If you are freelancing or self-employed and working out of your home office, it is of utmost importance to keep an organized workspace. Here are a few tips to help keep your work environment organized, effective and productive.
Every job needs an area
Designate certain types of work to specific areas. For example, placing all the items needed to write a report in one area and all the items needed to do photography in another will help keep everything organized overall.
Keep hardware organized
A worker is only as good as his tools and you need quick and easy access to those tools to work effectively. Keep all hardware and tools required for a specific job together and be sure to return them to their place when the job is complete. This will save you a lot of time that is often wasted looking for hardware and tools to complete your project.
Hide cables and wires
Cables and wires are not only unsightly but can also present a tripping hazard. If possible, run cables through walls in order to keep them concealed. Otherwise, run cables along walls or up in areas that are safe for them to be. This will provide both a safe and good looking workspace.
File paperwork away in folders
It’s important to keep paperwork organized and in appropriate places. If everything is everywhere, important papers will get lost and you’ll waste time searching for specific documents. A well-organized folder system that you keep up to date is the best option for tackling this problem.
Consider a corner desk in a small room or high shelving for books and other items. Comfortable, ergonomic seating that supports your back is also important.