Working from home can be rewarding and awesome, but filled with clutter. So, to better organize your professional from-home workspace, use the following tips as clutter-free guidelines.
Make Yourself an Office Space
It’s important to have a noise-free, calm space where you can work from home without too many disruptions. Hoping for zero disruption is unrealistic, especially if you have children. However, a designated room with your choice of desk, chair, and amenities can help you settle into a comfortable work-from-home routine.
Develop a Routine
Most people that work from home start out by thinking about all of the benefits, like being your own boss and working in your pajamas. However, those same people quickly discover that working from home requires discipline. And sometimes, you have to be the toughest boss that you ever had. So, to better organize your time and workloads, develop a solid routine. For example, get dressed in casual clothes, settle into your office chair, and commit to working for a set number of hours. Routines are helpful, regardless of where or how you work.
Keep Better Track of Your Contracts & Clients
Some people can keep track of their clients and contracts with post-it notes and memory. However, others rely on downloadable applications, like contract management software, to help them keep track of their projects. These software downloads are streamlined to run faster on your computer, so your PC won’t get gummed up while you work. And, as you complete a project, you can delete and edit your contracts whenever you want.
Resort to Old School File Methods
Old school file methods, like paperwork, folders, and file cabinets, were effective in helping offices remain organized and running smoothly. However, those went the way with the dinosaurs when memory drives showed up. But it’s nice to go back to hard copies every once in a while, so keep a few folders and file cabinets around for your must-have paperwork.
Put Back-Up Files on Memory Drives
Memory drives are must-have organizers for anyone working from a computer. You can pack so much into a terabyte, and it takes seconds to transfer files from one PC location to a memory drive. Use these as back-ups for your necessary paperwork. But be careful, because memory drives are super-fragile.
As a from-home worker, you need to invest a little time in getting your workspace up to par. Of course, there are lots of organizational tools to help you, but you need to make the decision to be confident in your abilities and strict in your work ethic.