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10 Simple Ways To Increase Productivity & Focus in Your Home Office


11 July 2017

Though working from home has its own unique benefits, it can sometimes be as distracting and challenging as working in an office, which can lead to a slump in your energy level and motivation. Increase productivity and focus in your home office by following these tips and rearranging your space:


Avoid clutter

Avoid clutter

Too much clutter can interfere with your thought process, especially when you’re trying to think about something that requires a higher level of concentration. Organise your things in boxes, compartments, or anything that helps to avoid clutter.


Use warm cool light

Use warm cool light

Get lightbulbs with a warm and cool light to allow you to relax as well as to maintain alertness. Avoid lightbulbs with unnatural light as they can cause distraction.


Allow plenty of natural light

Allow plenty of natural light

Your circadian rhythms need to be in sync with your current location for better sleep. Not only does being exposed to the sunlight helps you sleep better at night, your mental performance is improved. Allow plenty of natural light into your home office.


Install sliding doors for added privacy

Install sliding doors for added privacy

If you don’t have an extra room as a home office, and have made a small corner of an area of your house into your working space, you can install sliding doors for added privacy and to minimise distractions.


Choose an isolated room as your home office

Choose an isolated room as your home office

For those who are lucky to have an extra room as a home office, choose an isolated room away from noisy areas, especially the kitchen and living room. The attic is one of the most ideal spaces for a home office, as no one will want to go upstairs.


Reduce outdoor distractions with blinds or curtains

Reduce outdoor distractions with blinds or curtains

If you live next to the main road, a busy street, or anywhere where there’s constant crowd and noise, you’ll want to put up blinds or curtains in your home office to reduce outdoor distractions. They help to block distracting moving sights outside the window.


Play white noise in the background

Play white noise in the background

White noise helps with your concentration. There are plenty of playlists on Spotify and iTunes where you can listen to white noises for hours.


Install the Time Out Break Reminders App

Install the Time Out Break Reminders App

For improved concentration and productivity, you need to take regular breaks in between your work. If you keep forgetting to take breaks, try installing the Time Out Break Reminders App on your desktop.


Install apps that block distractions

Install apps that block distractions

Since your boss isn’t there to monitor you, it can be tempting to stray away from work and browse through social media or do other things besides work. Try installing apps that block distractions on your desktop, such as SelfControl, Freedom, Focus, Cold Turkey, and StayFocusd.


Ditch caffeine; drink alternative energy boosters

Ditch caffeine; drink alternative energy boosters

Drinking coffee and energy drinks filled with caffeine and sugar could further decrease your energy. Try alternative energy boosters instead, such as green tea, coconut water, kombucha, acai berry, ginseng, and berry, beet, and wheatgrass smoothie. You can either make these drinks on your own or buy them at health stores.

 

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Written by Dayana Sobri

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