There is still plenty of debate surrounding office productivity versus home office productivity. A recent Harvard study suggests that people that work from home get more done per day than their office environment counterparts. There is no denying that at home, you can control how your space is designed and you can really make it feel your own. This, in turn, may inspire you to get things done in a timely manner.
Here are some of the ways in which you can certainly boost those concentration hours and get the most out of your working day.
1. Sit in style & comfort
Nothing boosts your efforts more than sitting comfortably at your desk. Modern chairs can look good, there is no denying it, but if not designed adequately they can end up causing back, shoulder and neck pain, making it impossible to focus on your work. Here’s a selection of our favourite pieces that don’t compromise on style.
2. Declutter, declutter, declutter
It’s the rule of the mind. If you have a clean and organised space, it will help structure your ideas and workload, and you’ll be able to complete tasks and cross out things on your to-do list. And we all know how good that feels, right?
Shelf x 2 by WeWood
3. Think beyond your desk
Your productivity will actually go up when the rest of your home is clear and clutter-free. Spend some time as soon as you wake up, or better yet, the night before to clear your living space. Check out our selection of designer sideboards that are excellent for keeping your space neat and tidy.
1. Tower bookcase by Boca do Lobo
2. Cascando twist coat rack by Cascando
3. Ribbon shelf by Universo Positivo
4. Wrongwoods sideboard by Established & Sons
5. Metal spook storage stool by Universo Positivo
4. Water to hydrate
Keep a jug of water and a glass on your desk (Careful! Not too close to your computer) but accessible enough that you can easily reach it and help yourself to a lush glass of lime or cucumber flavoured water. A hydrated body means a focused mind.
Glassware selection by Waterford
5. Scent of a room
Move through obstructions and stressful moments by keeping a calming scented candle, essential oils, or some greenery in your home office. These will help your mind keep calm and be able to think through the problem or situation.
1. Selection of Tin scented candles by Illume
2. Glass vessel candle by Feu de Beaumont
6. Colour Psychology
We all know colour has an effect on our mood and environment, so why not inject some into your working space to achieve those goals?
Red – supports your mind in dealing with certain, detailed tasks and some say can give you a confidence boost when negotiating deals.
Blue – blue hues in your workspace promote calming and relaxed vibes, as well as aiding your performance in creative tasks.
Green – is the overall winner as a promoter of positivity and creativity.
1. Periwinkle owl by Royal Crown Derby
2. Mikado teacup & saucer by Royal Crown Derby
3. Buenos Aires table lamp in red by Mullan lighting
4. Eclipse vase by Edge
5. Type 75 desk lamp by Anglepoise
Start your day by creating a to-do list and allocate how much time you will spend on each task. Try, as much as possible, to keep to these times and we find having an actual clock to look at really helps. It also keeps you from looking at your phone too often and getting distracted with social media, texts or emails.
1. Font clock by Established & Sons
2. Fold table lamp by Established & Sons
Working from home can be a great way of keeping your work/life balance but this line can become blurry quite easily. Keep a space for both but overall make it your own. Add artwork you love, or inspirational quotes to keep you going when it gets tough.
What techniques do you apply? Tell us in the comment section below. Happy organising!