Organizing Your Home Office

5 Tips in Organizing Your Home Office

Today, many people are quitting their day jobs to seize a new career in their homes. With a fast-paced work environment, a well-organized organization could translate more dollars in your pocket.

For home-based businesses, a well-organized office should allow for effective invoicing, expensing and follow-ups. The more organized your home office becomes; the better it can set the boundaries of your work life and home life, giving you the time to enjoy the freedom of becoming your own boss.

Here are the most important tips in organizing your home office:

1) Clear your desk – Most office desks are piled up with papers, which occupy your entire desktop. Organize all your paperwork, those needed for future reference in one location and keep other important documents separated. This way, as your business grows, you won't get crazy searching for one missing important piece of paper. Organize it according to category, date and contact information or anyway you find helpful.

2) Control your office productivity – In running a home office, it is important to organize your productivity. For instance, in answering phone calls, decide a system or schedule when you will answer them. You could assign a staff or let the voice mail and message recorder answer the phone calls for you. This way, you could focus on an important reports, presentations or other priorities instead of wasting your time answering the phone.

3) Home life versus work life – The main problem with working in a home office is setting up rules on when and how you can be distracted by your family. Accomplishing your tasks promptly will depend on how your work remains uninterrupted. Set your rules and restrict your family from the business area, explaining you will spend time with them after work.

4) Equipments for organization – Always fill up your home office with paper clips, pens, trays and desktop organizers, storage boxes and a filing system as well as a to-do list in every desk. The easiest way to find information is to organize them by color-coding.

5) Daily routine – Empty your workspace (remove everything, except the current project) to cut down distractions. At the end of the project, organize all paperwork and store it according to its appropriate category. Always straighten your desk at the end of the day or week to start the next morning with a tidy desk.

By following these simple rules, you can be your own boss in an organized home office. Be aware that a clean work environment could reduce stress and in turn, increase work productivity.

Deb Dowling


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