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Keeping Your Work at Home Office a Professional Space

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Home office, organization, work from home: Home Office Careers

Rebecca is a newlywed and an aspiring fiction author that got her start in content creation five years ago with her beauty and lifestyle based blog and YouTube channel.

Creating your perfect office space is just one step in keeping yourself productive when working from home. In this post I’m going to give you a few tips on how to keep your home office a professional space and in a few days we’ll have for you an organizational post to keep you on track as well! Altogether these posts are going to increase your productivity and help you keep your personal life and professional life separate, which can be such a challenge for remote workers.

After you read this post, make sure to share your tips below. The comments we get on the Home Office Career blog are so helpful to the community, so thank you for weighing in!

 

1. Have a separate desktop

If you get easily distracted when on your computer, in addition to blocking social media (unless it’s part of the job) you can also create a separate user account on your computer that will hold only your work files.

No photos, a different desktop background, making your work portal your homepage on your browser, etc. These little things will help you associate your space as a work environment. If you don’t know how to create an additional user on your computer, here are the instructions for Mac and PC.

 

2. Schedule clean ups

Random dishes, to-do lists, lip balms, clothing items…So many personal items can accumulate in your office space and they can suck away your productivity and make your space feel more like a catch-all rather than a professional office. Take 5 minutes after your workday to take unnecessary items away from your space and schedule a weekly or bi-weekly deep clean so that you can disinfect your keyboard and vacuum.

Offices generally have a janitorial staff and since you work from home, it’s up to you to keep this area up to snuff.

 

3. Limit personal errands

I spoke about this topic in my article on 5 work from home mistakes but keeping a schedule is essential if you want your home office to be as professional as it can be. Even posting your own “Office hours” on the door can make things feel more official. This is really helpful if you happen to have other people in the home while you are working.

Taking personal breaks can be needed for productivity but going on longer errands or appointments is not advisable. I am guilty of breaking this rule occasionally (I took my dog to the vet this morning so I could beat the after work crowd) but whenever I do this I know I have to work longer hours that night, which hurts my morale and makes my space feel less professional.

 

4. If you don’t have a spare room, use a partition

My home office is part of my living room so it can be hard to keep the personal items out and the professionalism in. I’ve been looking to invest in a folding screen or some other sort of partition so that I can have a little separation during my office hours and feel like I have a more clearly defined work space.

However, those items can be a bit pricey so for now I’ve set my sofa to be more in the middle of the room. This makes it easier for me to consider the front of the sofa my “living space” and behind it is my “office space.” It isn’t a perfect solution but it does help me feel more professional when I make a conscious effort to think of my work as separate from my relaxation time.

Keeping your home office professional can be a challenge but with some time and scheduling you’ll be on your way to a more productive and put together space.

 

What tips do you have for keeping your home office professional and productive?  I’d love to know your thoughts.

Stay tuned for our next organizational post so that you can round off your perfect home office.

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