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Monster Productivity Hacks For People Stuck In Home Offices

Having a home office can be a lot of fun. You no longer have to deal with office politics or chat idly around the coffee machine with co-workers you only barely tolerate. 

But there’s a problem – home offices aren’t always ideal for productivity. Compared to working in a regular office, in can be harder to get stuff done. 

In this post, let’s look at some monster productivity hacks for people stuck at home.

Find Something That Makes You Happy

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Did you know that our brains work best when we are happy? Well, it’s true. So when working from home, find a setup that fills you with joy. 

Naturally, what this entails depends on you. Perhaps it’s always having your favorite mug of tea next to you while you work, or maybe it’s putting up photos of your pets. Whatever it is, make sure that you do it. Over the course of weeks and months, it can dramatically improve your work. 

Focus On Ergonomics

Don’t just sit on the couch or at the kitchen table. Over time, that’s going to ruin your posture, cause pain, and make you less productive. 

Instead, really drill down into ergonomics. Find out what works best for your body and then perfect it. Make sure that your mouse and keyboard are at the right height, relative to your chair. Move your chair up and down. And even experiment with standing desks if you feel that they might help. 

Changing your ergonomics could be the best thing you ever do. 

Achieve The Perfect Temperature

Productivity goes down when office temperatures go above 73.4 or fall below 64.4 degrees F. So you’ll want to find a way to keep yours within that range if at all possible.

Don’t delay getting AC repair if you need it. You’ll often make back your investment in the form of higher productivity and more comfort while at work. 

Put Plants Next To Your Screen

Sometimes you don’t have a choice of whether or not to stare at a screen all day. But you can improve the experience by adding potted plants to either side. Plants increase oxygen levels in your office while also having positive effects on your mood. It’s also fun typing at a computer that looks as though it is emerging from the jungle. 

Block Your Time

Generally, you can place your work times into two distinct categories: tasks and communication (phone calls, emails, virtual meetings, etc.). Completing tasks is what earns you money and makes you valuable to the company you work for. Your correspondences and meetings can add value, but they are also an enormous time sink. For this reason, the most productive home office workers always block their time. For instance, they might block their calendar from 8 am to 9 am to respond to emails, schedule a project team huddle at 1:30 pm and then perform tasks for the rest of the day. If they have several meetings to get through, they might block them one after the other at the end of the day so that they can use the morning to do tasks when they are at their most productive. Play around with what time blocking works best for you!

Do you work from home? What productivity hacks would you add?

How Does A Home Business Deal With Returns?

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Returns have made leaps and bounds in the current age of technology. Businesses are standardizing return forms and labels, and placing them in their products so when customers receive them, they can send the product back if they don’t like it. So how does a home business do this? Well, returns for a home business are not quite the same. Return labels have the addresses of depots or warehouses, not homes. You don’t want to give out your home address, but you do want to get back the product that is unwanted so you can sell it to another customer. This poses a number of questions that are not so simple. 

Returns policy

Before you think about the practical sense of the return, you need to consider what your returns policy actually is. You will need to include a number of things.

  • Conditions for returning a product need to be clearly laid out on your website. There must also be a link to your returns policy all throughout the website, i.e. cart, checkout and product page.
  • Make sure you have set a clear time period for when returns are allowed. Even if the product is completely fine, after 30 days, the customer should not be allowed to return a product. This is usually the legally permitted time period.
  • Make sure that the damage level whereby it will be rejected as a return is explained and clearly set on your website. If you sell a mug, a scratch where it can’t be seen easily might be okay, but a chip from the rim is not. 

Somewhere to go

So when you do receive a return what should you do with it? Well, it has to go somewhere safe, where it can be stored indefinitely and away from prying eyes. Usually, a home business might want to use a garage or perhaps a storage unit. This is perfectly fine but you may also want to use a professional warehouse. Privately run warehouses are becoming more and more common, which is great for the micro-business owner. Not to mention, you should be able to receive return mail from your customers. If you are a B2B provider, then use an online private mailbox. This is where you can store and receive your contracts, documents such as business cases and more. 

Repackaging returns

Obviously, if a customer has ripped open the package of a product, it has to be repackaged and ready to be sent off to a new customer. This is something that needs to be standardized regarding the process. 

  • Make sure the product is not damaged. Do a physical check for this. Make sure any damage is logged.
  • Make sure that the right packaging material is used to repackage the product
  • Store it in the right place, ready for it to be sent off without delay.

Returns for a home business are always tricky because you have to balance between receiving the product and revealing where you live. These techniques should help you to have a more reliable and predictable returns policy and method.