Starting a business or having a freelance job is not easy, especially if you don’t have a private office yet.
Previously, we told you how to make your business life with your current work, where the organization was included as a relevant point. That is why on this occasion we want to tell you seven tips to have better organization to work from home.
1. Make a list of the things you need
It is important to build your workspace based on your needs. In order to do this, you should ask yourself which tools you use the most in your daily life and which tasks are the most recurring. Ask yourself what the space where you are going to work needs: Do you use a computer, do you have many meetings with clients or suppliers, do you sell fashion, and do you want to set up a showroom?
Once you’ve put everything on the list, keep in mind which are the critical items, that is, the most relevant; is it more important to have a desk with a PC or to have a fax machine that throws colored lights? Once the list is prioritized, it is time to get going to get those elements.
2. Create an exclusive space
I defined a physical boundary between your personal stuff and your work stuff. Create a space that doesn’t contain personal things that can distract you from your daily tasks.
Analyze which elements are causing you distraction. Is a television nearby, is there a book you can’t stop reading, do you just want to play PlayStation?
Maybe it’s time to put these distractions aside and create a private space for them. This way, you’ll prevent them from affecting your concentration and be able to have higher productivity.
3. Make sure you are comfortable
When we see a picture of a smiling person working from a sofa with their notebook, we automatically think, “How I wish I could do the same.” The problem is that, unfortunately, working from a sofa for a long time affects your posture.
As we mentioned in the first point about having the necessary items, if you’re still not sure what they are, we can assure you that an ergonomic desk and chair are very important to give you more comfort.
4. Organize your space
Once you’ve selected the environment in which you’re going to work, consider the places you’re going to use to place the items. For example, if you have folders, make sure you have shelves or a library that allows you to store them. For library items such as biomes and rules, among others, you’ll probably want to get a desktop organizer that enables you to separate them and keep them within reach at the same time. [[AUTHOR: I’m not sure what is meant by “biomes and rules.” Please clarify. Thank you.]]
Optimizing space when it’s limited is key to working comfortably and in an organized way.
You may have to use another space to store other work tools. The important thing at this point is that what you use is often accessible and within your reach.
5. I got the right lighting
It’s an excellent time to study how much light makes you feel comfortable. In general, a high amount that you can then level with curtains will be a good starting point. Also, good lighting will allow you to stay awake and attentive to work tasks.
If your environment does not have access to natural light, we strongly recommend that you invest in good artificial lighting. On the one hand, you have to think that the environment has enough light and, on the other hand, we suggest that you also get a desk lamp that makes it easier for you to do more specific tasks, such as writing, reading, drawing, or any other task of your venture. Get the right lighting.
6. Create a climate that inspires you
Although in the second point of this article we mention not mixing personal issues with work, it does seem relevant to us that space inspires you with the things that surround you, or can make you feel motivated. An excellent way to achieve this is to have a blackboard with photos or clippings of graphic pieces of your interests.
There is no right formula for this point, but we do insist that every day you start working, you be surrounded by things that inspire and motivate you.
7. Keep a clear agenda
There are two key elements: a calendar and a clock, always in view.
Not only is it important to physically divide the staff’s workspace, but the work-time you define will impact the time you can enjoy doing other things: seeing friends or family, taking a course, going on a trip for a few days, and so on.
Time flexibility is one of the benefits of working independently, but it is also a double-edged sword in not knowing when to finish work or when to start.
For example, if you’re more productive at night, perfect! I defined a schedule so that during the day, you can rest and do other activities. The most important thing is the commitment to keep these schedules so that you can focus on your work and then relax. Keep a clear schedule.
We hope as always to have helped you with these tips and now, to put them into practice!