Do you work from home? If you do, you’re not alone!
More Americans than ever are trading in the cubicle for the home office, as technology makes it easier than ever to work your 9-5 from anywhere. Even better? Studies show that employees who get the chance to work from home get more done and report higher rates of job satisfaction.
Of course, when you’re transitioning to telecommuting after working in an office full-time, there can be some adjustment time required. So, what can you do to make sure that working from home works for you?
Part of making sure that you’re being your most productive and your happiest may come down to getting your home to feel more like an office space.
To start, a lot of experts agree that it’s important to carve out a dedicated “work” space in your home, to help you perform your best while maintaining work-life balance. This way, you can get yourself into work mode when it’s time to get things done, then transition back into “rest and relaxation” at the end of the day.
From there, it’s important to make sure that your work station – whether it’s a desk or an entire home office – sets you up for success. Here are five things that may help you make the most out of working from home:
1.) A Clean, Organized Work Station
Over the years, research has proven that tidy, uncluttered workspaces lead to higher levels of productivity overall.
When you’re working from home, just like in an office, it’s important to have a work station that’s organized and clean. Find an organizational system that works for you; don’t let tools or papers form mountains all over your working area; take out the trash and recycling regularly; and be sure to routinely get rid of dust and food crumbs.
Remember: The more clean and welcoming your working area, the better it will feel to get work done!
2.) Lots of Light
Many modern office spaces are designed with huge windows in place. The goal of this design choice is to let in as much natural light as possible. This makes a lot of sense! A well-lit workspace will help employees get more done. And the more natural light you let in, the more energy you can save by not having to turn on fluorescent lights.
Set up your home office or work area with this in mind! Letting in as much natural light as possible is a great way to mimic the feeling of being in an office. To help make this easier, it’s important to make sure that your windows are clean and clear, and able to let in as much light as possible.
3.) Plants to Help Clean the Air
Another thing you’ll notice when you spend a lot of time in different workplaces? From law offices to doctors’ waiting rooms, you’ll find plants everywhere!
Turns out, there are a few great reasons for this. Besides offering a pop of color and freshness, plants also help clean the air (which is great news for everyone, but especially allergy sufferers, who may be able to breathe easier with plants around).
Amazing decorations that also make it easier to breathe? Plants really can do it all, and that’s why they’ll make a great addition to your work-from-home area!
When you’re shopping for plants for your home, be sure to select plants that can help purify air. You’ll also want to take note of what your new plant needs to really thrive! Plant food, water, sunlight – it’s important to get the conditions just right so that your green work buddy can help brighten things up for a long, long time.
4.) A “Break Room” of Your Own
Many offices have separate spaces for employees to retreat to when they need some time away from their desk. Think teachers’ lounges, employee break rooms, common kitchens, and even rooftop gardens.
When you work from home, you still deserve a clean, well-stocked space that you can use for your lunch break… or maybe even a scheduled nap time (hey, you are at home, right?).
While you shouldn’t make your break space too comfortable (or you might just spend all day there), you should have one in mind that’s ready for you to go to in a pinch.
Whether it’s the kitchen, a sitting room, a home library, or even a back patio, it’s important to have a clean, clutter-free space that you can use when you need to decompress, if even for a few minutes.
5.) A Little Bit of Help
One of the greatest things about working from home is that it gives you freedom and flexibility to spend your time the way you want to, without a manager constantly looking over your shoulder.
So working from home can be a great way to reclaim some time for the things that matter most to you, whether that means relaxing outside, exercising, or spending more hours with your family and friends.
Whether you work from home or not, do you really want to spend your free time cleaning when you could be focusing on the things that matter to you?
That’s where Sweeping Dimensions Cleaning Service comes in! Here at SDCS, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful, and give you back time for the most important things in your life.
Work, family, fun – we understand how important these things are. And we can help you make the most of them!
Whether you’re looking for a deep clean before setting up your home office, regular housekeeping for your work area and “break room,” or service for a special event, SDCS can help! We bring all of the supplies necessary to clean your home, with an emphasis on green, environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.
Our professionally trained teams can also work on your schedule. We offer flexible time windows, so that you can schedule a cleaning at the best moment for you. No need to worry about interrupting your work flow!
And here at SDCS, we know the value of a job well done. That’s why we offer the Sweeping Dimensions guarantee. If our cleaning services should ever fail to meet your expectations, you can call us within 24 hours of your cleaning and we will send out a supervised crew to correct anything that needs attention.
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