If you have an office office, you could easily spend some time working from home too. The photo shows a cramped setup that might be usable for short periods
Working from a home office means working primarily from the office located in your home. I've been working from my home office for over 3 years. We’ll explore three keys for long term success.
1. EquipThe key word in “home office” is office. An office is a place you work. An office is equipped with the right tools for you to get results. These tools might include:
- an office-grade chair
- full-spectrum lighting (ideally daylight)
- a business-grade computer with an external keyboard and external monitor
- a computer table with a keyboard tray with an adjustable height
- a business-grade printer/scanner
- reliable, fast Internet
- a desk or table
- filing space
Maybe you have no visitors. That doesn't matter. Your physical surroundings affect your mindset, productivity and results. Even colours make a difference. It’s easy to scrimp on your setup. If you had an outside office, what would you pay in rent? Maybe you can use a portion of that money to equip your home office in stages.
I'm lucky. In the mid 1990s, I had a 20’x20’ office with solid oak furniture and chairs finished in the fabric of my choice. When the company switched to open concept in grey/beige, I bought my furniture.
2. WorkYou go to an office to work. You’re in the right frame of mind and dressed appropriately. If you wouldn’t go to an outside office in your pyjamas, why go to your home office that way? At least dress well enough for a video conference call.
You're at your office to work. so work. With no one to monitor you, you might not be accountable. You can bring in discipline by having rules (e.g. no personal tasks except during breaks), a schedule (e.g., slots for checking email) and using time tracking tools.
3. Go HomeWhen you're done working at an outside office, you go home. The travel creates a buffer. You lose that when when your office is at home. How do you stop working? This may be your biggest challenge — especially if you enjoy what you’re doing.
There’s no place like home if you can’t stop working. You don’t what your home office to become your office with a kitchen, shower and bed.
- How to work from a home office (part 2) (new)
- How to design the ideal home office (Entrepreneur)
- Shades of meaning in the office decor (The Telegraph, May 2008)
- slideshow: How to successfully work from home (Forbes, Aug 2012)
- Recovering from another computer breakdown
- Three rules to use the right work tools
- Best 5 colors that increase productivity
- image courtesy of kaymystiry