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November 5, 2015

How I Became More Productive at Home. {Infographic}

Justin Snow/Flickr

One day, I decided to quit my job. What’s more, I decided to give up my hobby.

I woke up in the morning with a strange feeling inside: I didn’t want to work anymore.

That was awful, and I was half-dead from everything around me. After spending a day in such a mood, I decided to solve this problem once and for all.

I asked myself three questions:

1. Why don’t you want to continue?

2. What do you want to do?

3. When will you start working again?

After some time, I realized that I wanted to enjoy life without working all day long. It seemed I was thinking about becoming more productive.

So, I decided to change something in my life.

First Steps.

Researching useful information has always been a pleasant pastime for me, and that is why I rolled up my sleeves and started surfing the Internet. There were too many articles, too many ideas and too many materials about the art of being productive.

Which articles are trustworthy? Which tips are efficient?

I had no idea. Thus, I started my experiment in creating the perfect productivity space at home.

My Home Renovation.

I had been dreaming of making a renovation for a long time. I needed changes in my life, and I needed to become more productive.

These are five things I paid attention to:

The best colors for walls are blue and green.
Proper lighting stimulates me to work better.
If I have an updated computer, I start working faster.
I use a writing desk with lockers to get rid of extra stuff.
Decorating is not only pleasant, but also an important thing.

Okay, I have to be honest: This process was difficult to start but easy to complete.

Creating Two Zones for Work.

Once, I read an article about a workplace demarcation, and it impacted me a lot. At first, I thought it was hard to create both zones (computer and non-computer ones) at home, but then my muse appeared. Whispering to myself that it’s normal at least to try, I started demarcation.

A computer zone.

When it comes to working at a computer, I go to this area. Here I have a computer, a writing desk and notes that I often use. In short, this zone is the main in my working process. And yes, I am writing this article here as well.

A non-computer zone.

If I am tired or want to take a time-out, I use that area. Thanks to the digital era we are living in and all the gadgets we have (laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc.), now it is easy to continue working with a laptop while lying on a sofa. Plus, I often draw inspiration from things I like: Salvador Dali paintings, chill-out music and Hemingway’s books. In fact, it has become an inspirational booster for me.

Organizing A Writing Desk.

Do you consider your writing desk well-organized? Let’s compare it to mine.

Do you…

Use shelves for books and magazines?

Keep all utensils in a box?

Know what good lighting is?

Use a digital highlighter?

Have live plants on your table?

If you have at least one negative answer, then maybe you could organize your writing desk better. Or do what I’ve done.

My number one rule is to keep my writing desk clean.

There are three things I do daily:

I hide notes and drafts in a locker.

I wash my cup.

I put pencils and pens into boxes.

I can’t think of a better feeling than the one that arises when I drink a cup of green tea while working productively at my writing desk. By the way, I’ve put several photos of my dearest and nearest people there; smiling at photos inspires me to work harder.

Adding Comfort.

We all know that having a comfortable working place is important. To organize such a place, I paid attention to my chair, first of all, as it should be good enough to promote good posture and prevent back pain.

Impressed by the variety and number of chairs in shops, I had to try around 30 of them before I’d chosen the perfect one for me.

Why is it perfect?

It supports my lower back.

It has arm rests.

It is made of leather.

These five best office chairs help us get a better idea of what a perfect one should look like.

As soon as I started using mini elliptical trainers, I increased my physical activity. So, if you are short on time to do activities, you can do exercises while working.

Being a healthy person is important, as one gets the energy to stay productive.

 

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Once Stephen King said,

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

Inspired by my favorite author, I’ve started a new life. That’s how this infographic about workplace organization appeared:

ways to organize your writing cabinet

Now I am more productive, and the working process brings me joy. Feel free to use my ideas and tips!

So, are you ready to change your work life?

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Relephant Read:

3 Surprising Things that Will Increase Your Productivity at Work by 30% Each.

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Author: Emily Johnson

Editor: Toby Israel

Photo: Justin Snow/Flickr // Infographic: Author’s Own

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