Do you work from home or thinking about doing so?
Nowadays employers are offering more flexible working options and many people are self-employed and entrepreneurial. Just check out what the latest statistics here.
If you decide to make the change and work from home, it’s important to have the right atmosphere for productivity, and to differentiate your work life from your home life.
In this post we’ve included a number of ways that you can optimise your home office. Find out which ones best suit you by reading below.
How To Make Your Home Office Just Like A Corporate Office
Add a whiteboard wall to your space
It’s easier than you think to create a whiteboard wall, you have plenty of products to choose from. Our suggestions would be opting for either whiteboard paint like Smart Whiteboard Paint, or a writable wallpaper like Smart Whiteboard Wallpaper or Smart Whiteboard Wallpaper – Low Sheen.
You won’t need to worry about masking tape or border tape and your dry erase space can be as large or as small as you like. Use your wall for keeping track of your to-do list, writing daily actions, brainstorming and keeping track or ideas or reminders. Once you start using a whiteboard wall, you won’t know how you worked without one.
Keep everything you need close at hand
Keep your stationary, paper, paperclips, cables, chargers, pens – all of the things you use daily – close to hand. This will minimise the amount of time you spend on your feet, and maximise your output. A tallboy with lots of drawers can contain all of this paraphernalia neatly and tidily, without looking like office furniture.
Make your office suit you
As you’ll be working mostly by yourself it is important to organise your space in a way that best suits you. Making sure you have a work space that suits you is one of the most important things about working remotely. If you are thinking about working remotely you can check out this post which has the information you could need.
If you prefer stand-up meetings, consider a taller desk or shelf where your laptop or phone can sit with a camera angled at you for sharing screens or being on camera.
Working from home can be mega productive. Less meetings perhaps, less watercooler chats, less downtime overall. But you can – and should – plan your home office space so it fits your work style and your comfort.
How To Be More Productive Using A Whiteboard Wall
By adding a whiteboard wall to your home office it will begin to resemble a regular office. But how can you make sure it will help with productivity? You want to make sure this is an addition to your home office that you will actually use.
Need inspiration? Check out some of the ways we suggest using a whiteboard wall in your home office below.
- List all of your projects on the wall. Assign key dates, actions and deliverables under each.
- If you manage remote teams, list each team member’s KPIs so you can stay focused and manage each person or team effectively.
- Use your wall during skype calls or hangouts to show people what you are thinking of. Design or draw on the wall before the call. It’s quicker and easier than a powerpoint.
- Maintain a scribble pad or ideas area on your wall. As new ideas spring to mind, jot it down on the wall and then get back to what you are working on.
- If you have meetings in your home office, dry erase wallpaper is a great way to manage your meetings. Get people on their feet. Work on the walls.
- Declutter your workspace. No need for flipcharts, boards, nails in walls or any ugly stuff.
- Stand up and work on the wall at times during the day. Get your circulation as well as your creative juices flowing.
Thinking about updating your home office and want it to look more like a commercial office space? Try writable walls.
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