If you didn’t take time over Christmas to clean and organise your home office, Organise Your Home Office Day on March 8th is the perfect excuse to have a spring clean.
If you’re one of the millions of people around the world who works from home, you have a unique opportunity to mould your work space around you. So make the most of that and of Organise Your Home Office Day with these quick tips.
Begin with a purge
A purge is a cathartic exercise where you clean out any clutter that has accumulated and get rid of anything that doesn’t improve or encourage productivity. It’s also an opportunity to separate the personal from the business as the two have an annoying habit of mixing when you work from home.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a dedicated home office, remove as much clutter and distraction as possible to make it easier to get into a business mindset.
Build a system
If you don’t have one already, it’s time to create a system. By having a system, no matter how stressed, tired or busy you are, you can manage your workload effectively.
Every successful entrepreneur has a system so now is the perfect time to develop yours. If you work with paper, organise it by using an in-tray and out-tray. Buy some box folders and build a system that flows on one side, gets processed and is then filed on the other side. This will help keep your desk tidy too.
If you’re paper-free, do the same with your computer. Build a to-do list, make a pending folder and a processed folder. Then archive your processed folder regularly so you always know where you are.
Get your tech right
A fast and reliable broadband connection is something no home office should be without. Organise Your Home Office Day is the ideal opportunity to check you’re getting the best broadband deal, so compare providers and shop around. It could save you money while also giving you better performance.
Now is also a good time to ensure your computer and programs are current. Make sure you have all the latest patches and updates and that your information is secure. You could also experiment with security applications and backup tools to help you protect what’s yours. There’s no point being more productive if you don’t protect what you create!
You could also experiment with new applications which could improve productivity. For collaboration and remote meetings there are tools such as Sketchbook, Trello and GoToMeeting which can help keep teams organised even when they are working in different locations.
For note taking, Evernote and Google Keep allow you to jot down quick ideas and track tasks, with the benefit of having your notes synced to the cloud and accessible on both desktop and mobile systems.
Home workers also need to be aware of their health. Workaholics can spend much longer in front of their computer when at home, so a tool like the eyeCare extension for Chrome can warn you of eye strain, while F.lux (for desktop and mobile) can adjust screen settings depending on the time of day, so you’re not staring at a bright display late at night.
Organise Your Home Office Day isn’t just about giving your office a spring clean; it’s about polishing and refining how you work. If you want to work smarter and not harder, now is the time to start!