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Six Tips for an Organized Home Office

Six Tips for an Organized Home OfficeBy Christy Schutz

As I sit down to write this week’s post, I’m looking around and noticing that my office is a hot mess. Really. Papers everywhere, supplies scattered about, piles of work and things to follow up on placed haphazardly about, with my keyboard and mouse peeking out from all the madness. Suffice it to say, it is a bit overwhelming. In fact, there have been several studies that have shown that there is a direct connection between productivity and the amount of chaos and clutter in your workspace. More clutter usually equates to wasted time looking for things, trouble focusing, and ultimately less productivity.

So, I’ve decided to get my act together and share the following six tips for organizing your home office.

1. Have a place for everything.

If you want help keeping your desk clear of clutter, make a point to designate a home for everything. Paperwork can go in binders or file cabinets, supplies can be stored in a drawer or basket, projects you are currently working on can go in file folders or labeled “inboxes,” etc. If you have a place for everything, you will know where to put things away when you are done with them and will be able to find them again easily when you need them.

2. Manage what comes into your office. 

For whatever reason, my office becomes the storage place of the house, and things get tossed in there that don’t have anything to do with my work or managing the household. (more…)

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5 Time Management Tips for Working From Home

By Deborah Sweeney5 Time Management Tips for Working From Home

Some people were born to work from home. They don’t need an office to keep them accountable and productive, and they relish in the quietness and comfort of their own homes. Then there are people who need to work a little harder to keep on track. With all the distractions that come with working at home, it’s nice to have some tools in your back pocket to keep yourself focused.

Here are five ways to best manage your time when working from home:

Start the day with a to-do list.

I think this is a great way to start the day no matter where you work. The first thing I do when I start my day is write up a to-do list (physically, on a piece of paper) of everything I know I need to get done before the day’s over. It’s a great way to keep yourself on track throughout the day. It’s also better to have your goals laid out plainly in front of you rather than blindly trying to tackle everything and thinking after every task, “hmm what should I be working on now?” The to-do list cuts out that guess time. There’s also nothing quite as satisfying as crossing off an item on your list.

Set a timer.

If you have a particularly stacked list, and you don’t have a full eight hours to dedicate to everything you need to get done, efficiency is key. Before you get started, calculate how much time you should be spending on each task to get everything done (more…)

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Ditch the Perfectionist Syndrome: How to Do More While Working at Home

Ditch the Perfectionist Syndrome: How to Do More While Working at HomeBy Jeanne San

Working at home is hard enough as it is. When your work and home life is virtually inseparable, it’s easy to get bogged down by various little details on both fronts. Although the oft-quoted saying states that the “God is in the details,” it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to perfect all aspects of a job. To keep your sanity intact, you have to know where to draw the line between striving for the best and excessively trying to get everything right.

If you’ve ever found yourself dedicating undue time and energy to finish just one task, below are some valuable tips to keep yourself from falling into a vicious cycle of unrelenting perfectionism.

Assess Yourself if You Have This Problem.

The first thing you have to learn is whether you have a tendency to be perfectionistic. Being aware of your work habits puts you in a good position to improve it. So how do you know if you have a perfectionistic streak? First, if you leave no room for mistakes at all and you employ an all-or-nothing approach. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having high standards, but if it’s at the expense of your enjoyment, work, or health, then you can probably consider yourself as a perfectionist.

Shift Your Perspective.

It’s good to have an ideal, but not all ideals can be realistically accomplished. Whatever your ideal is, it should only serve as a guide, not an absolute thing you have to attain. To counteract this, try to have more helpful thoughts than self-defeating ones. (more…)

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10 Tips for Working From Home Efficiently – and Having More Time for You

10 Tips for Working From Home Efficiently - and Having More Time for YouBy Karen Beaman

So you work from home—or you want to. It’s a great way to bring balance to your life and make time for the things that are important to you. Whether you want more time for your family, friends, a hobby or just downtime to decompress, working from home and ditching that long commute can help. But it can be easy to get distracted when you work from home, so learning how to work more efficiently is critical to your work-from-home success.

Here are some tips for working from home that have helped me work more efficiently.

1. Stop multitasking.

Everyone thinks they’re good at it—I can read this email while I’m listening to a conference call, no problem!—but dividing your attention means you’re not really paying attention to either activity. Better to focus on one thing at a time, cross it off your list and move on.

2. Remove as many distractions as possible.

Sometimes your office doubles as your gym or your craft room and it’s easy to get distracted thinking about how much you need to exercise this week or when you’re going to start that new project. Stop it! Put a screen around your recumbent bike, cover your project table, do whatever you need to so distractions are out of sight and out of mind. (more…)

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6 Ways to Stay Productive When Working From Home

6 Ways to Stay Productive When Working From HomeBy Christina Tiplea

You wake up and immediately feel overwhelmed by thinking about how much you need to get done.

The emails are piling up in your inbox, the pile of dirty dishes in the sink is reminding you how behind you are on housework, and you forgot to make your kid’s lunch last night. It’s not even 7 a.m. yet and you already feel like a failure.

And to top it off – you stayed up until 1 a.m. last night working. Shouldn’t you feel more on top of things than this?

Some days you feel like you can’t possibly keep juggling working from home while still nourishing your personal life and relationships and making sure everything stays afloat. And although you might begin your day with great intentions of being super productive, so many things keep getting in the way and you feel like you just can’t seem to get a grasp on everything.

I am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. You can feel in control of your life and your work and thrive instead of trying to merely get through the day. (more…)

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