There’s nothing more distracting at work than a messy desk or filing system, and with the current rise in people working from home (WFH), there is now the additional need to keep your working area from encroaching on your personal space. In this article, we give 5 tips on how to WFH effectively and we explore how small business self storage could help you.
As a small to medium business owner operating during the current coronavirus epidemic, it can be hard to achieve that all-important work/life balance. Perhaps you have a business that usually sells products in-store but all of a sudden you’re selling more online and needing to send your customers their products. Are the towers of boxes and shipping supplies currently overtaking your living room? Or, perhaps you normally work out of a small office space but now that you’re working from home, you need to store excess paperwork and files closer to home and out of the reach of little hands!
Here at Hogleaze self storage in Dorchester and Weymouth, we’re all about making space for the things you love and safely storing the things you need. So what do you do when you no longer have the luxury of an office space or a physical storefront? Read our top tips on how to make your new home office space work for you, whatever the size.
- Find the perfect space
Whether you already have an at-home office, a spare bedroom or a segment of the living room in which to work, having a dedicated workspace is essential. Staying focused on work whilst you are at home can be difficult. You need a place to go to, but equally, a space to leave once you have finished your working day. If you have excess furniture in your new home office, consider storing it safely in a self-storage unit until it is needed once more. Take a look at our Dorset storage solutions here >>
2. Clear your space
Think hard about what you really need on a day to day basis, and what items you can either live without or can be stored elsewhere. The stricter you are during this process, the better the result. Consider filing old paperwork away, boxing up excess stationery supplies and printer paper or treating yourself to some new desk accessories, which you can buy online. For tips on document storage read our article here >>
3. Make things accessible
Now you’ve sorted through what things you need access to more regularly, consider where to locate them in your workspace. Placing your most-used items such as pens, paper, post-it notes etc. within easy reach helps in your mission to work more efficiently. Consider placing these items neatly on your desktop or in your top drawer for easy access.
4. Say NO to procrastination
When you’re WFH it’s easy to get distracted from the task at hand. Is the latest Netflix series or garden project calling out to you? Perhaps your mounting pile of washing up is in the corner of your eye? Try these techniques from Harvard Business Review to stay focused whilst you’re working from home.
5. Keep up the good work
After all the effort to get your space working for you, it would be a shame to not keep it up. At the end of each day, organise things as they should be so that when you come ‘into the office’ the next day, you can get straight to work and start off on the right foot.
With these 5 easy tips, you should be able to achieve the work/life balance that we all need right now. If you require help with your domestic or business self storage or you find you need more space the longer you work from home, contact Hogleaze Storage today to find out how we can help. Our business storage units come in different sizes and we offer a zero deposit policy at both our Dorchester and Weymouth sites.