Here in Alpharetta, Georgia, we’re seeing more and more home offices springing up. Whether it’s a temporary or long-term arrangement, working from home can present its share of challenges. That’s why we, at Belmont at Park Bridge Apartments, would like to offer these solutions to help make your workday easier.
When you set up your workspace, do your best to mimic the arrangement of a traditional office. Most offices are set up with maximum efficiency in mind, such as keeping frequently used materials within reach. Storage and organization are key components so that no time is wasted with searching or wandering off and losing focus. Furniture should be as functional as it is fashionable. The MoDRN Glam Marion Sleigh Base File Cabinet from Hayneedle will store documents while adding sophistication to the room.
A lack of communication can cause much confusion when you’re left to work alone. If you work for an employer, a client, or with partners, ask them what projects you should prioritize when you’re feeling directionless. Perhaps schedule video or phone conferences once or twice a week, confirming assignments at the end of each call. Another benefit of communication is the social aspect, which we all need to some degree. That’s why Belmont at Park Bridge regularly plans social activities for our community. Whether talking with coworkers or friends and family, this social support improves morale. If you feel overwhelmed and have trouble getting motivated, limit your daily to-do list so you aren’t instantly defeated by looking at it.
Try to refrain from covering your desk with unnecessary items. Personal keepsakes can quickly crowd the space needed for paperwork, equipment, and supplies. Instead, place them on shelves or walls. One solution is the fully-customizable Perch Magnetic Modular System from The Container Store, which allows easy utilization of vertical surfaces.
Energy levels will naturally fluctuate throughout the day, so choose tasks accordingly. Nutrition, hydration, exercise, and sleep all impact performance of any type. Using a set of resistance bands or weights for a few minutes can give you a quick recharge and reignite your focus. Since all of our apartment homes at Belmont at Park Bridge include a patio or balcony, you have the convenience of quickly stepping outside for a breath of fresh air. For a longer break or the end of the workday, take a stroll around our beautifully landscaped property to refresh yourself and remain uplifted. We offer a full fitness center to our residents. Go for a swim in our resort-style pool, or play a game of tennis or racquetball!
Sometimes you may start feeling stale even when you still have physical energy. Try rotating the existing décor to keep your office environment looking fresh. Definitely change out of your pajamas every day; this makes a huge difference! Readying yourself for the day as if you’re going out will set you in the frame of mind to get things accomplished. Creating a daily cue for yourself is another way to shift your focus from home to work. It could be a specific routine, a song, some stretches, or deep breathing – whatever suits you.
You may also benefit from adding a cue to the end of your workday. Some people have difficulty moving their focus away from work. If working with a team, announce the end of your shift to them so they aren’t trying to pull you back to work the rest of the evening. Keeping consistent hours will make your availability clear to everyone. When scheduling your calendar, be sure to include details like breaks and personal activities, such as appointments or workouts. Switch off from work mode after hours by closing off your workspace or putting away your laptop. Separate work from home by avoiding working from your bed or couch.
Distractions might be the biggest challenge when working from home. If living with others, a “do not disturb” sign is a gentle way to remind family that you’re busy. Noise-canceling headphones are used by a lot of people who need to tune out their surroundings. Let’s not forget that many distractions are self-made. Designate a certain time block each day for administrative tasks so you aren’t dropping what you’re doing to order supplies or open mail. Minimize personal effects in the work area and declutter regularly so your attention stays on the task at hand. Marie Kondo teaches tidiness as a lifestyle. And did you know she has her own line of office supplies?!
Eating is a very common distraction. Prepare meals in advance to eat during breaks so you don’t end up snacking at your desk. Do any of us really get much typing done while we’re elbow-deep in a bag of chips? Meal prep will also ensure that you eat enough to maintain your energy level as you work. The gourmet-style kitchens in all of our Belmont at Park Bridge Apartment Homes are outfitted to meet your needs. Our team wishes you well in your endeavors. We hope these tips will help your business run smoothly to keep you happy and fulfilled!