How To Make Working From Home Easier

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So many people have this preconceived idea that working from home is easy. For some reason, they assume that because you’re not leaving the house and driving yourself from A to B, that it isn’t a real job. But if you currently do remote work, be it running a business or something else, you will know that it isn’t easy – it can be extremely challenging, even more so than a regular job because you’re having to try and focus in a place that originally wasn’t made for work, it was made for comfort and security. It’s a balancing act that a lot of people will never understand until they’re in your shoes, and that’s okay.

But if you knew that there were things that you could do in order to make your life a lot simpler, you’d do them.

So here’s just a few examples of what can be done.

Remove any distractions

Distraction is every worker’s biggest issue, especially when you’re working from home. You will be surrounded by things that you’ll want to do, and part of your job is to block out all of those things so that you can get tasks done and meet all the deadlines and targets that you have been given. If you don’t live alone, then you are going to have to make sure that you are able to work when and if they’re home. It may be worth having a talk with them and explain that when you’re working – you’re working, and you can’t afford to break the concentration you have, otherwise it will be extremely hard to get it back again.

Update the software

If you’re stuck behind the times, then your business will be too. Technology is constantly improving and becoming more advanced, and that means that the software is as well. We all know how frustrating it is when you’re trying to find something on your device, be it a contact or a document, only to have to sieve through so many other files and data that cause you to waste valuable time that could be put to better use. And you don’t want that when you’re trying to do business. Symfact offers you software to be able to take full control over your contracts like vital business transactions, so you can keep everything else looking organized and tidy.

Create the space

Regardless of how big or small your house is, you need to ensure you have enough space to work in. So if, for example, you have a spare room that is full of storage, then it would be a very good idea to clean this out and turn it into a suitable office space for you to work in and call your own. Or maybe you can even look at small cabins that can be put in the garden. You will find things extremely difficult if you’re trying to work in bed, or in the living room where you usually hang out, because that is the place you go for downtime, and using that for work will mess up the structure of everything.

Is Your Office Making You Unproductive? Four Quick Fixes

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When it comes to our office environment, could it be that we’re only as good as our surroundings? Numerous studies have indicated that the environment we work in can have a huge impact on our health, wellbeing, mental focus and productivity, so its surprising that small companies don’t invest more time in making the right changes to promote a culture of co-operation and creativity. However, despite the wealth of evidence to the contrary nearly half of employers still say that they don’t consider workplace design a good business investment.

From large-scale ergonomic changes such as investing in new seating, changing office layouts to enhance collaboration or smaller touches such as adding deck coating systems to make transform a rooftop into a staff recreational area, to smaller touches, a few adjustments could make a huge impact.

Lighting Your Space

After air quality, lighting is one of the single biggest factors in producing a comfortable working environment, but it also tends to be one of the most overlooked. Bad lighting is the cause of myriad health problems for workers, including lack of concentration, eye strain, headaches and low mood. Natural light is always the best option, but many of us don’t have the luxury of a desk by a window. Portable light therapy devices can be one solution you can proactively introduce.

Noise Levels

The current vogue for open-plan everything certainly has benefits in terms of making collaboration easier, but noise pollution is a significant downside of this approach. Not only can loud conversations from co-workers be distracting, but they can also cause a constant, low-level form of stress that is highly detrimental over time. Luckily, noise-canceling headphones can be a godsend for managing noise in the office, while online music streaming services offer white noise or calming playlists intended to promote focus. If you work from home, these can even be useful as many find complete silence just as detrimental to their focus in its own way.

Air Quality

Probably the single most important factor from a physical perspective, air quality isn’t often something that gets mentioned, but it can severely impact our productivity and wellbeing. The OSHA has estimated the total annual cost of poor air in our offices actually costs employers $15 billion in lost efficiency and increased sick leave. Your office should consider fitting or upgrading air filters, or personal desk-based ones can be used, although these tend to be drastically less efficient. A cheap hack is just to buy in lots of green potted plants – these calm our minds and are also nature’s air filters, providing a steady supply of clean, purified oxygen.

Unwanted Clutter

You may feel that your clutter makes you creative, but actually messy environments around us are linked to poor concentration, and can cost us time when it comes to the daily hunt for the stapler. Focus on keeping your immediate environment harmonized by allocating ten minutes at the end of each day to a quick file away and wipe down of your desk. Smart office storage solutions are available to help you minimize piles of paper, too.