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Flexible Working – The Productive Home Office

I have been working at The Business Therapist® for almost 2 months now, and I have enjoyed the flexibility to work at my best potential. In short, some days I work at our office in Essex and others at my home office just 2 meters from my bed.

Working at the office can be really cool when we are filming some new class or planning new teaching material for business advising. However, there would be no reason for me to spend almost one hour driving both ways to the office on days when all I need to do is to use my computer or research some new ideas.

Working from home can have its advantages, but discipline is important to keep productive. Here are some tips on how to improve efficiency in your home office:

Home Office Tips for a productive experience1) Create an ‘Office’ Space

You might think you can work from your bed where you feel comfortable, but it will end up being a distraction or will even make you fall asleep after some time!

I believe the best option is to find yourself a desk with a comfortable chair, and work on making it a pleasurable place to work. Remember: you may spend a considerable amount of your day in your home office, so why not to make it enjoyable?

Some ideas to improve your work space include: positioning your desk in a way so you can look outside, keeping a small fridge with water and some food nearby, using post-it notes to quickly access often used information, and making it cool with some photos, books and other objects you like.

2) Keep a To Do list

Monitoring your work is essential for being efficient. You know you’re working effectively when you can visually see and measure your productivity. Therefore, keeping a Kanban board or a simple To Do list is a good idea. In general I utilize the following rule: If something takes me less than 10 minutes to do, I do it right away; if it takes more than 10 minutes, I write it down in a To Do list (at TBT we use a Kanban board).

Once you have created your To Do list, your next step is to start crossing off accomplished items. We usually forget many things when we just memorize what we need to do, so just by utilizing a To Do list or Kanban board I am confident your productivity will increase significantly.

3) Communication

Communication can be an issue when you don`t work at the same physical location as your team. Nowadays though, cloud computing and tools such as e-mail, video hangouts, web calendar, collaborative apps such as docs, notes, spreadsheets and many more, have made having a home office a reality. Thus, it is important to know how to use these tools to document all your work and share it with your team. If you’re uncertain how to use any cloud based products, add ‘watching a helpful tutorial’ to your To Do list – it’ll help you be more efficient and a better communicator.

In summary, having a comfortable and productive home office has several advantages: you can save time, have lunch at home with your family and be able to focus and get things done.

What is Rafael talking about ‘filming some new class or planning new teaching material’ – if you’d like to learn more please pop in your email address!

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