When you’re a tradie with a hands-on job, it can sometimes seem like there just aren’t enough hours in a day. So, it’s no wonder paperwork is the last thing on your mind. An efficient home office space can help you stay on top of your admin work, clearing up more time for the things that matter. Here’s how to make a home office work for you.
1. Choose a space
Perching on the edge of the kitchen bench with your stack of paperwork and the morning’s breakfast dishes is a less-than-ideal home office solution. Not having a defined line between your domestic and work life can easily lead to distraction. Try clearing a specific nook in the house – one that is quiet and secluded (preferably with a door). Marking out this space will help communicate to your brain, and your family, that you’re in work mode.
2. Tackle the paper pile
Now that you’ve set aside a place to do your office work, it’s time to clear out that endless paper clutter. Take the looming stacks of invoices, rogue phone numbers, and on-site scribbles, and sort them into piles, separating them by type and the action they require. Accounting apps, like QuickBooks Online, can then help you digitise your documents. Taking snapshots of receipts to record expenses, and create and send quotes online will smooth out the admin process – and you’re far less likely to drown in paperwork in the future.
3. Tidy your desk
Without a swamp of documents taking over your office, it should be a little easier to keep your work area tidy. An uncluttered space will help you stay focused more easily. Try keeping only the essentials on your desk –storing supplies you use less often in a place that makes sense. Taking a few minutes at the end of each work day to tidy your office can help you hit the ground running when you come back tomorrow.
4. Set a routine
Now that you’ve carved out your work area, it’s time to establish a routine. Be realistic about when you can work and try scheduling it into your day-to-day in addition to jobs and client meetings. Communicating your home work schedule to family and friends can avoid blurring the lines between your business and domestic life. Also, don’t forget to allow time for breaks: stepping away from the desk every once in a while can help you refresh your mind and focus.
5. Brighten your space
Lastly, breathe a little life into the space. Introducing some light and colour can make the time you spend in your home office a lot more enjoyable – and more productive. Good lighting is essential, for both your eyes and your mood, so try incorporating as much natural light as possible. Some green such as office plants, photographs, and motivational posters can also contribute to a positive energy in your dedicated workspace.
Creating an efficient home office can save you a lot of time and stress when it comes to desk duties. With these simple steps, even the smallest of spaces can quickly transform into a home office oasis.