If you work from home, whether you are lucky enough to have negotiated some work from home days with your employer or you are running your own business form home, you need to have a good space to work in. Below are some tips on how to make the best possible space. Some people work best in bed or a chair but others prefer a neatly organised office space where they can feel professional. Try to consider what will be best for you and also consider the things below when planning.
Only you know what is likely to distract you when you are working. It could be television, phone, Internet, cat, a window or something else. You need to make sure that when you are working you are in a space clear from all distractions. This means that you need to choose the location and accessibility carefully. It is wise to be in a room with a door and so if there are other people or animals in the house you can shut them out. It is wise to not have a television or radio in the room and perhaps to not have Internet access. Obviously this will depend on the nature of what you are doing and whether Internet access is necessary for your work. If there is a window and seeing outside is likely to distract you then close the curtain. If you can also choose a space which is not noisy as that can also be distracting.
It is important to make sure that you have all of the resources that you need for your work nearby. You may need very little or you may need a lot of things, it all depends on the nature of the work that you do. You will need to make sure that you have everything that you need close to where you choose to work so that you are much more efficient. Having to move around all of the time, although it can keep you fit, will not necessarily be the best way to spend your time.
It is so important to keep everything neat and organised. Some people are more concerned about neatness than others, but it will be much easier to find things if they are stored away neatly. You will find that you will be able to more easily find things when you need them and will not waste time hunting for things. It will mean that you will also be able to find all your receipts and other information when doing your taxes, auditing, stock taking or general business review.
It is really important to feel that you are calm when you are working. With things being neat and stored away this should help. Also consider the layout of the room, colour of the wall and the general feeling. Make sure that the space is right for you and then you will be able to be at your most productive.