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Top Tips For Keeping Organized When Working From Home

Working from home is a great way to maintain the balance between personal and professional life. However, keeping organized can prove challenging when you don't have the same structure as an office environment or even a set home office.


Here are 5 tips to help you keep on top of your work and be more productive:


Create a dedicated workspace


Your workspace should be a place you enjoy being. If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, it will be easy to lose focus. Create a dedicated space where you can get into the zone and let your creative juices flow without interruption. This can mean working from your kitchen table, but if your home is loud or has a lot of activity going on around it, consider finding another area of the house to call your own space.


The ideal workspace will have plenty of light (natural or artificial), not be too hot or cold, and should be free from dust and other debris that might distract you while working. You want to make sure this area is clean so that there are no distractions when trying to concentrate on work tasks rather than cleaning up messes! It’s also important that this environment doesn’t get too noisy; silence is key here! Finally, if possible locate this “office” near an available bathroom so that getting up during breaks won't lead anyone else wondering what's going on with their loved ones when they're away!


Plan your day


Once you have a clear mind and are feeling ready to tackle your day, it's time to start planning. This can be done in one of two ways: by creating a schedule or by creating a to-do list. The important thing is that you make sure everything gets done so that you stay on track throughout the week.


One way to create an agenda is by creating an entire calendar with all of your tasks written in it. This could help keep things organized, but it might also be hard to keep up with if something happens during your day that needs immediate attention (like if there's an emergency). Instead of writing down every single task on paper, try making a simple Google Calendar where most of them are scheduled days ahead instead. This way when something urgent comes up during work hours, it won't affect them too much since everything else has already been planned out beforehand!


Start with the most important task


The most important tip I have for you is to start your day with a clear plan. This can be as simple as writing down the three most important things you need to accomplish today, or it can be more complex, but in any case it's important to know what those tasks are going to be when you start working.


When I say "the most important" task, I mean it literally: don't get distracted by less critical tasks that may need doing later in the day. The reason for this is simple—if you don't finish those first two or three things before lunchtime, then there's little chance of getting them done at all! Similarly, if yesterday's unfinished work still needs attending to today (and let's face it...it probably does), then prioritize finishing off yesterday's unfinished business over starting on anything new until those older projects are complete.


Stay in touch


The best way to avoid becoming isolated is to stay in touch with your colleagues. For example, if you need to make a phone call, it’s best to use a landline or headset/speakerphone so that you can keep your hands free. If you're working with clients or customers who are local, take advantage of the convenience of video chats and phone calls via WhatsApp or FaceTime.


If possible, try not to work from home on weekends as this will only increase feelings of loneliness and isolation. Instead, schedule at least one day during each week where you can go out into the office and collaborate with your team members face-to-face in order to prevent burnout and improve productivity levels.


Keep your house tidy-ish


It's important to keep a clean workspace. However, it's also important to keep your entire house and car tidy. This will help you stay organized, which will make tasks like laundry, cleaning and tidying up easier.


You should always clean up after yourself in the kitchen, living room, bathrooms or wherever else you might be working from home. If you don't have enough time or energy to clean everything on your own every day—or if there are times when people other than just you are using these spaces—there are some ways that can help make keeping them tidy easier:

  • Cleaning supplies should be stored where everyone can access them easily (and preferably not in closets).

  • Make sure all surfaces have ample storage space for items such as paper towels and cleaning rags/sponges so they don't end up scattered around the room either by accident or on purpose.* Whenever possible try not having too many different types of cleaning materials lying around at once; this makes it far easier for everyone who comes into contact with those surfaces (including pets!) so they won't accidentally ingest any harmful chemicals while trying out different combinations of solutions.


There are tons of ways to stay organized when working from home, but these tips are some of the most important ones. You should always have a dedicated workspace, plan out your day before starting it and stay organized by using a planner. Take each workday one day at a time. You got this!


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