Your office should be a calming space that helps you to focus your mind and be as productive as possible. Your productivity in large part will depend on your office.
You should enjoy being in it and not have to worry about wasting time hunting down files and equipment or constantly tidying up so you can fit your laptop in.
Here we would like to share seven important tips that will help you organize your office to achieve maximum productivity as an entrepreneur.
1. Decluttering isn’t just for homes
Yes, decluttering is not only to work on decluttering your home.
Start with your desk in your office. Empty out all your drawers, clear your desk and only put back what you think you’ll really need. A laptop or PC, a lamp, or a thesaurus? It’s up to you, but make sure it “earns” its place.
Look at your drawers and think about what the objects are that you reach for the most – pens? Paper, your phone? Files and books that you use every day deserve a prominent place to minimize the time you spend tracking them down. Move objects you don’t need or use every day further away.
2. Put it on paper
Have a notebook handy at all times for phone calls, ideas and any tasks that crop up. Consider using an online to-do app that you can share between all your devices as well as a physical notebook.
3. Value your privacy
Have a “do not disturb” sign and make sure it’s heeded. Whether you work at home or you share an office with others, your family and colleagues need to respect your request for privacy while you work on important tasks. If working from home and it’s getting difficult, have a look at the complexes of office space Brentford and similar places can offer to small businesses and start-ups.
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4. Use an online calendar
Use a calendar that can accommodate both your work and your personal appointments so they never clash. You can color-code different sorts of appointment – accountant, GP, teacher and so on. Setting alarms for these meetings is also a great idea.
5. Paper or pixels? You decide
Some people like to have their information, calendars, and plans on a range of synced devices, while others prefer notebooks and even scraps of paper! If you have a strong preference for one, don’t be ashamed of it – if it works for you, it works. However, if you find using devices strange, give yourself time to get into a new routine – after six or seven weeks of establishing it, you may never look back. To read more about PDAs, click here.
Use a favorite photo to bring “you” into your workspace. It can be a scene from a holiday, a pet, your spouse or your children, but it’s there to remind you of what matters. It reminds you of why you’re working so hard.
7. Take a break
As gorgeous as your workspace will be by now, you need to leave it occasionally throughout the day. Go for a walk, a coffee, or talk to a colleague. If you’re at home, do a small manual task that is easily wrapped up, like putting a load of washing on. We all know that moments like these are when brilliant ideas happen.