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Setting up a home office? Here’s how.

Business and Enterprise

Posted on June 21, 2016

4 min read

So you’re one of a growing number of people who work flexibly – in the office, at home or on the road, and now with nbn delivering office-like internet speeds right across the country its never been easier.

You’re looking over your new desk (the dining table never looked so professional), you’re rocking your best work attire (shirt and jacket up top, tartan pyjamas down below) and you’re ready to sit down and get to it.

But those productivity gains you promised your manager won’t magically materialise, so how do you make sure that your flexible working arrangements continue? Turns out it has a lot to do with technology and creating the right headspace as well as work space.

Find the right space

There hasn’t been a success story that came from under the stairs since Harry Potter, so cross that off your list immediately. Find a space that gives you room to move, allows you to spread out bits of paper so you can visualise problems, and has places for the tech that’ll make life easier.

It’s all about storage

If it’s one thing renovation shows teach us, it’s that storage matters, and it’s no different in the digital world. So equip yourself with a filing cabinet, devise a system that helps you find things instead of hindering it and explore your options online. Cloud storage will allow you to access your files on the go – whether you’re in the office, at home or down at the local café enjoying the sunshine.

Light up your life

Plenty of people complain about the lighting in their office, but now that you’re the office manager and worker, you can do something about it. Natural light is good for the soul, improves productivity and cuts down on the cost of energy. It’s a win-win-win.

Or if that’s not possible, get outside. With Telstra Air giving you connectivity at thousands of wi-fi hotspots across Australia, there are plenty of places you can set up camp and connect, all while drawing from your home broadband data allowance.

Think about your seating

You may not have the same worries as a Stark when it comes to getting a throne that suits your destiny, but there’s definite links between choosing the right place to park yourself and productivity.

So find out what suits you – whether it’s a stand up desk, a hamster wheel or a hammock, explore your options.

Go high tech

Making sure you’re able to work from various locations can drastically improve your chances of retaining your flexi week and impressing others with your ability to get things done. Work out ways you can use things like a virtual receptionist with products like Digital Office Technology™.

Who knows? You might get so productive you decide to give yourself an early mark.

Make the space your own

Having things like pictures, plants and other nick-nacks in your space is fundamental. In fact, a 2014 study stated that removing a workspace of these things makes it “the most toxic space” you can put someone in. By adding in plants to a sparse office, the researchers found that workers’ memory improved, along with performance.

Take five

Taking a break to get more done can seem counterintuitive, but it’s beneficial on a number of fronts: taking your mind off things can help you think more creatively, it can stop us from becoming bored and unfocused, and helps to reprioritise what we’re working on. It may be one of the reasons why tech like wearables can help you set goals and give you friendly reminders to get moving when you’ve been sitting still for too long.

There’s a bunch of different methods – the Pomodoro method and the 52-17 method are both worth looking at – but the moral of the story is simple: all work and no play makes Jack an unproductive worker (less catchy than the original, we know).

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