How to Organize your Home Office

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How to Organize your Home Office

If you are serious about working from home, you need think about your ‘working environment’. I wrote another article about qualities you need in order to succeed and here we will talk about some simple steps on how to organize your home office. Being happy, as well as productive are important factors, plus there is always the question of separating work and home/family life. Here’s my take on the subject and some of the ways I work.


Where will you work? Which room?


How to Organize your Home Office - Where will you work? Which room?

Theoretically, you can work anywhere and I have worked in virtually every room in my home; I have the luxury of having a spare bedroom that has been converted into a home office. It still has a futon, sofa bed that is great for when guests come to stay. I like having the option to close the door at the end of the day and shut-up-shop as it were – hard to do if you become completely engrossed in what you, as I can and do frequently.

Anyway, back to the topic…it is not a requirement to have a dedicated home office and with many people, space can be an issue. In this case, work where you feel most comfortable in your home. My suggestion would be not to begin your working day from the sofa, this is ok for maybe checking social media and possibly emails; assign a space, preferably at a table or desk, where you can sit comfortably and concentrate.

If you living in a family home with lots of activity try to choose a quiet space to conduct your work, I know it’s not always possible, when you have small children that can’t be left alone. Remember you are working so it’s probably not a good idea to have the TV on when you are trying to work.


Where to put the computer?


How to Organize your Home Office - Where to put the computer?

By a window is good place to put your computer as you receive natural light from this position, have the window to the side of you so as not to be distracted by screen glare or the sunlight. Sitting beside a window also provides a rest for your eyes as you can look up and out of the window during breaks from the screen.

Space will no doubt play a part in your decision-making process regarding your computer choice – desktop or laptop?

If you are working from the dining room table, you will want to pack up your office before setting up the table at meal times.


What’s better Mac or PC?


How to Organize your Home Office - What’s better Mac or PC?

Although many people use a PC and seem to get along fine with them, I much prefer Mac. I use an iMac because I work at a desk and use other devices such a Wacom pen for digital drawings.

My experience with PC’s were that I seemed to be spending most of my time running virus scans, defragging the system and updating software; basically getting my computer to do what it’s supposed to do…it drove me nuts! I knew I wanted a Mac and a while ago, I treated myself to an iMac. Yes it was a little on the expensive side but I honestly have never looked back. In our household, we also have an iPad, and an iPhone, so you could say we are a happy, ‘all Mac’ family.

For general work online and for building websites and blogging, a laptop is absolutely fine and with a laptop, you really can work anywhere. Great for someone who is space limited or likes to work from the sofa, or garden even!


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Organizing Your Office Space


How to Organize your Home Office - Organizing Your Office Space

Make sure you’re sitting comfortably regardless of where you have your office. Many hours hunched over a screen or balancing a laptop on your lap is not good for posture or productivity. Try to have a comfortable chair where you can sit with the computer in front of you, screen at eye-level. You will be spending a lot of time in this position, make sure you are sitting correctly – invest in a good office chair.

I use a white-board to jot down ideas and daily tasks – things are crossed off when completely or carried forward to the next day. This helps me to stay organized. I also have a collection of box files for filing my business related paperwork. There is nothing worse than an untidy desk space. It also goes without saying that a diary is essential to a successful business life either a physical book diary or an online diary – the choice is yours.

Basically the more organized and comfortable you are in your workspace – wherever that may be; the more productive and therefore profitable your business will be. It makes perfect business sense to pay some attention to the organization of your home office.

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How to Organize your Home Office - Organizing Your Office Space
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Want to learn how to build a business online? If so get in touch, I can help. I began working online in 2011 because I wanted the freedom to work when I wanted and to get away from being an employee. I've learned lots in that time and now work full-time from home online. With this website I aim to help others who also want to work from home and learn about the online world. Leave a comment in the box below or use the contact page on this website. You can also connect with me over at Wealthy Affiliate. Here is my profile link, Suzanne-SB's Profile at WA.


8 Comments on “How to Organize your Home Office”

  1. Ohhh I need to get a big whiteboard–great idea!!! my husband has 3 HUGE whiteboards in his office and they really help him work through projects; I never thought of using one at home. Now I just have to figure out where to put it.Great useful post!

  2. Hi Suzanne,

    I am a business and creative writer, and funny enough I have found having two different working spaces is ideal for me. When I am working on my drafts, I prefer the room in my basement. With no windows, I find that I’m not distracted and can concentrate all my energy on what I’m doing.

    On the other hand, I prefer to finish my projects at the den where I have my Mac. Yeah, I got tired of running virus scans on my PC. Anyway, I find the second space gives my a fresh look at my work.

    I wonder if anyone else has had a similar experience ?

    1. Your work plan sounds perfect Thabo. I can fully understand you choosing your basement with no distractions.

      When I’m working on a project, I tend to write the title with some bullet points down and then go walk the dogs – some kind of processing happens and I return and get on with the job.

      Suzanne

  3. This is such helpful information that I need to pass along to my mother ASAP!

    She has been struggling setting up her office space in the new house and cannot for the life of her get it organized the way she needs to be productive.
    I am going to have to show this for her thanks for the great post!

  4. Hi Suzanne,

    I understand what you say about using every room in the house before you found the right situation.

    Would you say that your work efficiency increased when you found the correct place? If that is the case it maybe that I need to move to a 2 bed apt.

    Thanks

    1. Once I had a dedicated space and used my white-board for planning my workload yes I would say my work efficiency increased.

      I don’t necessarily believe it’s a must to have a home office, a set place or set times when your dining table is your work space is fine – I think organization is key.

      Suzanne

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