Spurring You On To Work: The Functions Of The Right Home Office

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For every person attempting to fix their work-life balance, inevitably, the topic of working from home comes to mind. Working from home provides so many different benefits for each and every one of us, not just because we get to spend more time with our loved ones; it has been shown to have a positive impact on our frame of mind. A major reduction in commuting time is one of the more obvious positives, but, in order to do this effectively, you need to have a few things in place to make the office productive, and as conducive to a working environment as possible. What do you need?

A Space Far Away From Any “Traffic”

It’s all well and good having a place to work from home, but if you’re not going to get any work done, because of the amount of foot traffic going through your house, you are not going to view this as a working environment. Make sure you have a room that’s far away from any signs of life. If this isn’t possible, it’s time to put some ground rules in place. While it’s all very good you working at home, you still need to treat it as if it is a workplace, and that is the only way you will get anything done.

Just The Right Amount Of Distraction

You want to be focused on your work, but also, you need to be suitably enthused. While there are little productivity methods, like the Pomodoro technique, you need to ensure that you’ve got enough stimuli around you to keep you inspired. Working by a window can at least give your eyes a break from the mundanity of the computer screen, or setting up an office space with glass doors can prove useful in terms of a sense of transparency, but you have to be sure that it’s not going to distract you too much. For something like glass doors, branding window films can provide a nice aesthetic to your interior glass, reminding you that you can do what you want in your own home office environment. You don’t have to stick to the rules and regulations of the office you tend to go to. So, as long as it doesn’t distract you too much, you can put up paintings, pictures, or any designs that will aid your productivity.

Keep It Comfortable, But Not Too Comfortable

Comfort at home is an overwhelming positive when you decide to work where you live, but it can’t be too comfortable, otherwise, you won’t have any productive days. This is why it’s a good idea to separate the office from the rest of the house, and treat it like it is a place to work, rather than a place to relax. But when you are working at home, you still need adequate downtime, in which case, comfortable furnishings like an ergonomic chair, can provide that little bit of comfort, but not too much of it.

It’s very difficult to be productive when you’re at home, and while setting up an office is the first step, you need to make sure that it doesn’t cross over into the rest of your home. You need that balance between productive and relaxed, so start to think about what spurs you on to work.

Taking The Next Step Into Management: Industries And Tips To Thrive

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Sometimes it can be hard to think about developing your career and you can be guilty of getting stuck in a rut. You can be become comfortable with your chosen job, perhaps happy and content with the wages that you earn or even the lifestyle you can afford, but these shouldn’t be the reasons why you wouldn’t want to progress. There is so much more that you could have and management could help you afford that lifestyle like extra holidays or luxuries in life. So I thought I would share with you some of the industries where you can step into management roles and how best to make that happen.

The engineering industry

Maybe you are currently working in the engineering industry. Perhaps out on construction sites, in factories or on the shop floor. There tends to be a direct route when it comes to the career path and management can often be the ideal next step to take. It does, however, mean that you need to think about things like taking a masters in engineering management online to help you learn the necessary skills to progress in this way. It could certainly give you the edge against other potential candidates and it could help you secure the job easier.

The sales environment

Working in sales can give you a real buzz, and so it’s understandable that if you have begun to thrive in your sales environment that you may be looking for the next step. A chance to further increase your earning potential while progressing with your career and management can be a great way to do that. However, to progress into management you do need to have a consistent track record in sales. You need to be able to perform so that you have the respect to lead others in the same way.

The office environment

Perhaps you are currently working in an office. Maybe you work in administration or accounts, and you are looking for the next step. Ideally there will be some form of office manager in place. This could be your next move. Shadowing this manager and taking on any extra courses to learn new skills could help. This alongside taking on additional responsibility could show that you are ready for the next move.

Working for yourself

Finally, could working for yourself be the answer? So many people have the dream of being their own boss and yet many of them don’t have the tenacity to make it happen. You could make it happen. It might be that you already have a hobby that could be turned into a business. You may have had an idea that just won’t go away. Or you might just have skills that could be easily freelanced to help you kick start your own business. Whatever it it, it could be the key to your own success and becoming the manager of your own destiny when it comes to your career.

I hope that this has motivated you to consider the next step you could take with your career.

The Secret To Unleashing Your Productivity

Distractions

There are plenty of myths surrounding productivity, but most of them are false because they’re centered on being more focused or giving perks. Managers would love to find the magical whip they can use to micromanage workers, but that stuff doesn’t work in the post-industrial days. Productivity is getting in a “flow” similar to when an athlete gets in the “zone.” It’s not as simple as snapping your fingers and you’re there. Instead it’s about controlling your surroundings and tuning out the noise that distracts us in a technologically driven world.

Rationally thinking becoming hyper-focused is the key, but it’s not. It’s like when you’re having a hard time falling asleep, the more you try the worse it gets. Actually when you “turn off your brain” is when you naturally dose off. I found as working as a Millennial Coach, the key lies with removing distractions. This can be as simple as venting to someone else. Imagine entering a room frustrated, then leaving refreshed. Work isn’t even discussed, but you feel ready to conquer the world walking out. Companies such as Zappos and Google are forward-thinking enough to provide the optimal environments to enhance productivity. Back to the analogy of the micromanaging boss, in order to unleash your optimal performance trust must be given freely. It is not without consequences, but a person should be innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around. Leaders empower productivity, they don’t control it.

The next time you’re watching a sporting event, watch how athletes prepare before the game. Most have headphones on and are listening to their favorite music. Why? Besides possibly being sponsored to wear a certain brand, it’s a pre-ritual to help calm their mind and body. The term corporate wellness gets thrown around a lot these days, but essentially its function is to counter the daily stress with an outlet of release or relaxation. Most people wake up, grab coffee and stumble into work wondering why they’re not in the mood to produce at a high level. You may not be able to listen to music by yourself during work, but you can go for a morning workout, eat a healthy breakfast or listen to music that calms or motivates you in the car during your commute.

Lastly, I can’t emphasize how crucial to your success coping is. That means being able to deal with curveballs thrown at you frequently. You can’t control what happens to you, but you can control how you respond to it. Re-framing situations from negative to positive is merely turning that frown upside down. Your mind has the ability to pause in situations that don’t feel right and choose to focus on something else. For example, if you’re given a new assignment that has a hard deadline soon instead of complaining about it, stop, re-prioritize and drop what you’re currently doing to work on what’s more urgent. A split second is all it takes to catch yourself from going down a hole of despair to re-framing to what’s more positive.

So the next time you’re having a problem getting focused, think about your environment. Experiment with what’s conducive to your optimal performance and tinker with it constantly like a game. There are some factors, like meetings or an annoying co-worker, that you can’t control, but you’d be surprised to know a lot of your performance has to do with what you decide to tune out.