Create A Home Office That Inspires Creativity and Productivity

A Home Office That Inspires Productivity

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Whether you’re using your home office for business or personal projects you want your work space to be inspiring and inviting.

When you walk into your home office are you ready to get to work or do you get overwhelmed, distracted and immediately feel defeated? If you have an unorganized and cluttered home office area you may be loosing the battle before you even get started.

Princeton neuroscientists found the more clutter a person has the less focused and less productive that person will be, so take a few minutes to look around your office. Recognize any of this?

  • Piles of papers sitting in a corner, waiting to be sorted or shred
  • Unopened mail and bills scattered in untidy piles on your desk
  • Important documents stuffed inside unlabeled shoeboxes…or at least you’re guessing they are important
  • A collection of unused office supplies gathering dust
  • A desk surface that hasn’t seen the light of day in months

Without you even realizing it, your unorganized home office is probably creating focus issues for you. It’s hard to get any real work done when the mere thought of sitting down at your desk is unappealing. Clutter has a tendency to not only distract us but also frustrate us. When you are looking for an important document, but you can’t remember which pile of papers it’s buried in you will waste time searching and probably end up pretty frustrated. You may never even find what you’re looking for.

If you are ready to have a home office that inspires productivity and creativity there are 4 things you can start doing, right now, to make it happen.

Purge your home office of unnecessary clutter.

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’re not 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.

Implement a good filing system.

Important documents should be kept in a secure but accessible manner. There are many filing systems out there, so just pick something that works best for you. Here are some basic guidelines that will work with whatever system you choose:

  • 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 paper 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.

Vital documents are the ones that have personal, sensitive information. Even though it’s the most important information, many of us don’t really know how to securely store and organize it. If you want to get your ducks in a row, and know exactly how to get those vital documents organized click here.

Make your home office 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. A Greater Good Magazine states that a new study suggests that listening to happy music promotes more divergent thinking—a key element of creativity.

Routinely straighten up your home office.

At the end 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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