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As a Project Manager, you will be used to evaluating priorities frequently to progress a plan effectively and efficiently for your client; but how often have you reviewed your own home office workspace?

Your workspace at home needs to save time and increase productivity so that you can work to your absolute best, without distractions or unnecessary stress.

With that in mind, here are our top five tips for creating a more productive home office workspace.

  1. Lighting is key

Working in natural light is preferable over artificial lighting. When setting up your home office, ensure the layout makes the most of the natural light available. Overhead lighting and lamps are also important to consider, but it is the quality of the natural light that will be a deal breaker. If you can, have your desk facing a window – it’s more conducive than facing a wall. If you are feeling happy, you’ll work quicker and more effectively.

  1. Noise controlled environment

Depending on your living situation, you may have a spouse, roommate or children sharing your home. It’s vital that these people respect and understand your working space needs to be quiet and calm. Setting up your office in a high foot traffic area, such as the kitchen or near the bathroom, may cause friction and distractions when you’re in the middle of an important project.

  1. Choose décor carefully

When designing your home office, you should be aware of the type of environment that motivates you. Choosing a décor that’s too similar to the rest of your home may cause you to feel too relaxed and not focused on the task at hand.

Choosing décor that inspires you, whether that be artwork or a ‘thinking’ chair that’s separate to your desk chair, will keep you energised and productive.

  1. A place for everything

The saying, “a place for everything and everything in its place” is essential to an efficient home office. You should carefully consider your storage requirements on and around your desk as disorganised stacks of work and piles of stationery will feel chaotic.

Solutions for this problem are as simple as buying pencil cups, trays, and folders to keep everything stored in an orderly fashion.

  1. Deduct your home office

One of the main benefits for having a clearly defined and properly set up home office is so you can deduct expenses from the business use of your home, and any items used purely for business purposes.

You’ll need to find a reasonable method for dividing costs between business and personal use, but you will be able to claim towards heating, electricity, mortgage and internet use. One of the simplest ways of doing this is to divide your costs between the number of rooms in your house. For example, if you have four rooms in your house (including your office), you can claim expenses on ¼ of your electricity bill.

You are also able to deduct business-related expenses of your home office, such as stationary and supplies.

Getting the most out of your workspace is vital to achieving the elusive work-life balance we all strive for. Although we can’t help you to select the best colour for your office walls, we can help you reduce your tax bill by ensuring you claim for all the expenses you’re entitled to.

Tailored Resourcing & Accountancy offers a cost-effective and transparent payroll service to contractors, freelancers and small business owners. Offering the latest software and technology, we make sure you’re promptly paid through your own Limited Company or our Umbrella Company.