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4 Easy Ways to Streamline Your Home Office For Productivity

John James

John James

John James is a content writer for Learn To Trade, the foreign exchange education and learning specialists - offering a range of training courses to help people understand the currency trading market, as well as its opportunities and risks.

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Working from home can either provide an oasis of calm and comfort or an absolute minefield of lost productivity and distraction. The key to smarter and more productive working at home is all about streamlining your home office space, creating an efficient, clutter-free place to do business.

This post will serve as a one-stop-shop for inspiration, that’ll turn a rickety desk and a dodgy monitor into certified home office heaven, whatever your budget!

Declutter the Space

Most offices these days use little to no paper, and your home office should reflect this. If you’ve got a vast filing cabinet full of paper records, you might want to sift through these and work out whether they’re actually worth digitising or they wouldn’t be missed if they were thrown away. Besides, hoarding is so much easier when you’ve got a Dropbox account full of documents rather than a towering filing cabinet.

There’s almost a zen-like feeling to a fully optimised, decluttered home office. While we’re not quite saying that you should do away with your desk and chair and attempt your day’s work in the sun salutation yoga position, a clear desk should lead to a clear mind.

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You should be wary if productivity is the only thing you’re thinking about when designing your home office, as you could end up with a featureless room that inspires nothing but boredom after a while. Make sure your home office has plenty of natural light flooding in, as well as a view of the garden, to avoid going stir crazy fast!

Minimise Distraction

How distracted you’ll be at work depends on a number of factors - how busy your home is, how well you can focus and how well your room is optimised for quiet work. If you can, install your home office in an out-of-the-way area of your home, either by converting an upstairs spare bedroom or embarking on a garage conversion. 

Either way, you’re swerving high-traffic areas of your home where your kids might be charging about, meaning you can get your head down a lot easier.

Of course, if there’s no escape to a different floor of the home, it makes sense to invest in some measures to increase privacy.

If you have a glass-fronted door, why not purchase a blind so your family members know when not to enter the office? This measure will help you to work undisturbed, and might even mean you can get through a TV interview without interruption…

Keep it Homely

You should be wary if productivity is the only thing you’re thinking about when designing your home office, as you could end up with a featureless room that inspires nothing but boredom after a while. Make sure your home office has plenty of natural light flooding in, as well as a view of the garden, to avoid going stir crazy fast.

Another comfy touch you should consider is a comfortable armchair - ideal if you do a lot of reading in your job and need a cosy place to get to grips with a large document.

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Whatever the industry you’re working in from home, we hope these tips will point you in the right direction, towards a smart home remodel that places a functional and productive office at its heart!

Get All the Info You Need

Every office is different depending on the industry. If you’re a freelance illustrator, you’ll need a big desk and plenty of related hardware like a digital drawing pad. If you’re learning how to trade on various markets, you’ll need an array of screens showing real-time financial data alongside a television showing a business news channel such as Bloomberg - as keeping abreast of the latest developments is essential in this fast-paced field.

Another advantage of the home office is that you can decorate the whole room to your specifications - there’s no more awkward sharing of space with your colleagues. For example, you can use your walls to display project progress, general reminders or even just motivational quotes.

Whatever the industry you’re working in from home, we hope these tips will point you in the right direction, towards a smart home remodel that places a functional and productive office at its heart.