Your Quick Guide To A Productive Home Office
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For many people, working from home How to Work from Home & Be Productive with Collaborative Online Tools How to Work from Home & Be Productive with Collaborative Online Tools Wish you could skip the commute and work from home? Remote work has its downsides, too. We show you how to harness the power of the Internet to remain productive while telecommuting. Read More is an incredibly appealing proposition. You get to hang out and work in the place where you’re the most comfortable: your home 9 Impressive Home Automation Gadgets Family & Friends Will Love 9 Impressive Home Automation Gadgets Family & Friends Will Love With the holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to snag one of these amazing smart home devices. Read More . But for many, the negative tradeoff of working from home is a loss of productivity 6 Productivity Secrets Hidden in All Zombie Movies 6 Productivity Secrets Hidden in All Zombie Movies Sure, Dawn of the Dead didn't specifically include any productivity advice . . . but here are six lessons that we can learn from watching a lot of zombie movies. Read More . All too often, it can be easy to put things off until later when there are so many other things you’d rather do at home besides getting your work done.

The key to getting stuff done from home is having a home office 9 Beautiful Woodworking Projects For Your Home Office 9 Beautiful Woodworking Projects For Your Home Office Do you work from home? Have you grown bored of your mundane home office? We've got the cure for you. Read More that’s aimed at productivity. That’s why we have an infographic below that will show you how to make a home office that will allow you to maximize productivity How To Maximize Your Productivity Anywhere How To Maximize Your Productivity Anywhere With telecommuting lifestyles taking off, work is not limited by hours or locations. Here are a few pointers to help you make the best of working on a notebook while on the move. Read More (while still staying comfortable Why Streaming Movies Is Bad for You Why Streaming Movies Is Bad for You However much we love streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video, they're not always a force for good. Here are three reasons why streaming movies can be bad for you. Read More , of course). Check it out, and work from home like a boss!

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  1. Anonymous
    December 3, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    At one point, when teleworking first became a concept-to-reality, BT published a leaflet on advice for teleworkers (i.e. people working from home). I was already working from home at that time and the BT advice made me laugh - because it was completely contrary to what made me work better. The advice seemed to be aimed at a certain type of worker, probably someone working from home but for a large company, so not really an independent worker at all. Advice such as "Dress as if you were going to the office" didn't chime with my predilection for spending half or more of the day in my dressing gown (wake up, let the thoughts come up randomly, have an idea, fall out of bed and into the office to get it down before it vanishes). Advice regarding having "a fixed routine" didn't sit well with more creative work or projects which needed long periods of cogitation and playing around with ideas. And advice to "put the kitchen out of bounds for some periods each day" aren't helpful to someone prone to getting so involved with what they're doing that they often forget to eat.

    Laboratory testing of one colour over another, or one design form ditto, are all very well but it's not the real world. If you're at home, why isn't your décor already what you like most? If you want to be at home rather than in an office, then you're in the best place when you're working from home. Do you need loads of plants if you have (as I have) a view of trees, wild grass, the edge of a lake and wild birds coming to the feeders hanging outside the office window? The point is to be where you're most comfortable and to get into a way of working which suits you. If I was at my desk every morning at 9.00 am on the dot, I'd be turning out some pretty duff work - I'm an owl, not a lark; if I solemnly got dressed in office clothes every day I'd be uncomfortable and my physical restriction would lead to some mental restriction; if my home office was just like a work office then I wouldn't have my beloved cat next to me as I work - and that really would be a detriment to my day.

    Blue, green and red may have tendencies to influence the brain in the above ways (certainly in a laboratory, at least...), but what if you hate blue and love yellow? (Personally I hate white and try to ban it from my living and working spaces.) You're naturally drawn to the colours which influence you in a positive way, so best to go for those.

    Lighting and heating, ergonomic comfort and having everything to hand without having to search for it (and so potentially interrupt a valuable train of thought) are the best places to start with the home office. Not overthinking it is the way to continue. Reassessing every so often to see what is and what isn't working is a definite.