Have a home office? Or just staked out a claim on a corner of the living room? Staying focused when working from home can be a challenge (and by now the novelty's probably wearing off). Wherever you've set up shop, with family, laundry and pets around it's essential to make the distinction between your work space and relaxing space. A few simple changes can make your workspace – wherever it is – more productive. Read on for our home office hacks.
Find yourself working longer hours at home? Forgetting to take a real lunch break? Try keeping a clock or sand timer in sight: it's a good way to track your time and make sure you take the breaks you need. Be strict with yourself about logging off on time, too.
No coffee-making coworkers in communal kitchen spaces means that unless your WFH space is next to your kitchen, you’re probably not staying hydrated. It's easy to get caught up in meetings with no way to escape – so a large water bottle or pitcher on your desk can help remind you to drink up.
Clear The Clutter
Everything on your desk should either be inspiring or productive. Planners, notepads and pens in easy reach are great, but anything you don’t need will be a distraction. Remember to clean up after each day, so you’re all set for the next morning.
Sharing your space and find it hard to concentrate with voices in the background? A good pair of headphones are your must-have. Use them to listen to calming music or even your fave podcast if it helps you block out what’s going on around you.