Have You Fallen into the Home Office Procrastination Pitfall?

Does Your Home Office Inspire Productivity?

Princeton neuroscientists found the more clutter a person has the less focused and less productive that person will be! What does your workspace look like? Does it inspire productivity? 

Look around your home office and recognize the clutter. Do you see any of this?
  • Piles of papers sitting in a corner, waiting to be sorted or shred
  • Unopened bills scattered around your desk
  • Important documents stuffed inside unlabeled shoeboxes
  • A collection of unused office supplies gathering dust
  • A desk surface that hasn’t seen the light of day in months

If you face any of these scenarios each time you step into your home office you may be finding it hard to be productive. Whether you’re using your home office for business or personal projects you want your work space to be inspiring and inviting. It’s hard to get any work done when the mere thought of sitting down at your desk is unappealing.


After you have recognized your clutter issues it’s time to get rid of the things you are not using. Let go of that unopened box of paperclips that has been on your desk for 2 years. Weed out all the broken pencils and dried out pens. And you probably don’t need ten rulers, right?

Don’t let unused, unnecessary items clutter up your office and your mind. It’s true that an extra box of staples only takes up four inches of space, but let it go. You aren’t using them. A local school or church would benefit from your donation. Getting rid of the small stuff is a big step in the right direction.

Have A Good Filing System

There are many filing systems out there. Just pick something that works best for you and use these basic guidelines:

  • Files can be color coded into categories or just alphabetized.
  • Label each file with bold print so you can easily find what you are looking for.
  • Keep personal and business files separate.
  • Store documents that you rarely need to access in separate file boxes to free up space in your filing cabinet.
  • Use a shredder to safely dispose of old documents you no longer need.  Here is a great paper retention guide if you are unsure of how long you should be keeping certain paperwork.
Make It Comfortable and Inviting

Hang photos of loved ones or art that inspires you. Use furniture that is comfortable and represents your personality. Maybe even add an essential oil diffuser and play your favorite music while you work.

Clean Up

At the end of every project put away all work supplies. At the end of every day clear off your desk. Put pencils back in pencil holders, throw scrap paper away, put files back in the filing cabinet, etc.

This is your area, so make it work for you. Increase your productivity by surrounding yourself with an inviting, clutter-free workspace that represents your personality. A productive day is a great day!

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