5 things you need to actually get work done at home
Posted on July 26, 2018
1 min read
Whether you’re a laptop-percher or prefer to park yourself in front of a garden window, flexible working arrangements allow you to get professional tasks done from the comfort of your favourite home position.
If you want to be productive going about your 9-to-5, there are few non-negotiables if you plan to actually avoid distraction and get some work done when #WFH.
Interior design and renovating gurus – and The Block’s husband-and-wife duo, Carlene and Michael Duffy – work from home. And with two busy professionals working under the one roof, a home office that functions properly and sets the couple up for efficiency is an absolute must.
Here, Carlene runs us through how they’ve set things up to ensure they’re always productive when working from home.
1 Take a who-what-when-why-how approach
If you want to set up the ideal home office, you need to have a good think about who it’s for, what it’s going to be used for, when it will be used and why. This will help you work out what you need and how to best set it up.
“If you have the option to work from home, it’s your opportunity to design the space exactly how you want,” says Carlene.
“It’s smart to really think about how you work and create flexibility within the space. For Michael and I, our tasks are so diverse. Where one day I could be choosing paint colours and materials, requiring lots of surface space; other days I’m just writing and literally just need my laptop and internet; then there are the days I can work from the sofa, or even the bedroom!”
2 Nail the tech set-up
In our digitally-driven world, you need to ensure you have the right tech set up to enable an effective home office environment.
“A good internet connection is key because it pretty much dictates the efficiency of our work,” says Carlene.
“We upload a lot of large files so we need a reliable internet connection. We tend to store a tonne of photos, videos and so on, so we also need a lot of space on our computers and additional hard drives.”
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3 Get creative with multiple zones
Setting up a home office offers an exciting chance to design and style the work space – traditionally an austere environment – exactly to your taste.
“We’ve created a fluid space that offers us the flexibility to move around within the space,” says Carlene.
“Michael tends to work at an office desk and I go between the desk and an armchair.”
To create the ideal space with multiple zones, Carlene says to consider a table, chair, surface space and a nice armchair.
“It’s about having multiple seating options, which is also good to help change how you sit and your posture, too,” says Carlene.
“If you’re comfortable you tend to work better.”
4 Don’t go for traditional office furniture & storage
When decking out your office digs, don’t fall into the trap of thinking you need to go for office furniture and storage.
“It’s an opportunity to buy nice pieces of furniture that you’ll love and cherish,” says Carlene.
To accommodate Carlene and Michael’s varied work tasks, they have a large timber table – that used to be a dining table – in their office space
“We also have really nice, really big buffet in our office that we keep a lot of our samples and things in,” says Carlene.
So, choose finishes and furnishings that you love! It sounds obvious, but taking this approach will promote happy, productive vibes in your work space, as well as ensure the office remains in keeping with the rest of your home’s interiors.
5 Keep it clean & orderly
Procrastination comes in all shapes and sizes and if you’re working from home, putting off a key task, it can be very easy to find just about any other household chore to keep you busy.
So, keep it clean in your off-hours, so you can remain focused ‘at work’.
“I need a really clean space to work and because I work from home, I need a clean house, too,” Carlene tells.
“If the house is disorderly I cannot focus, so before I start working I need everything put away and clean so I can focus on what I am doing.”
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