Keeping clutter under control in any office is a challenge, but even more so when your office is at home.
“Simplify” is the advice of Blaine Lippert, who writes romance novels as a hobby from his East Moline condominium.
His home office is a 30-inch-wide desk and hutch combination sandwiched between two tall windows. A short filing cabinet doubles as a side table for his recliner.
Lippert, who is retired from Deere and Co., has a daily routine of going through his paperwork, deciding what gets recycled, what gets shredded and what gets filed. It’s essential to keep the paper under control as his glass-topped dining table also serves as an overflow work area.
“I try to keep it organized,” he said.
Keeping paperwork under control keeps the stress level down, too, said Lippert, a widower, whose wife, Sue, passed away in 2014.
“I’m retired; I want to enjoy life,” he said. “I don’t have a deadline.”
Reader’s Digest offers the following rules to get more done when working from home.
• Create a work-zone/office.
• Work regular hours.
• Check in with work – frequently.
• Take a lunch break.
• Don’t clean.
• Keep errands to a minimum.
• Keep a routine.
• Aim to leave the house at least once per day.
• Don’t volunteer too much.
• Stay professional.
For more details, go to rd.com/advice/work-career/work-from-home.
— Jan Touney