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Tidying Up Your Home Business

Most people don’t realise quite how much their job can invade their lives when they start to work from home. With all of your tasks being handled from your living room or bedroom, it will be hard to stay on top of your work without letting it spill over. Along with this, work spaces always feel like work, and this makes it a challenge for a lot of people to separate their home and working lives. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some steps which can be taken to tidy your home business, making it far easier to keep yourself focused on what matters.

 

Separating Your Spaces

While it may be nice to work in your lounge or bedroom from time to time, it doesn’t make sense to use these areas as your main workspaces. Unfortunately, when you mix areas like this, it will be hard to escape from your work. Instead, it’s always best to try and find a space which can be used as an office. Garages, spare rooms, and just about any other room with access to electricity will be perfect for this, and you can find all of the furniture you need on websites like Amazon, making it incredibly easy to get started.

 

Putting Things Away

It’s hard to forget about your work when you’re constantly surrounded by it. A lot of home workers make the mistake of leaving their work out for the next day when they finish up, but this can often result in working much longer hours than you should be. Using stacking containers maximises storage space, making it nice and easy to hide all of your work away until you need to start doing things to it again. Alternatively, there are loads of different types of storage furniture available across the web, and they can all help you to keep tomorrow’s jobs hidden away until the time is right. Going through the process of tidying your work up each day will also help to make you feel like you’re all done with work.

 

Being Strict With Yourself

For those who live alone and want to work from home, it’s crucial that your strict with yourself when it comes to the amount of work you do. You’re a hard worker, but this doesn’t mean that you have to spend every waking hour at the grindstone. If you live with other people, you can use them as a reminder of when it is time to get on with normal life. A lot of people struggle to create a divide between their home and work lives, but your family and friends won’t want to spend time with someone who only thinks about work.

With all of this in mind, you should be in a much better position to start tidying up your home business. Working from home is never easy, and you often have to learn a lot when you first start this process. Of course, though, as time goes on, it will get easier and easier to push yourself forward with this sort of work.

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20 Minute Mini Tasks For Productivity

When you are running a business and a home, sometimes it can get a little messy. You need to be great with managing your time while feeling like you have no time to get everything done. First things first, every time you sit down at your computer make sure it has a purpose. That whatever it is you do makes a difference to your business. Big or small doesn’t matter, aim to be productive. 

 

  • Fix your website. It might be that you actually need someone trained in web design to do this for you, if so then now is the time to decide what your goals are. If you are doing it yourself, then you should make sure that you update all of your plugins as soon as you get the notification. This helps keep all of your website’s functionalities in excellent working order and stops it from being vulnerable to attacks. Check that your theme is what you want to it be. Clear up clutter, update out of date links and information. Set a timer and see just how much you can do in 20 minutes

 

  • Clean your workspace. This is where preparation pays. Have some screen wipes, keyboard putty and disinfectant wipes in your desk drawer. Set your egg times and clean everything down. Put wrappers in the bin, hoover the floor, use the putty on your keyboard to remove dust, crumbs and other debris. Clean under your mouse mat too. 

 

  • Schedule your social. Use your twenty minutes to curate a super slick social media campaign. You know what you have coming up, and you know what you want people to talk about when it comes to your business. So click the timer and put in as much as you can. This is made much easier using the following tools:

 

 

  • Plan your month ahead. If you have product launches, events, networking, meetings or you just need to plan in a day of rest use 20 minutes to get it finished. 

 

  • Creative minutes. This will take a few sets of 20 but will be totally worth it. Head to Canva or Picmonkey and create some graphics for your social media campaigns. Use their templates to help you get precisely what you need. If you like you can even upgrade and enjoy their premium plan which allows you to use your brand colors and helps you preset fonts too. 

 

  • Emails. These are such time suckers. Spent 20 minutes in the morning replying, then move on to your next task. Then again in the evening use 20 minutes to follow up and response to things that need to be acknowledged. 

 

You will be surprised just how much you can manage on any given day if you work in neat time slots. Parkinson’s law is that your task will stretch out to the time you allow yourself to do it. Like cleaning your desk – that could take all day, unless you work with a timer!

 

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Office Design Tips For Success

 

The office is a place where many of us set up of home and spend most of our time. It is a space where we work, socialise and develop professionally and should be a productive and inspiring setting. 

Office Design is important for a good workplace dynamic and it is more important for you and your workers than you may think. This is why today we are going to take a look at the way that you can upgrade and change your office to make it feel much more exciting and productive this summer. 

  1. Create a flexible space 

One of the main issues which older generation companies suffer is the standard cubicle and desk way of thinking. Working in a regimented way just isn’t the way forward any longer and it is important for you to create a space that accommodates different ways that people work. Some people work best sitting on a sofa with their laptop, some work better in a cafe type setting and some like traditional desks. By having a flowing workspace where people can move around and set up shop anywhere they want, it will make for a much mofre productive space. 

 

  1. Open the space 

People enjoy being able to talk and communicate during the day and if this is why having lots of separate rooms in the office can be a bad idea. It is always a great idea for you to get rid of the walls in the office and open up the space more. People need to be able to talk and bounce ideas off each other so having an open working space is always the best course of action. 

 

  1. Create comfortable desks 

No one will ever be able to work effectively at a desk if the desk is small, dingy and messy. It is important as a worker that they are able to put their personal stamp on their work area and have a desk which is comfortable for them. Make sure not to skimp on the desks you buy for your workers because they will be working at their desks all day every day. It is important that this is a space they can feel comfortable and work productively. 

 

  1. Make it light 

It is incredibly important if you want to enjoy a happy and productive work environment that you have lots of natural light in the room. The absence of light can have a physiological and mental effect on your workers and this is something which can make them much less productive. Light makes us feel happier and more awake and it helps people to concentrate, so bring in plenty of windows and cool white lights. 

 

  1. Seating areas

Now and again during the day, everyone will need to get up and walk around and get away from their screens. It is important for you in the office to design a work area which also has a seating area which people can use to chat and rest for 10 minutes or so. You can even add a muted TV with subtitles in this part of the office and this can make a big difference to your workers. 

 

  1. Brand it up 

As well as making sure that the office is productive for your workers, you will also want to ensure that it is branded well and gives across the right impression to your audience. Get the neon signs and logos up on the wall and bring some colour to the space. 

 

  1. Use brand colours 

As well as decals and signs, you can use the colour palette of your brand to paint the office and make it feel like one big happy family. Depending on the colours of your brand, you can either mix a few bright colours or have a nice calming space which reflects the tone of your brand. 

 

  1. Add some plants 

If you want to add something more fun to the office and make it feel more like a homely space, plants are a key thing. Plants such as fresh flowers and succulents can be a good choice in the office and they will bring some colour and texture to the home. You can have small plants on the desk and you can also have larger plants around the office to provide life, colour, and calm to the office. A great idea would be to bring in plants which have a scent because they will make the office smell fresh all year long.