Find the perfect spot
Of course, hopefully you’re lucky enough to have your own bespoke, fitted home office (see our website for our home office case studies), but if you haven’t, ensure you find somewhere that is solely yours and out of the way of pedestrian traffic. Purchase a work station (table or desk) that is used for you and your work tasks alone.
Choose Ergonomically Suitable Furniture
A more comfortable environment will ensure a more productive and focused work day. Buy an adjustable chair to help save you from back and leg pain. Raising your computer slightly to a more comfortable height will help you remain neck pain free too!
Remove anything from your work area that is not useful for work, or may distract you from tasks at hand, and don’t hang on to things that no longer work.
Manage the Cables
Living with a rat’s nest of cables under your desk can be a nightmare. They look unattractive, and can snag on your feet. Straighten them out and bundle together with ties, or stick them to the underside of your desk with adhesive clips.
Wireless keyboards and computer mice will free up your work surface from cord clutter too.
Light Your Work Space Adequately
Invest in sufficient lamps to ensure your work area is properly lit for whichever activities you require. It will make life a lot easier and put less strain on your eyes.
Label, Label, Label
Investing in a label printer will mean you can find everything you want in your discs and files easily and quickly.
The Importance of Shelving
Fitted or free standing shelves are a great way to display everything you need without it getting in your way. Use them to store files, books and even stationery for easy access.
Invest in a shredder and destroy unnecessary paperwork. Do this on a weekly basis to stop it from piling up: file what you need and shred the rest. Also, if printed work is available on the internet, store it on the computer, and remove the paper version from your office.
Alphabetise the Filing Cabinet
This makes is so much easier to find everything you need. Also add new materials at the back of each folder so you’ve got easy access to the most current information. And don’t overfill the cabinet – periodically have a paper purge to make it easy to see inside the hanging folders.
Organising your workspace at the end of each day makes it an awful lot easier to return to the next working day – file papers, re-shelve books, put stationery back. You’ll come back to a clean, uncluttered environment that invites you back for yet another focused, productive day.