Tip #16: Multi-task with a purpose(Part of the 31 Days of Home Office Organizing Tips)
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!
Zones can help with productive multi-tasking.
I’m not talking about the kind of multi-tasking where you are answering email, talking on the phone and writing an article. I’m talking about several activities combined in one room. If you’re an entreprenuer, you’ve probably got several streams of income. Group your activities in different areas or containers in your home office. Keeping them separate will also help with focusing, so you actually get one thing done, and move onto the next.