Our friends over at GHA Technologies created this handy interactive PDF on the tools you would need to create the perfect space for working from home. (click the image at the bottom to view/download)
This goes along perfectly with these 7 tips for a productive home office.
1. Think Like A Mouse
And find the quietest corner of your house. While some people need some background noise to work, others find any noise at all (a barking dog, a noisy air vent, playful children) incredibly disturbing.
2. Declutter Your Desk
It’s pretty obvious that swimming through extra papers and pens delays your progress, but what exactly should you have on your desk? Honestly, not much. Only keep the necessities such as your current project, a notebook, and a pen.
3. And The Rest Of Your House
It might take a bit more than clearing your desk to focus your mind. In other words, as much as you want to ignore your messy living room, shutting your office door might not be enough to convince you that your mess has disappeared. Spend a couple of minutes each night tidying up, so that the next morning you’re ready for business.
4. Bring In Some Green
Though you probably shouldn’t set up shop in your garden, you can definitely bring some of the outdoors in. A desk or floor plant is a great way to add a breath of fresh air to your workspace and create some visual variety when your eyes need a break from the screen.
5. Try A Calming Scent
For some, soft, wafting scents can soothe the usual stress of thought blockages and procrastination, resulting in increased focus. Besides having a nice smell, essential oils like lavender and jasmine can actually give you all sorts of great natural boosts.
6. Use A Smaller To-Do List
Before you begin tackling the day’s tasks, spend 10 minutes creating a detailed checklist. Then, spend another five making an even shorter checklist of tasks you absolutely know will get done in the next couple of hours.
7. Take Meaningful Breaks
When it’s time to take a break, most of us default to clicking over to Facebook for a while. But for a more productive way to recharge your batteries, try reading relevant articles to give you some inspiration, learning about new innovations in your field, or even taking a walk around your block.
With a quiet, beautiful space and some help from technology, working from home will be a piece of cake.