How to Set Up a Tidy Home Office for Success

By Mandy L. Manley, Professional Organizer and Owner of Skeleton Key Organizing

One of the best things about being an entrepreneur is that you have ultimate control over your workspace. Where and how you choose to work are up to you to decide. Want to spend some time making calls while you walk your dog? No problem! Need a change of scenery? Head to a library or park to help you focus. However, there are fewer spaces that are better set up for ultimate productivity than a tidy home office.

By following these simple steps, your home office can become a powerhouse hub for your business and the place where you do your best work.

Choose a Space
When picking the best location, follow the advice to “know thyself.” Some people work best with soft music playing, and others need silence to get things done. Be aware of what steals your focus and what brings you the best energy. Pick a spot in your home that is free of distractions, and has ample natural lighting. If you plan to do most of your work from home, let your family know that you’re “on the clock” when you’re in your office (but schedule family time as well).

Add Supplies Based on Tasks
Think about the tasks you will be accomplishing in your office. What supplies will you need? If you’ll be making phone calls, consider adding a phone stand and wireless earbuds so you can move around freely or type while on a call. Will you use a digital or analog calendar? How will you organize your files? Make sure you add a basic set of office supplies, including your business cards (pack an extra set into your daily carry bag so you have them handy wherever you go), pens and pencils, letter opener, stapler and sticky notes (which you’ll need in step four).

Aim for Efficiency
To make your workspace a truly efficient place, place the items you use most often within arm’s reach. Keep the things you use only occasionally further away. By reducing the number of items close to where you sit, your desktop will be easier to keep tidy and uncluttered.

Post Your Goals
Now it’s time for those sticky notes from step two! As you set goals for your year, quarter, month and week, write each one down on a sticky note. You might write the whole goal or just a word or phrase that reminds you of what you’re trying to achieve. Place these notes in a visible spot so you see them each day. Change them up or move them around at the start of each month so you don’t stop noticing them. For example, I like to keep the word “SHARE” on my desk to remind me to talk to new people every chance I get.

Tidy Up Each Day
Take five minutes at the end of each day to tidy up your desk and workspace. Put away any items that you used, and return them to their proper zone (from step three). It won’t take long to get your office tidy, and you’ll feel better tomorrow when you start the day with an orderly workspace. You can even schedule a time for a more thorough cleaning each week or month; just add them as a reminder to your calendar. Remember: it’s easier to maintain order than to create it from scratch!

By taking the time to think through the setup of your home office, you can create a space that fosters productivity and success.

Because of Reliv: I Found Balance

Mair Hill / Wilmette, IL

Destined to Succeed

Perhaps it was fate that Mair Hill met Susan Santner in a half-marathon in June 2002. The two chatted and became friends, and when they met for lunch the next February, Susan pitched Reliv to her. By the end of the meal, Mair was convinced to try the products. A week later, she started her own Reliv business.

Balancing ActHill

Mair had been building a company for 17 years and was working 60-80 hours a week. She realized her schedule and priorities needed to change when she came home one day and her sons said “Hi, Dad!” without looking up. She closed her company and chose her Reliv business.

Finding the Balance

Reliv fit right in with her passion: helping people. “The ability to help people with their health has been amazing,” she says. Before Reliv, her son needed five surgeries to fight his chronic ear infections. Since Reliv, he has had only two ear infections in 10 years. Now that her boys are older, she has more time to work as a Reliv Ambassador too. “I’m so grateful for Reliv,” she says. “I’d recommend it in a minute. It can be everything you want it to be.”

Because of Reliv: I Can Focus on My Photography

Stephanie Mazankowski / Giltner, NE

Mazankowski

Self-Directed
Stephanie was an occupational therapist for four years and learned quickly she didn’t like working for other people. Coming from a family of farmers, she always wanted to be self-employed.

Helping More People
Four months after joining Reliv, Stephanie met another Distributor who was a physical therapist. She told Stephanie she had helped more people with Reliv than as a PT. Stephanie decided she wanted that for herself. A year and a half after trying the products, Stephanie was able to leave her full-time job. That was eight years ago.

Freedom, Fun & Fulfillment
“My life as a full-time Reliv Distributor is a lot less stressful,” Stephanie says. “I have the amazing freedom to pursue interests that I really enjoy, like photography. I live in a small town and have gained a reputation as the unofficial town photographer. I don’t have to ask off work to go photograph town events and I don’t have to worry about an income from photography. I’m going on a mission trip to Zambia, Africa, for two weeks and I don’t have to request vacation time!”

Treated Like a Disney Princess

More than just a rewarding career, Reliv is about living life on your own terms. Part of that is earning rewarding vacations such as the 2012 Disney Cruise earned by more than 40 Distributors. Read on for an excerpt of a letter sent to Senior Vice President of North American Sales Steve Hastings from Ambassador Lori Doerneman from Goddard, KS upon her return from the cruise… Continue reading “Treated Like a Disney Princess”

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The week I quit my job to start my own business, the market crashed. The Dow Jones was down by 700+ points. I was in panic mode, thinking that there would be no opportunities for the self-employed. Turns out, I was wrong.
 Ally Lapore, founder of OurMilkMoney.com — a directory of self-employed parents — mentions in her blog about the recession that “smaller businesses, for the first time in decades, have a fighting chance. And in case you haven’t noticed, small business is exploding. They have something big businesses don’t have: a personal touch.” Continue reading “Entrepreneurs in the new Economy”

Meet Our Ambassadors: Robert and Jean Benna

Benna, Robert and JeanRelief With Reliv

Bronze Ambassadors Robert and Jean Benna are no stranger to nutritional supplements. Before discovering Reliv, they played the role of “kitchen chemists,” mixing and matching various supplements to try and maximize their health. Continue reading “Meet Our Ambassadors: Robert and Jean Benna”