Working in a home office can seem quite comfortable from the outside. I know it’s not that comfortable working model. Although I spend most of my time in the office of the company I work for, I usually work at home office for companies I support freelance. So, I’m an office worker on both sides. Therefore, I am very familiar with the differences between working in a firm’s office and working in the office (home office) you set up at home.
Like my other articles that I aim to increase your earnings, I will share methods that will increase your work efficiency in this article. It is likely that your earnings will increase as productivity increases.
Home Office Working What
is it? Working in a home office means doing professional work at home. If there is a job, there must also be a discipline. You ask why?
My job: Content manager & author. My job requires some creativity. The better I can focus on the subject I am interested in at that moment, the better quality content comes out. The quality of the content ensures the continuity of my business and expands my customer portfolio. The conclusion here is that I can be successful to the extent that I can focus on my work.
In fact, this is true for everyone regardless of their profession. For example, a software developer can concentrate more on his work and code better. In short; It is imperative to concentrate on the work for the work that has few errors, does not have to go over and is delivered on time.
I do not have a hard time concentrating in the office environment of the company I work for, because everything from the selection of office furniture to the seating arrangement is planned as the job requires. Since my reason for being there is to do business, I do not have different dreams. Since there are other people around me who are part of the work, I can instantly get ideas where I hang out. My pen, notepads, staples, documents and anything else I might need for work are right beside me. Moreover, since I have responsibilities towards all of my colleagues, I don’t waste my working hours on unnecessary work in a negative way.
What about the situation at home?
Working at Home Office
I do not have to set an alarm to wake up early in the
mornings. I can increase the meal break to
3 hours instead of 1 hour. I can end my daily work and
go outside whenever I want. I can work on th
e balcony instead of working at the desk. I c
an also work in my pajamas without leaving my
We have much more flexible conditions when working in a home office.
This flexibility can often turn into a huge source of resistance that prevents the job from being performed. The strongest units of resistance that prevent doing business: lethargy and concentration problems.
Therefore, it is necessary to manage these flexible working conditions, which look good from the outside but turn into torture for home office workers. What I have told so far summarizes the productivity reasons in the office environment and the reasons of inefficiency in the home office environment more or less. However, it also points out what needs to be done to increase productivity while working at home office.
Your predictions are correct. In order to increase productivity while working in the home office, we need to adapt our home environment and behavior to the professional atmosphere in the business world.
If we wanted to make a cheklist on this subject, what would be the most important items on this list?
Home Office Recommendations for Employees to Improve Working Performance
Here are 10 tips to increase your home office working performance.
1- Working Hours:
Yes, although one of the best advantages of working at home office is flexible working hours, I find it beneficial to limit these hours. At the very least, you can say “I will consider the following time of the day – example: 08:00 ~ 16:00 – working hours”.
The fact that you have set such a rule for yourself does not mean that you will start working at 08:00 in the morning and work continuously until 16:00 in the afternoon. We set this rule rather, by defining boundaries, to avoid excessive flexibility.
If we continue with the example, it is certain that you will not start work before 08:00 in the morning, right? Take care of your sleep or sports. Again, according to our rule, we will not work after 18:00. So it might be better not to exaggerate sleep. Complete your business until 18:00. If not, leave it for the next day. If you follow the rule, you will see that things will usually not be left for the next day ?
Room: Okay, our environment is a house, but this house has rooms with different purposes, isn’t it? Or, as in the examples I mentioned above, do not exaggerate and enter the shower cabin with a laptop.
Come on, these were exaggerated examples. Let’s come to examples that might and might not be better. Likewise, I would say don’t work on the balcony or at the kitchen table. I find these rules very important to be able to concentrate completely.
If the number of rooms in your house is suitable for this, use a room entirely as a study. If you do not have such a possibility, configure the living room for both your working and daily needs. Let’s examine how it should be in the next article.
3- Structure of the Working Roo
m: Previously, “what should be the ideal sales office for sales consultants?” I published an article on the subject. The main theme in the article was that objects that would distract the customer should not be kept in the office. Similar rules apply for home office workers. This time it’s not your customer; I aim to protect your attention. Consider these items when choosing office furniture and accessories.
An ideal study essentially requires:
An ideal office chair with an ideal height, width and len
gth. It will not make you sleepy, but it will not be uncomfortable like the wooden benches in t
he parks. An ideal cabinet that will allow you to easily find
the items you are looking for. A bookcase or wall shelves that you c
an have immediately at hand. cork board to face the monitor in front of it. (It will be useful to keep in mind)
Stationery materials you may need such as pencil holder, paper clip, hole punch, stapler, eraser, mouse battery, calculator are ready on the table or immediately in your desk drawer.