Productivity & Organization

How To Stay Organised Working From Home

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I pride myself on being organised. It’s one of my best qualities. I’m not trying to toot my own horn – heck I RARELY compliment myself – but my organisational skills are top notch. I work from home and I’m self employed, so staying organised is of a super high importance to me. If I’m not organised, then my working day would be absolute mayhem.

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Working in an office, I guess you have organisational methods and systems already in place. Filing cabinets and folders from the way the company have always organised things. It’s just up to you to learn those techniques and carry them on. But when you work from home, it’s alllll up to you baby!

I firmly believe that staying organised helps you stay productive and lowers stress levels too. I know from experience that if I’m having a day where I’m feeling particularly un-organised (which is rare), my head is ALL OVER THE PLACE and I feel like a computer screen with 16 different tabs open.

So today I’m going to share some super easy ways you can stay productive when working from home. Whether you work from home permanently or on the odd occasion, these tips can easily be implemented into your life!

Try and get into a routine

Although not directly related to organisation, more so to productivity but I feel like the two go hand in hand. And a routine is a big part of that. I won’t suggest a routine for you to try because it’s important to remember that different things work for different people. But try and find a routine that works for YOU and do your best to stick to it!

Store everything properly

So the other week I was looking for one of my tax books from a previous tax year. I’m SUPER organised, as you well know already so I was horrified that I couldn’t find it. How could I be SO CARELESS with something SO IMPORTANT. Oh, what’s worse, is that this book contained my log in details for HMRC *internally cries*.

We finally found it. It was in the shed. I don’t know why it was in the shed but it was in the shed. Among a load of other old rubbish, photographs and nick nacks. Not the ideal place to “store” important documents. So if you work from home or work for yourself, a good storage system is VITAL for organisation.

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Keep a dedicated office / work space

This is one point that I really need to take my own advice on but sadly it hasn’t been possible for me to have a dedicated work space at home because there isn’t the room! BUT if you do have the option, find a dedicated work space and make it your own. Whether that’s a spare room or a garden office. It’ll be much easier to stay organised if you’re keeping your work stuff and life stuff separate.

De-clutter regularly

I’m a huge advocate for de-cluttering. I hate clutter. Hate, hate, hate it. And I honestly feel like my mind is more cluttered when I have more physical clutter around me. Psychology, eh? So of course it’s important to de-clutter your kitchen cupboards and your wardrobe regularly but don’t forget your work space too. Your desk, your files and even your laptop and digital devices!

Lists, notebooks and spreadsheets

Yay, lists! My favorite thing EVER. Not a day goes by without me working from a to-do list and I believe they help massively with organisation. Notebooks are great to stay organised too as you can dedicate a different notebook to a different area of your work. And spreadsheets, well… who doesn’t love a spreadsheet?

Stop multitasking

Again another point that will help with both organisation and productivity and that’s stop multitasking. Stop it. Seriously. This is something I’ve been working tirelessly on for years, being of a certain go-go-go nature. But why would you want to half ass 3 jobs when you could do 1 properly? Think about it.

Take breaks regularly (especially if you’re always sitting down!)

And finally a point to help you keep up the momentum. Because working from home… there’s a lot of distractions. And temptations. The fridge. The dog. The PlayStation. So it’ important to take those breaks, as you would working in an office and not push through until you drop.

How do you stay organised when you work from home? Have you implemented any of these tips or have any organisational hacks to share yourself? Let me know!

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87 Comments

  1. These are some great tips especially for those who are having to stay from home. It can be so hard to stay organised and motivated when working from home. Following these tips can be helpful. I use to-do lists, my planner and my bullet journal x

  2. Lists are an absolute lifesaver! I make multiple a day usually but it really keeps me on track! Would hardly get anything done without them haha xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

  3. I’m still trying to adapt a routine but lists, oh my lists are the number one thing keeping me going!

    Jessica | http://www.jessicabautista.co.uk

  4. I think that setting yourself a routine is key in staying organised! Also who doesn’t love a de-clutter?! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

  5. Thanks a lot for sharing.
    It can be difficult to switch off when working from home but it’s good to stay organised!

  6. williake says:

    I am the ultimate multitasker and found that when I work from home it’s so hard to jump from work, to my blog, to housework. I definitely am most productive when I can direct all my energy into one task at a time. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love this! I also feel like I am a pretty organized person, however, there’s always room for improvement! I love learning new ways to be organized and productive. Thanks for sharing!

    Kristen | https://globetrottingguiris.com/

  8. I love everything about this topic. I really enjoyed this post. The house seems to get so much more disorganized now that I’m home all of the time. (Even if I spend 6 hours at my desk working!) It’s like some weird twilight zone, where I clean and put things away but turn around and there they are. I always appreciate new ideas on how to stay organized. Thank you!

  9. You are such an inspiration! I like that idea of a garden office…something wonderful to dream about. All of these ideas are good. I think keeping up a routine is so very important in anything that you want to do. We have to make time for the things that are most important to us…and that does involve structure, Without that, nothing we want to do ever gets accomplished. Thank you for this…such a good reminder! 🙂

  10. Spreadsheets and to-do lists are a lifesaver for me when it comes to working from home! I’ve also found that leaving my phone in the other room is a huge help too so I’m not constantly scrolling through Facebook! x

  11. Honestly I cannot agree with the storing everything in its place enough, because there is nothing more annoying when you end up throwing everything all over the place just to find one document haha! I am definitely an organised person, so these points I pretty much do xxx

  12. Like you, I’m a really organised person. I don’t like clutter or chaos because it makes me anxious. I already follow most of these tips but you’ve given me a couple of new ideas too so thanks!

  13. I’ve really been struggling with working from home and this is such a helpful post in order to combat the struggles that might arise due to that. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  14. wonderful post to stay organized, its going to help me!! thanks.

  15. Lovely post and so helpful. I’ve got a good routine down and am able to organise my days off well, but sometimes I fall short of my own expectations and my days become cluttered.

    I find making lists and arranging my calendar is very usual though – in fact I’ve just written a blog post regarding how I plan my life to reduce anxiety.

    Kate | thelittlecrunch.co.uk

  16. adamjnew85 says:

    Great post, I was fairly new to working from home by choice, when this whole covid thing happened. With 2 kids at home all the time things aren’t as organised and as structured as I’d like. I’m just having to do what I can during all of this.

    When things go back to “normal” I really want to up my organisation game, and have a somewhat structured work routine.

    Adam – http://daddoesautism.com

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  18. Amber Page says:

    Routines are so important for me! They definitely help me get through the day and they keep me on track. I do not know what i would be doing this lock down if I didn’t have my routines! De cluttering is also a great help for me.

  19. This was a really great post, it can be difficult to switch off when working from home but it’s good to stay organised!

  20. I have almost given up on being organised, for it seems the harder I try, the less I achieve!
    But I love what you say about multitasking, as that might well be where I’m going wrong!

  21. Routine and notebooks are my saviour! I have a daily to do list on a whiteboard on the fridge I tick off. I would struggle otherwise. A fab post and some great tips!
    Sarah
    http://Www.simplysarahjayneloves.com

  22. It’s so Important to maintain a routine! I like to get up at the same time each day even on weekends to make sure that I’m making the most of each day

  23. Great post thank you for sharing.
    Like yourself I LOVE a list and that is a key factor of my organisation, if I don’t write down in order of importance what I need to do I find myself not concentrating on the task in hand and constantly going back and forth between other jobs that need doing. Definitely would be an absolute mess without my list!

  24. This was really helpful. Thanks 🙂

  25. Trello boards have been my lifesaver with working from home being able to organise what I want to work on that day rather than getting flustered because it’s harder to talk through projects with people. I’m lucky that I can separate work and living space but this has just made me think about how cluttered my “office” is. Job for the long weekend, for sure. Great tips!

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