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Home-Office Hacks for Higher Productivity

10. December 2014 07:44

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When you work from home, it can be hard to stay focused. There are dogs at your feet that need to be cuddled. You can pace around in your bathrobe and there’s no one around to think less of you. You’re the king of your castle, but absolute power corrupts absolutely. Before you know it, you’re trying to find the end of the Internet or viewing hundreds of cute animal videos. The day comes and goes in an unproductive blur, but you do know a lot more about bunnies than you did this morning (e.g., that hoppy dance of joy is called a “binky.” Who knew?).

Maybe this is an extreme example that is most definitely not written from firsthand experience. As a small-business owner, you likely have a lot more self-control than that. But when your time is already stretched thin, it doesn’t hurt to find new ways to maximize your efficiency. Your bottom line will thank you when your extra productivity translates into more output and more revenue.

Let’s take a look at some home-based office tips that shift your productivity into high gear. 

Tap into the Senses to Set the Tone for Your Workday

Lighting is one of the keys to creating atmosphere. (Just ask any restaurant owner – they know what’s up.) Cast too dim a glow, and you’ll be snoozing at your desk before lunchtime. Shine a desk lamp on your computer, and you may feel as though you’re being hunted down by a helicopter’s searchlight.

There are some simple ways you can tweak your home office to invite the spirit of productivity in. Put these quick and cost-effective tips (courtesy of this Entrepreneur infographic) to use:

Easy Ways to Get Your Head in the Game

Hey, your office looks good! Is that jasmine I smell? Wait, why are you still watching bunny binky videos on YouTube? The Internet isn’t going anywhere.

Ah, I spy a few problems. Let’s take a look at your desk and see what you can do to stay focused and get work done:

Take Five to Manage Stress and Get Focused

It’s no surprise that stress is the bane of productivity. You might find yourself staring at the clock, thinking about upcoming deadlines and the hundred million things you have to get done before you can call it a day. But letting your stress demons get the better of you is a surefire way to make sure you don’t get as much done.

So take a deep breath. Relax. Impossible, you say? Try these stress-relief tips on for size:

Feeling better? For more home-office tips and trends, be sure to read our home-based business blog series.

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General | Home-Based Business | Small Business | Tips for All Small Businesses

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