Updated: Aug 18
Ensuring your home office is set up correctly will make the difference between a highly productive day and a black hole of lost productivity.
Be sure that you set up your home office somewhere out of the way where you are least likely to experience interruptions or constant distractions! So...working at your kitchen table or on your living room couch is probably not the best idea.
Try finding an outward-facing window or a guest room that has space for you to work in where people won't be walking back and forth in your field of view.
Adequate light and comfortable temperature are important, so be sure you can control the temperature in the area you're in and have reasonable control over the light whether that comes via light switches and doors or curtains and blinds.
The number one most useful purchase I've made for work in the last year was a nice set of noise-canceling headphones that have a built-in microphone. Not only does this cut out any distractions going on behind you that could steal away your attention, but it also increases the audio quality of virtual meetings significantly.
The best camera on your computer isn't a requirement, but high-quality audio makes all the difference between coming across as an amateur or professional. Invest in quality noise-canceling headphones with a microphone and see your productivity improve immediately.
A comfortable chair is a double-edged sword. I have mixed feelings on this because if the chair is too comfortable then you are likely to slouch, doze off, or get comfortable sitting for too long. A high-quality ergonomic chair will not only protect your spine, but it will also keep you from sitting for too long as your body will naturally let you know when it is time to stand up and walk around or stretch.
Regardless of your sense of style or if you think you have one, your workspace is a representation of yourself and your thoughts. A cluttered workspace at home makes it that much easier to get distracted or lose focus of the task at hand, so try your best to keep it as clutter-free as possible.
One of the most desirable parts of working at home is being in control of your own workspace, so take advantage of it and make it a place you look forward to settling into and knocking out some work.
A few fresh plants here and there to give a splash of color and pleasant aromas to your workspace are a great way to brighten things up and give you something to focus your eyes on when you take them off of your screens or notebook.
As always, feel free to send me a message to set up a consultation or if you have any questions that I can answer for you.
Matt Moreland, Realtor® is a real estate agent serving the Lubbock, Texas, and the South Plains. After graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a concentration in real estate from Texas Tech University, he began practicing real estate full time at McDougal Realtors in Lubbock, Texas. Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and their dog. Some of his hobbies include investing in real estate, elk hunting, backpacking, barbecuing, and playing guitar. To schedule a commitment-free consultation please call 469-744-3610 or fill out this form to get started.