Running a home business can be brilliant. It gives you the chance to work flexibly, around your family and other commitments. It means that you can make money for yourself and do things your own way. Working from home also means that you can work in your pyjamas on those days when you just don’t fancy it.
But, it can also be stressful, tiring, hard work, frustrating and a little bit terrifying. It’s all on you, and you have to make it work. Working when kids are at home is almost impossible, and it can feel as though work has taken over your life and you never get to take a break. When you do take a day off, you can feel guilty, and it can be hard to sit at home without feeling like you should be working.
Building yourself a home office can be the ideal solution to a lot of these negatives. It can help you to separate your work and home life, locking distractions out. It can also help you to focus and concentrate while giving you a more professional space to meet clients if you need it.
Most of us, especially people with families, find that our office gets squashed into the smallest space in the home. In the early days, this is fine. Whether you are working as a blogger, a freelancer or running your own business, you might not have that much to fill an office. It might contain a desk, a chair, and a laptop. But, then as things grow, your space can quickly become cluttered with invoices, receipts, notepads, plans and designs, materials, photography props and equipment, chargers and wires and anything else that your business needs. This can make it hard to work or feel focused. So, let’s get organized.
Nowadays, it’s easy to use Gartner MDM to manage our data, and the cloud to save our files. But, many of us still print everything, just in case we ever need it. This can lead to massive amounts of unordered clutter. Stop printing as much as possible. Backup important documents on your desktop as well as in the cloud, but don’t print unless you really need to.
Think About What Needs to Be Close at Hand
There will be things that you use every day. Your laptop and pad maybe. A pen and a sketchbook. Keep these things close to your desk. Then, things you use less often can go in drawers or on shelves. Consign those things that you never use to top shelves, out of reach and out of sight.
Throw Things Away
How many bits of scrap paper have you got in your drawer? How many pens that don’t work or broken pencils have you kept hold of? Do you keep the equipment that you don’t need, just in case? Start throwing things away when they are broken, or you don’t need them. Let yourself keep one messy drawer and clear the rest.
Clear Your Desktop
A messy workspace can mean a messy mind. Even if your drawers and shelves aren’t as organized as you’d like them to be, make sure your desk is clear and uncluttered so that you can work and focus without distraction.