Working from home is the dream for many people and ensuring you get the most out of your home office is the key to success. Maintaining a level of professionalism and organisation will allow you to conduct business from your home office more effectively and more efficiently. #1. Keep your work life and personal life separate Okay, so this is probably one of the most obvious tips but mixing business and pleasure, especially in a home office setting is just not a good idea. There is no denying that the two will cross over at times for the simple fact that your office is your home. In order to overcome this challenge, remove distractions such as tv, game consoles and books so you can focus on your work. Have a level of differentiation between your office space and other areas in your house. #2. Set regular office hours Working from a home office allows you to have a flexible schedule and that’s great but you still have to put in so many hours a day in order to get your work finished. You certainly don’t have to follow a more traditional work day but allocating uninterrupted blocks of time to do work is vital to being productive. #3. Organise your space Don’t try and work from the middle of a sea of papers, postids and dirty coffee cups. Find a way to organise your desk that works for you. Reduce clutter as much as possible, so that you can focus on what you are doing. A good idea is to clear the desk at the end of every day so you start fresh at the start of the next one. #4. Use a whiteboard or notice board Putting up a magnetic board, pin board or marker board will help you stay organised and maximise your productivity. Having your to-do-list neatly displayed in front of you will keep you focused and engaged in your work. #5. Utilise natural light If at all possible set up your home office in a room that gets plenty of natural light. It will increase your mood, let you focus better on your work and boost your mood as you work. #6. Use a clock Keeping track of time is important during your work day. Ensure that you have a clock on the wall, large enough for you to read at a glance so you can give tasks the necessary time they require. #7. Get a good chair Working from home doesn’t mean you should slouch in the armchair doing your work. Using a good chair, with proper support will help you stay attentive and alert while also offering your lumbar the support it needs. #8. Simplify Keep things minimal in your office. Have what you need and nothing more. Everything should have its place and you should be able to access everything you need quickly and easily. #9. Stay updated Keeping your software, virus scanners and operating system up to date is important for you to stay productive. You don’t want to be dealing with pesky popup reminders to update all the time so stay on top of your tech. #10. Get out of your office Being in a home office people sometimes get complacent; they get a bit too comfortable. Take a break or relocate for the afternoon to a coffee shop or a library and come back to your home office reinvigorated and energised. Images: “A cat in a home office – peeping behind a laptop screen on a desk with stationery equipment and books, kitchen in the background./ Shutterstock.com“ __________________________________________________________________________________ Connect with Tweak Your Biz: Would you like to write for Tweak Your Biz? Tweak Your Biz is an international, business advice community and online publication. Today it is read by over 140,000 business people each month (unique visitors, Google Analytics, December, 2013). See our review of 2013 for more information. An outstanding title can increase tweets, Facebook Likes, and visitor traffic by 50% or more. Generate great titles for your articles and blog posts with the Tweak Your Biz Title Generator.