Step Into My Home Office…

Home OfficeWith these clever tips on how to set up shop at your place, there’s no excuse for not getting your “home work” done quickly and efficiently.

 

  • Have a designated work space so there’s a clear delineation between business and pleasure. If you can’t dedicate an entire room to your home office, consider setting up in the garage, attic or simply a quiet nook. The key is to minimise the number of distractions (like the refrigerator and pantry).
  • As tempting as working from the couch sounds, it’s best to take care of business at a proper home office suite or computer desk. Choose one that’s a light to medium colour with a matt finish to much reflection off a dark or shiny desktop.
  • Complement your desk with a quality, fully-adjustable ergonomic chair, proper lighting to minimise eye strain, plus ample shelves and filing cabinets to get (and stay) organised.
  • Are you predominantly office-bound? Then a desktop computer is great bang for your buck. Do you often “take it outside”? Laptops and Ultrabooks come in a range of sizes. You may even want to consider an iPad or tablet as a secondary device.
  • Dual monitors will aid productivity, so consider a second screen. Set up the monitor(s) side-on to any windows to avoid glare from external light.
  • Regardless of the operating system your computer runs, anti-virus/security software is essential protection against malware. Depending on the nature of your work, there’s a great range of business, educational, plus graphics and multimedia software to choose from.
  • Get rid of messy cables by setting up a wireless network (Wi-Fi), which lets multiple computers connect to the Internet and “talk” with other devices, like a printer.
  • What type of printer will you need? Laser printers produce fast, sharp print for text-heavy documents. Ink-jet printers are great for high quality colour output, like photos. Or you can choose a multifunction printer that combines a printer, copier, scanner and fax machine.
  • While a lot of today’s communication is done via mobile phones – and no doubt your smartphone will be an invaluable tool on your business travels – consider connecting a home phone with built-in answering machine, as well. A wireless headset frees you up to multi-task.
  • You’ll be kicking yourself if you lose any of your work, so guard your electrical equipment with a surge protector and back up your files on an external hard drive.
  • And finally, jazz up the joint with prints and plants to create a productive environment. Establish proper work hours and hang a clock in your work space. Remember to take regular breaks – have a stretch or, even better, go for a walk – so you remain focused. All work and no play makes Jack (or Jill) very dull, indeed!

 

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  1. It is definitely possible to create a home environment that will allow you to become more productive when working. Just make sure that the supplies that you commonly need are available and there is enough space for you to remain comfortable even when tasks are more demanding than usual.

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