For all of the supposed benefits of having a home office, there are probably many more for finding someplace other than home to hang your hat.
Fortunately, if your heart really is set on working from home, the good news is that most of the drawbacks to this method of working are more due to bad planning than pesky family members or friends.
This article will outline five steps to not only create a better home office, but show you how to boost your productivity in the process.
Out of sight, out of mind
One of the primary drawbacks to working from home is the ever-present threat of intruders, welcome or not. Either way, people coming in to say hi or asking you for something, or for any other reason, is a serious problem.
After all, how do you conduct business while you are essentially functioning as a wife, mother, chauffeur, etc.? While there might be advantages to being home while you work, being out of the house often cuts down on interference.
Prefabricated storage sheds are an excellent alternative to having an office inside the house. Not only is it out of the flow of traffic, but prefab sheds can be purchased in many different sizes and shapes for any use. And you can put it up anywhere.
If you already have an office in your home, moving it to a prefabricated storage shed can give you an excellent opportunity to go through the things you already have to get rid of clutter, which is a natural barrier to getting things done.
Moving your office out of the house gives you a chance to make everything in your office what you need to work. That’s all.
Lighting is often a big problem with a home office, especially if that space is moved to a separate location. Wherever you move to, make sure that your new space has plenty of good lighting so it’s not difficult to work and leads you to eventually return to your former in-house haunts.
Fix a focal point
If your workspace really is for working, make sure that everything in your area helps you focus on that objective. Don’t inadvertently turn your workspace into a play house.
Say it with color
Since you are making this area a place to work, welcome yourself to work by making it a place where it’s nice to be, someplace where you can relax and get work done. Without this, you have achieved nothing.
There are an infinite number of ways to personalize your area. Once you have that space available to you, use it to your advantage. You will find that you can overcome the hurdles of working from home and home offices if you prepare yourself sufficiently.
About the Author:
Marlena Stoddard writes on planes, trains and things that go. Originally from Senoia, GA, Marlena lives in Santa Rosa, CA with her husband and 2 children. Marlena recommends using prefabricated storage sheds for home offices. Prefab sheds have worked for her and several friends who work from home. For more on Marlena, you can follow her on Google+.
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