Work­ing it out

Of­fice tips and tricks that will have you tak­ing care of busi­ness

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There’s a lot of talk about work/life bal­ance but for peo­ple who work from home, the lines can be­come blurred. Ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy have en­abled in­creas­ing num­bers of us to work from home — whether for an em­ployer or for our­selves — so a well-de­signed home of­fice is key.

Di­rec­tor of Arm­chair Psy­chol­ogy Amanda Gor­don says it can be dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to cre­ate a true bal­ance, so that they’re not al­ways tempted to be work­ing or, al­ter­na­tively that they’re not pro­cras­ti­nat­ing when there’s some­thing that needs their at­ten­tion.

“If you are a highly dis­ci­plined per­son who can make the dis­tinc­tion be­tween home and work, then work­ing from the com­fort of your own home can be quite ef­fec­tive,” she says.

“But with­out the sep­a­ra­tion be­tween home and work, you of­ten keep think­ing about work when your mind should be else­where.”

The key is work­ing out ways to men­tally switch be­tween home and work.

“By con­sciously com­plet­ing your day’s work and clos­ing the door, you can move to that other space which is home — but it’s harder to do it when it’s just be­hind the door.”

April 7, 2018

You don’t need to have a built-in unit in a sep­a­rate of­fice. This desk and stor­age sys­tem from West Elm is a sim­ple but ef­fec­tive workspace.

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