8 Ways to Simplify Your Work-From-Home Environment

Updated on December 28, 2016

1. Segregated Space

It is too easy to just work everywhere when you work from home. Okay, that is a great benefit of working at home. But in the long run, you need to keep your work and personal space separate in order to keep the chaos a minimum.

Believe it or not, order is what you need to be productive. If you spend your time looking for your work under the pile of laundry, you are wasting valuable time. You need to be able to have a work space and a personal space. It helps keep you organized and more efficient in the work you do in both areas.

Should the two never meet? I’m not really saying that. Sitting on your couch with the laptop can be a great way to work from home. I’ve worked while preparing dinner. That’s the great part about working from home—that you can mix the areas at times—but you still need that segregation so you can be organized and more efficient.

2. Portability

When you have your home organized to work from home, it is easy to be portable. That means you can work from nearly everywhere in your home. I love it!

Technology has helped us greatly. We can do so much from nearly anywhere. I can do my job at the kitchen table, sitting in my bed, or in the back yard. I can do it at the coffee shop or while I’m on vacation. You have to make sure this is easily done.

If possible, have more than one charger cord for your computer and cell phone available. That way, you aren’t wasting time running to get it or search for it. It helps you stay productive. Typically, I keep chargers in my bedroom, by the couch, in the car, and in my computer bags. That way I’m completely covered.

3. Tools Located Everywhere

I pointed out about having your charger cords everywhere you might find yourself working. That is very important, but you also need other tools you use to be in easy reach.

Imagine this. You are sitting on your couch, responding to emails. You read one and need to write down the information. Where’s something to write with? Now you end up spending wasted minutes trying to find a pen and then some paper to write on. Keep pens, pencils, and paper in all the locations you might end up working. If you need highlighters or anything else, make sure they are quickly accessible.

4. Keep Regular Work Hours

Yes, it is great to be flexible, but it can bite you if you aren’t careful. You can be too flexible. It is wise to keep regular work hours.

The reason I suggest this is because I’ve been there and it will be a big fail for you. I worked from home for several years. To keep me on track, I had work hours and semi-work hours. Work hours was when the TV was off, the social media was not open, and my phone was on silent. I was more productive that way.

Be strict with this time, especially in the beginning until you get a good handle on time management. Guard your time. Then when things come up to interfere, you’ll be able to adjust quickly.

5. Take Breaks

This is a very important part of working from home. You can get too involved in your work. It’s the same if you work in the office with all the other employees. You need to take regular breaks. Get up and move around. Get a drink. Walk around a bit. Stretch your neck muscles. Do something else that gets your mind off the work even for a minute.

Working from home, you get to do more than walk the halls or get water which is what I usually do at work in the office with everyone else. You can do a load of laundry, take the dog for a walk, or even work on an exercise video. I have even watched a TV show as a break before getting back to work.

You will notice that the frequent breaks will help you be more productive.

6. Make a List

Productivity sometimes comes with a list. When you create a list, you create a guideline to help you get the job done. It keeps you on task and on target.

I don’t know about you, but I have a million things going in my life at one time. There is my day job which has a few dozen things I have to do in the next few hours. Now add my online work, my school, my family, and life in general to see that I can’t possibly keep it all straight in my head. I need to make a list to ensure that I don’t forget anything important.

List what you have to get done today. Check off everything as you get them done. You’ll see the progress.

7. Dress for Work

You don’t realize how you dress and look can affect your success at working from home. Yes, you can do your work in PJs. I’ve done it, and no one was the wiser. But I found that my mind is more geared toward work if I dress the part. That includes makeup, hair, etc. Typically I keep the slippers, but I look professional. It works every time.

A friend of mine who has been working from home for over a year now found great clothes that were professional in looks but comfortable enough to lounge around the house anytime. She said it helps her feel professional but still feels good. The best of both worlds.

8. Calendar/Planner

I don’t know if I can live my life without this. It keeps me on track. I can note important deadlines, holidays, when my customers or suppliers will be closed, and when co-workers will be out of the office traveling or on vacation. When you work from home, you aren’t in the mix with all the coming and goings. You need the calendar to keep you on track of your job at all locations.

It is also a great way to keep your life organized. You can see when you have a virtual meeting and when you can meet with your child’s teacher. Combine both worlds here and find fewer conflicts.

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, toughnickel.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://toughnickel.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)