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Last month in my “Getting Down to Business” newsletter I talked about how managing office space better can save a business money.

Now I want to turn the focus on managing a home office, which many of us have these days.

Here are some ideas to help you stay focused, increase your productivity, and work more efficiently. You’ll also save money!

Simple and Clutter-free

Keeping your office area simple and clutter-free can save you a lot of money – and make you more productive and focused. Avoid filling up your office space with things you do not need.

In most cases, a simple and comfortable desk, with a good chair, and a filing cabinet does the job! I encourage those who have hired me to help them with their home office space to think “minimal, comfortable, but functional.”

Do Not Disturb Sign

Think of your home office work time as sacred. If you need to, hang a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your office door. Be more discerning about which distractions you allow to interfere with your work.

Office Supplies

Being organized and having your office supplies readily available is very important. Create an area specifically for office supplies, so that you can see what you have and avoid buying things that you do not need. Consider making your office supplies off-limits to others in your household. These Poppin desk organizing products are colorful and functional.

Paper Flow

The #1 reason people hire me is that their paper clutter is out of control. Create an incoming mail processing system and paper-flow systems that prevent paper piles. Consider using the scanner found in most printers these days and moving what you can to “digital” filing.

Avoid Impulse Buying

Do you really need the latest “home office” gadget or is it going to create more clutter? Just because it’s on sale this week doesn’t mean you need it! Buying only what you really need saves you money in the long run.

Turn Off Social Media

Social media can be a major distraction for those who work at home. Tools like LeechBlock and StayFocusd can help you stay on track and eliminate social media distractions when you need to be focused.

Dealing With Isolation

Some people struggle at their home office because of the isolation. Be sure to take a break even if it’s only for a short walk to get some fresh air. Schedule breaks into your day.

Decoration

Perk up your office with fresh flowers or some wall art to create a happy home work space!

Start and End Your Day with a Clean Desk

Studies show that starting the day with a clean, clutter-free desk and ending the day the same way makes people happier and more productive. Give it a try and see for yourself!

nancy-blackIf you have questions now, please don’t hesitate to reach out now. I offer businesses a complimentary no-obligation discovery consultation.

To learn more you can reach me at (978) 922-6136.