For many of us, our home has become a full-time office, and for some, also a child’s classroom. Here are a few tips that may help you make the most of your space:

  • Straighten up your entire house during non-work hours so you can focus on your work and not the mess that needs to be tackled in another room of your house.
  • Identify the tools you will use most frequently and have all needed supplies, reference books, trash can and recycle bin near your workspace.
  • Use a workspace with a flat surface, good lighting, and comfortable chairs that you can sit in for a while.
  • Have plenty of storage to avoid build-up.
  • Divide your workspace from your personal space and, if possible, create a work area in a place that can be left undisturbed (not the table you would have to clear off for regular meals, if possible). For instance, you could set up a card table in a quiet place in the house that is free from distractions.
  • Consider using outdoor spaces that may be used for study or work areas in warmer weather such as a garden table, gazebo or patio table.
  • Not warm enough to work on your patio? Bring some green inside with a desk plant.
  • Have a dedicated place in your home to stash electronics that may be distracting during your work time. (For some, smartphone accessibility may reduce productivity).
  • Make sure the other people in your home realize your need for space and when you are not to be disturbed.
  • If possible, set a schedule and take meaningful breaks. Time your breaks as per your normal work schedule. 15-minute breaks are great for a quick self-recharge.