From household bills to invoices, study time to home admin, we all own and utilise some kind of home office. Maybe you have the luxury of an entire room, or maybe you just make do with the end of the kitchen counter. Either way, you could make dealing with all your life admin so much easier if you made your home office work for you.
If you’re struggling to keep on top of your paperwork, if your filing system is non-existent or the kids are always rummaging through your notebooks and using all your stationery, then don’t panic. Read on for how you can make your home office work for you and make your home and business life much easier.
Update your equipment
That old laptop you’ve had since 2016? It needs upgrading as soon as possible. Once you have a new computer system in place you can then add on other programmes and software to make your home/work life easier. Click here for Scribbr’s latest plagiarism checker. Make good use of your online calendars and sync your other smart devices with your new laptop. It’ll make things so much easier for you.
Keep it clutter-free
When it comes to productivity and creating an efficient workspace, clutter is the enemy. If you find sitting at your desk or in your home office space stressful and unpleasant, then maybe you have a clutter issue. Keeping your desk area clutter-free is good for stress relief and is better for your productivity. You can see where things are, it’s clean and hygienic and creates a pleasant environment to work in. Keep your home office area free of dirty cups and plates, the kids’ toys, crumpled paper, broken pens, dust, grime and anything else that doesn’t belong.
Set some ground rules
If you have children at home, then it’s important to set some ground rules around your workstation. Let them know that nothing on there is to be touched, if they’re looking for pens, paper or if they want to use the computer they need to ask your permission first. The last thing you want is for all your hard work to be deleted after a couple of innocent clicks.
Create a simple filing system
Even though most correspondence will probably come via email, you may still have letters to deal with. Permission slips, hospital appointments, bills and reminders. Make your home office work for you by creating a simple filing system. Use drawer dividers or purchase an expanding file box so you can keep everything neat and tidy. If you really have the time and would prefer not to be bogged down with paper, scan your letters into your computer and save them instead.
Good lighting in a home office is everything. You cannot be expected to work efficiently if you can’t see what you’re doing. Invest in a good quality desk lamp and ensure that any dark and gloomy areas are filled with light. Filling your office with plenty of natural light is also beneficial for your mental health and productivity levels.