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Green Business Certification – Function Smarter, Not Harder

By Charmaine Mae Lewis

Working the cube farm has been a disaster for worker productivity for years and also you are finally fed up. Your company has offered you an opportunity to work from house. So finally, the home office is born. The choice of the location of your home office is crucial to your success.

Too close to the activities going on and you get distracted. Too far away, and also you become stranded on an island. Another concern is the “7-Eleven” effect, in other words, you’re usually open for company and in a very short time you find yourself exhausted. But there are ways to manage these issues so that you can make your house office experience a success.

Now the house office is more of a focus in the design process, make this space worth living. Make it comfortable, but not too comfy. Make it warm and inviting, but not a play room for the kids. Make it a location to work, but also a place to live. Confused? Do not be because this is your space to with as you wish. Just keep in mind your particular situation and plan accordingly.

Maybe converting your attic for use as a home office is a wonderful idea. Perhaps working within the corner of a bedroom works. Whatever your space allocation is having a true house office is a great way to keep your overhead low since you are already paying for the space and also the actual hidden value of a home office is that it doesn’t have to look like a corporate workplace with a large oak desk and wall-to-wall filing cabinets. And even though your children will disagree, your house office isn’t somewhere they should be playing. Finding space for a home office is a major concern these days.

Once you have found your room, you should hopefully find that working from a home workplace is interesting, varied and provides an chance to deliver results that will make a real difference to your life. It won’t be difficult to work if you have a well-organized, fully equipped home office and you have organized well and are comfortable.

But the key to a well run home office and a satisfied worker is this: create a work schedule just like you would should you went into the workplace every day. Do not wake up tomorrow and ask yourself what you are going to do that day, have a plan. Also set working hours, you go into the office from 8-5 or 9-6 and that’s it, you leave for that day, turn off the light behind you and shut the door just as if your commute were miles away from home instead of inches from the couch.

One more suggestion is turn the audible notification off for new email on your computer. Each and every ding, or dong, or beep and you will be running for that personal computer like Pavlov’s dogs. Remember: Work Smarter, not harder!

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Lewis, Charmaine M. "Green Business Certification – Function Smarter, Not Harder." Green Business Certification – Function Smarter, Not Harder. 26 Jun. 2010. 21 Aug 2014 <>.

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Lewis, C (2010, June 26). Green Business Certification – Function Smarter, Not Harder. Retrieved August 21, 2014, from

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Lewis, Charmaine M. "Green Business Certification – Function Smarter, Not Harder"

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