7 Home Office Tips to Increase Productivity

Working from your home office can have incredible benefits – such as getting to stretch out in your own space and avoiding a daily traffic jam. However, it is not without its fair share of productivity pitfalls.

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Do you just want to figure out a way to reduce distractions while working remotely? Either way, keep reading for 7 home office tips that will help your productivity soar to new heights.

Home Office Tip #1: Invest in a Comfortable Chair

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Increase productivity by investing in a comfortable chair for your home office. After all, it can be really hard to focus when you’re sitting in an office chair that doesn’t support your body ergonomically. Find a seat that suits your needs so you can focus on your work – instead of your aching back.

Home Office Tip #2: Get an Idea Board

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Have a lot of ideas but not a lot of time to execute? Don’t let things around your home office distract while you’re on deadline – create space to be creative with an idea board! Use a cork or dry erase board to do a brain dump and get back to the tasks at hand. The type of board doesn’t matter – pick whatever speaks to your style – it is your home, after all.

Home Office Tip #3: Add an Additional Monitor

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Adding an additional screen or two might make a difference in your workday – especially if you are a developer, designer or creative professional of any kind. Become a multitasking expert when you expand your view. You’ll be surprised how much easier it is to code, design, write, research or use photoshop.

Home Office Tip #4: Declutter Unused Office Supplies

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When was the last time you used the stapler or stationary that’s taking up space on your desk? If you’re a designer, developer or freelancer who works digitally, you might be find yourself holding on to traditional office supplies that you don’t even use. Make the most of your home office by decluttering on a consistent basis and see how your productivity skyrockets.

Home Office Tip #5: Take Frequent Eye Breaks

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Try taking a small break to rest your eyes and boost productivity. While it might sound counterintuitive, eye breaks can help you see your work with fresh eyes – allowing you to problem solve while reducing eyestrain. Every 20 minutes, take a break from looking at your screen and see if eye breaks work for you.

Home Office Tip #6: Play Music for Motivation

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One of the benefits of working from home is being in your own space. Get into a good groove by curating a WFH playlist of your favorite tunes. Try listening to music that makes you feel motivated or using songs to time quick tasks – such as replying to emails. Music can also be a way to limit distractions from other household members – as they are less likely to bother you if you have your headphones on.

Home Office Tip #7: Wear Real Clothes that are Comfortable

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You don’t have to wear a suit and tie (unless you want to) but you should wear real clothes when you’re working from home. Avoid blurring the lines between home and work life too much by ditching your pajamas during the workday. Opt for comfortable, work-appropriate clothing instead. If you can’t give up your sleepwear, make sure you keep a spare set of work clothes nearby – just in case the boss wants to hop on an unexpected video call.

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