Saturday, 5 December 2015


9 ways to create a productive home office
Made, 6 November 2015.

No commute, better-home life balance, and you get to make important business calls in your pyjamas. Working at home has some serious perks. But it can also be really hard to stay focused when the TV is just so close.

So you need to make your home office work harder. Inspire creativity and a constructive work flow, and quit those distractions. We’ve looked into the science and psychology behind productivity, so you can hustle from home.

Use colour, music, lighting and furniture to your advantage, whether you’ve got a whole study to yourself or just a spot at the end of your dining table.

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Infographic Sources:
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