Over the past 3 years, working from home has become more and more common. As lease prices for offices rise across Australia – as well as across the world – companies are regularly making the switch, allowing their employees to work remotely on a full-time or part-time basis. It saves them money. It saves their staff the commute. Everybody wins.
Actually getting anything done when working from home, however, is another challenge entirely. With TV, other people in your home and every other distraction possible thrown into the mix, staying productive can be a challenge. As a result, crafting a positive working environment is the key to your long-term remote working success.
Just as with the location of your property, the same rule counts for the location of your working space within. Remember – you’re going to be spending the majority of your day sat in this room, so it needs to be a productive, inspiring space.
Focus your efforts on finding the best room in your house and converting it into a home-working hub, with plenty of natural lighting. It also needs to be a big enough space so you’re not swimming in paperwork, or tripping over files. Nothing is going to ruin your Monday morning more than throwing your first coffee of the week over next week’s financial reports.
Keep it Tidy
We shouldn’t have to remind anyone of this, but it’s an essential part of any home office’s composition, so we will. Working from home isn’t going to give you an excuse for not having answers to hand, so if your boss calls you asking for information, you don’t want to be burrowing through a mountain of paperwork, hastily trying to locate it.
You can avoid this situation by sorting out your filing early on. Get the proper organisational hierarchy in place, and it’ll be that much easier to stick to. Pick up some cheap dividers, in-trays and files to stay on top of everything. That way, next time that phone call comes in, you’ll know exactly where to look.
Distance Yourself from Easy Distractions
So, maybe you’re working in your living room. And maybe that living room has a TV. And maybe a new episode of your favourite show has just landed on Netflix. Freeze – it might seem harmless, but you’re only a few clicks away from throwing your whole day out the window. The Netflix autoplay feature is an absolute killer to your productivity, so you need to distance yourself from any distractions.
Set up shop in a room where the only screen is the one on your computer, and get to work. If need be, you can also download apps on your smartphone that’ll lock it for a certain amount of time. If you’re an Instagram or Facebook addict, this’ll stop you from logging on and procrastinating for a set amount of time.
Make Space for More Permanent Remote Working Arrangements
If you’ve got a busy home (and are prone to distractions, preventing you from working from a main room), you might need to carve out some space in another area of your house. If it looks like you’re going to be working from home for a while, it might be worth setting more permanent roots.
Finding free space isn’t always easy, but that’s where self-storage comes in. for a relatively small amount of money each month, you can store your unneeded items for as long as you need. When you work out the amount of money you’ll be saving on your commute, it pays for itself. You can find a suitable self-storage firm by Googling “Self-storage facilities near me” or, if you’re in the North Beach area, we can help. Get in touch with us for your free quote.