Apparently your star sign can say a lot about your organisational skills! I work from home so I was intrigued what it would say about me. I don’t have to be TIDY for the rest of the office. My work space is just for me, I wondered how true it would be. I have to be a bit of a self starter as my own boss. I have no-one cracking the whip to finish deadlines. So how organised am I really?
I also have LOTS of distractions being at home during the day. The dog wants me to throw her ball AND Netflix is within easy reach… so I have to be quite focused.
As I am a Sagittarius Furniture At Work have me down as a hoarder. I am surrounded in a fair bit of clutter at the moment, but I call it “work in progress” – lots of days out leaflets for my travel blog Reluctant Traveller, yes definitely lots of receipts AND items waiting to be photographed and reviewed. My mess is loosely “organised” but other people might not agree.
I don’t think I am as bad as this infographic states for hanging on to things though. I do try and regularly de-clutter as too much paperwork and chaos drives me crackers. More so now the summer holidays are almost upon us. I don’t quite feel ready to juggle the boys being off school and working from home!
My tips to be more productive if you work from home
My work essentials are a good sized desk. I can spread out what I need and get myself prepared for what I want to write about that day. Another priority is a good chair so my back doesn’t hurt. Make sure you do lots of research into home office chairs as picking a decent one is important for your comfort and resultant productivity.
I have a spreadsheet and on it I put ALL outstanding payments. This is MUST as you would be surprised how long companies can leave payments (I think, hoping you forget!). Separately I also list all my outstanding commitments so I don’t forget any.
I have already covered some tips in an earlier post about multitasking and much of that can help you work more effectively from home. If you have a midday snack you will have the energy to be more organised. Otherwise it can seem overwhelming knowing where to start at times.
I have mentioned being distracted even when I am actually tapping away at my desk. Ending up having a nose on Facebook, this can eat away at LOTS of my valuable time that I need to complete my work. I find having the OFFTIME app is a huge benefit. You cut right back on distractions linked to being online.
School pick up comes round all too fast so I need to set myself targets and stay on track.