Setting yourself up for success at home

Personalize your space

Everyone’s workspace situation is unique: kitchen counter, dining room table, bedroom desk, living room coffee table, home office, garage, deck or patio. Read these universal tips to help keep you working your best no matter where you are working:

  • Choose a quiet space so you can take conference calls and stay on track.
  • Be sure you have access to an electrical outlet to keep your computers and phone charged. Check out this extra-long iPhone charging cable or Android cable.
  • Make it comfortable. Make sure you have a comfortable place to sit with lots of light, whether natural or ambient. It helps keep our minds fresh and alert and prevents eye strain. Keep good posture so you’re not hunched over your computer.
  • Dedicate a space to take notes and work through paperwork.
  • Make space for a water bottle to stay hydrated, just like you would in the office.
  • Listen to music. If there ever has been a good time to bring out your Beats® headphones or Apple® airpods, now is the time. It helps keep outside distractions at a minimum and may help give your work a boost. Stay tuned to next week’s issue for suggested playlists to get you through the day.
  • Stay organized. If you can’t file things digitally, choose a filing method that works for you so you don’t get overwhelmed with stacks of paperwork and files.
  • Keep it clean. At the end of the day, throw away all trash, shred sensitive documents according to HIPAA policy, put dirty dishes in the dishwasher and wipe down surfaces–from computer screens and phones to your desktop, counter or table.

Set limits

  • Let your spouse and older kids know when you’re available and when you’re not. Idea: Every day, post a sign on the door or on the back of your computer with times you’re in meetings. Or text your family times you can’t be disturbed.
  • Take a lunch break. Studies show that leaving your workspace and eating in a different space can do wonders for your productivity.
  • Set workday limits. Now that work and home are one in the same, it’s easy to get carried away with work. It’s important to take care of yourself and your families, so set a time when you can retire from work for the day…and that includes turning off your computer, too.
  • Discover your high productivity hours and try to plan the rest of your day around them.
  • It’s ok to take breaks! The idea is to leave your workspace to refresh for a few minutes. Go outside. Get some fresh air. Walk your dog. Play with your cat. Help your kids with their online school work. Have a snack. Speaking of which…see the next article.
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