If you work from home, you will find that staying organized is a must! It’s easy to let work flow into your home life, with papers on the desk, kitchen table, your dresser – everywhere. This can lead you to spending more time looking for missing items rather than being productive.
Below are five ways that you can stay organized when you work from home!
1. Have a dedicated workspace.
Even if you don’t have a separate room in your home for work, you need to have a space to call your own. Ideally, this place would be away from the primary living areas (living room or kitchen), but more importantly, it needs to be enough space to store your work-related items.
Having a dedicated area for working keeps you organized because you aren’t mixing work stuff with home stuff, and you can find what you need as you sit down to get things done!
2. Begin your day with a to-do list.
Making lists is a great way to know exactly what you need to do each day. It can be overwhelming when you have 15 things to work on but you aren’t sure where to start. To-do lists make sure you don’t miss a deadline and give you a direction each day. Take 10 minutes each evening to create a to-do list for the following day. Use a fun notebook or notepad if you’d like, it can help motivate you.
3. Set hours for working.
It may seem impossible to create a schedule for your work when you have kids at home and a house to keep. However, having an idea of when and how long you will work each day will keep you better organized. It doesn’t have to be the same hours every single day.
After you make your to-do list for the following day, spend a couple minutes to decide when you will be working. Plan around errands, housework, and other things that will need to be done.
4. Focus on one task at a time.
Many of us would love to be multitaskers, but trying to juggle several tasks at once can cause us to get none of the completed. If they do get finished, they may not be our best work. Really, how well can you write a good blog post when you are on a conference call, creating an infographic and watching a video on Facebook engagement all at the same time?! Doing one thing at a time also keeps you from losing your place or forgetting to finish something you started and abandoned.
5. Clear your desk at the end of the day.
Coming to a cluttered desk every day is the quickest route to becoming an unorganized work at home mess. Not only that, your productivity can suffer if you can’t find what you need. Once your lists and schedules are made for the next day, clean up your workspace so you will be ready for a fresh start. Put away all supplies and documents. Trash anything you don’t need. Use bins, file folders, and anything else you need to organize everything you need for your work.
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