to keep track of my tasks. More recently, I fell in love with using a spiral planner, and I don’t think I’m ever going back.
I realized that using a digital calendar didn’t work for me, because I was adding too many tasks to my day, and feeling discouraged when they weren’t completed. As silly as it may sound, switching to a physical planner has helped me keep my priorities in order because I can’t fit a ton of items in the space provided for each day!
Now, instead of trying to get a million things done every day, I focus on the most important things I need to accomplish and write those down first. Then, wherever I have space, I’ll fill in the less pressing items on my to-do list. It’s kind of like a dumbed-down version of the Eisenhower Matrix.
If you’re also an overly-ambitious to-do list maker and haven’t tried using a physical planner yet, give it a try!
4. A printer that can scan and copy
I’m a firm believer that every household needs a multifunctional printer, whether you’ve got a home office or not.
I cringe at the idea of sending a contract to a client with a tell-tale shadow in the shape me holding my iPhone up.
Before you do any kind of business at home, you need to invest in a scanner. To me, it just makes sense to buy a printer that can do it all.Get more work done from home with the right home office setup!Click To Tweet
I use these 4 things in my home office every week, if not every day, and I can’t imagine getting my work done without them. Whether you work at home or in an office building, having the right setup can make all the difference in your productivity.
What’s the one thing you need the most to get work done?