If you’re in the unusual situation of having to work from home under the current situation, you’d hardly be alone if you’re struggling to get into the swing of things. For those of us who aren’t used to setting up at our dining table for a full day of work, you’ve probably already fallen into the trap of taking a ‘break’ from work to tidy something, put the washing on or run the hoover round. The pressure of keeping things organised while we’re supposed to be working can build stress, anxiety and reduce productivity which is why tidiness is a must when working from home.
It’s Good For Your Health
Keeping things clean and tidy can do wonders for your health, not just during the work day but during everyday living too. A tidy bedroom, for example, can help you sleep better and a home office that’s kept clean will limit the potential spread of germs. Keep clutter to a minimum to limit places for dust or grime to build up by tidying away documents or supplies that you don’t need. Give your keyboard and mouse a regular clean too just to make sure that things are kept as clean as possible.
You Can Focus Better
A tidy space is a must-have if you want to be able to focus throughout the work day. With too much clutter or mess around you, it can be difficult to focus on one thing at a time. Your mind is always looking for the most important thing to focus on and it can be too easy to drift towards frankly anything that isn’t your work. Whether it’s organising paperwork, cleaning a mug, making a coffee or taking the time to tidy up, they can all distract you from the task you need to get done first. Take the time in the evening after work or at the weekends to have a complete top-to-bottom tidy of your work space and try to keep things down in the evenings or before work throughout the week to promote better focus.
Stress and fatigue are two of the biggest problems for people working from home, particularly for those who have never done it before. Working in a messy or unclean environment gives you something else to worry about on top of your existing workload and the accompanying stress of working in an unusual environment in the current situation. Clutter can also cause fatigue simply because your mind is never really at rest. Even if you’re taking a ‘break’ from work for the day, your eyes will be drawn to clutter and will be constantly working, leading to fatigue over long periods.
There’s nothing worse than not being able to find the one thing you need to complete a task. Whether it’s a particular document or a form to fill out, or even just a pen, a messy home office can make efficient working shockingly difficult. The more organised your workspace is, the less time you’ll spend trying to find things when you need them most. With easy access to what you need and minimal distraction, efficiency and productivity have the potential to be at an all-time high.
Whether your home is in need of a good clean out or you just need to tidy things up to keep them workable, ottomans provide a useful storage solution to keep clutter down. Take a look at our range of ottomans or get in touch for advice on where to start.