I’ve made the switch to using Google Apps as my email client. I’ve been pretty happy, I must admit. It’s nice to have access anywhere and not have to deal with nursing my other application. However, I was making one mistake that dawned on me the other day.
If you’re like most, you do a bit of multi-tasking in your home office. If you have children, I’ll bet the are in there sometimes too. Also, if you’re like most, you do many different things in your home office. Sound familiar?
So, what happens in your home office?
If you work from home, it’s vital to set some boundaries around what happens in your home office. If it’s for work, only keep work related supplies in your home office. This is especially important if you are taking a home office deduction (consult your accountant for more details). On the other hand, if you are a serial home office multi-tasker, get creative! Continue reading What Happens In Your Home Office?→
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Ok, so I get positively weak in the knees when I see stylish storage and office supplies. It may be a sickness, but I’m willing to admit that there is something about a useful and eye-catching product that makes me swoon! So, I thought I would share some with you, so you could revel in them as well!
seejanework.com : What’s not to love about a company that sells stylish products for the woman on the go. Out with the black and brown leather man-ish products and in with the colorful and fresh!
getbuttonedup.com : Sometimes you just want a product that is straightforward and simple! Just make it useful, make it easy and make it cute! If you’re moving, getting a handle on your life, tracking your valuables or just trying to get some stuff done – this may be a good product for you!
wishingfish.com : So, have you ever walked out to your car and had to climb in the sunroof, because the car next to you had blatant disregard for the parking lines? How about giving them a parking ticket? Or, you’re out at the park and there is no soap anywhere around, but you have got to wash your hands? Try Paper Soap! Or you love french press coffee? Try a press for one! You can find all these things, and some other outlandishly brash and entertaining products here. Ok, and they have some organizing stuff too…..
russell+hazel : Stylish and functional, what’s not to love? Their “Audrey” line is breathtaking and worthy of the red carpet!
OFFICE : Located in Portland, Oregon, this quirky and style-conscious “office supply” store has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens! The owners are fun and the brick and mortar location has a fabulous vintage feel. Their website is well stocked and full of innovative products. Go check it out!
What’s YOUR favorite office supply or storage resource?
If you ask me, it is time to think outside the box, and beyond those sterile cubicles that corporations call offices. A home office can and should be a place where it is a joy to work in. It is your space after all, and you are free to do anything that helps you summon the work mood to nail your tasks. Now, home office remodeling is not associated with a particularly high ROI, but if you play it smart, there is a way to take your efficiency to the next level and avoid blowing the budget.
Personalizing the space is something that makes an impact on your mood and psyche. The good news is that there are many DIY projects that go easy on your budget and are not labor-intensive. Some home offices also double as hobby and craft room spaces, so do not hesitate to display your passion. Quirky accents, vintage accessories, and handmade crafts do miracles for an overall appeal of the space. At the very least, you can download, enlarge, and frame striking photos you find online. Give your office an instant facelift and this will pay off as sure as eggs.
Matters of functionality
It is also possible to boost the functionality, another hallmark feature, without overspending. Storage space is paramount as it allows you to come up with an uncluttered, clean space. Again, the DIY approach proves to be fruitful. For example, you can save precious desk space by assembling DIY wall storage. Vintage tins, coffee cans, and similar items do the trick just fine: You just need to strip off the label and add magnets. Feel free to go an extra mile and create a work desk out of solid-core wooden door. Just make sure it has appropriate storage compartments and ample space for your equipment.
A fresh start
The importance of fresh air and natural light in work environments cannot be stressed enough. First off, you can do yourself a favor and position your desk next to a window. It also helps to have a nice view, a soothing backdrop that is always there when you need it. But, some offices do not even feature a window, or it is strangely placed. In that case, make a difference with air fresheners and purifiers. Studies have found that nice smells make work errors less likely to occur, so fill the air with rejuvenating presence. Also, you can bring the outdoors in with potted plants and feel the comforting nature’s embrace.
In case your budget allows it, you should consider bigger projects and remodels. After all, a retreat tailored to good work habits can hold various amenities. Some of them can be close by, outside the core workplace. This saves much time and lets you get back to work ASAP. One good example is a tiny kitchen: You may be able to do things such as listening to educational videos and tutorials while making a launch. You would need proper appliances, storage, as well as plumbing and electrical systems. See what you can do yourself, and contact the local plumbers, designers and electricians for pro results.
Productivity on board
Finally, we present another frugal and simple addition that improves the ambiance and functionality. Namely, a simple whiteboard can bring about a significant boost in productivity. This dry-erase-friendly space for your scratch-work serves a multiple of purposes. You may also go for a chalkboard if that is your cup of tea. Chalkboard spray paint is used in kids’ rooms and kitchens, but there is no need to limit its application to those spaces. It may be messier, but it is also more stylish and enables you to take quick notes. Also, it can deliver a decorative touch to the space and make infuse it with a distinctive character.
Above and beyond
A physical environment has a profound effect on our work habits. Thus, a home office design should not be an afterthought, on the contrary. A dedicated work area can ignite your creativity and productivity, provided that you invest time, money and effort first. Use each square foot to its maximum capacity and look beyond conventional, commercial offices. You can spruce up your workspace even without spending a truckload of money. Treat yourself with a home office that captures your imagination, speaks to your sense of taste, and enables peak performance.
One question I am asked when meeting someone new is “So, what do you do?”. More often than not, when I tell them I am an Organization Consultant, they ask a handful of questions such as: “Oh, you’re one of those people with all your spices alphabetized?” (This one happens to be true.) Or “I would love to see your house. I bet it’s perfect!” *insert awkward silence here*