Productivity has everything to do with your environment. Forbes explains, “employees who enjoy and like the environment they are a part of will be more engaged, productive, happy and healthy.”
When we hear “workplace environment” we often think of workplace culture or office space, however; a remote setting is just (if not more) important in terms of staying productive.
For newcomers suddenly thrust into the remote office setting, finding a rhythm may prove difficult. Thankfully, there are plenty of others who have paved the way and found success in creating the ultimate home workspace.
Here are five expert tips to keep you in the zone:
1. Create a work-specific space.
If you set up shop at the kitchen table, it will probably get old fast. Distractions are everywhere when you're at home, and learning how to shut them off is paramount to your focus.
Find a work-specific place - whether it be in a spare room or the corner of your living room. The key is to designate this place as one solely dedicated to work. Think it through and make it personal. What type of environment do you work best in? One with white noise? One without the temptation of the TV? It doesn’t have to be extravagant, just a simple place without too much distraction.
2. Stay clutter-free.
It’s hard to have a clear mind if you have to shuffle through paper and untangle cords simply to start a task. Just because you’re free from the judgement of office co-workers doesn’t mean the collection of cups by your computer is helping your productivity.
With desk organizing accessories such as docking solutions, shelf organizers and wall mounts, there are plenty of ways to eliminate cord clutter and stay organized.
3. Prioritize comfort.
Coffee breaks, chats with co-workers and in-person meetings are all important interruptions of office life that don’t exist in the home environment. Small breaks are essential to keep you focused, motivated and healthy.
Taking care of your mental health is entirely dependent on you. Some helpful ways to do this include investing in a comfortable chair, placing some plants near your desk to keep it fresh or sitting near a window so you have something nice to see when you break eyes with your screen.
4. Simplify your tech.
It’s easy to go overboard with all of the gadgets, screens and accessories available. Rather, invest in technology that adapts with you. For instance, if you have an iPad, you might not need an extra laptop. With a durable Brydge keyboard, you can save money and increase the versatility of your device.
5. Stock up.
We don’t mean on toilet paper. Think through what you need to work best without interruptions. This could mean having a stocked fridge ready for lunch breaks, purchasing all necessary tech accessories or having a backup supply of coffee.
Working from home is an adjustment, but planning out your ideal remote environment is the best way to avoid distractions and keep your focus. Brydge understands the importance of creating a modern work environment for professionals. Whether at your desk or on-the-go, Brydge products are an affordable solution to streamline your workflow.