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If you work from home, spring is the perfect time to take a fresh look at your home office and make sure that your work space is really working for you. Here are some tips to help you get started with your office spring clean.
Make sure you’re getting enough light
When you start planning a home office spring clean, don’t forget to consider how well your office is lit. Studies show that our cortisol levels fall dramatically if we don’t get enough daylight, or if our lighting is too dim, which can leave us feeling sleepy and stressed, instead of energetic and ready to go. If your office isn’t getting enough light, check out these tips for improving the natural and artificial lighting in your office.
Check your desk setup
When you’re taking a fresh look at your home office, it’s a great time to double-check your office ergonomics, and make any adjustments to prevent repetitive strain injuries and even musculoskeletal disorders. Check out these tips from the NHS about how to set up your chair and desk, and how to sit correctly. You might even want to think about trying a standing desk, which is reported to improve circulation and even boost productivity. This standing desk gallery shows that they can be adapted to all kinds of work spaces.
Declutter to improve your focus
It wouldn’t be a spring clean without a really good tidy, and for good reason! Studies have found that clutter competes with our attention and prevents us from focusing at work, so get your workspace organised, throw out or file away anything you don’t need, and relocate anything from your home life that may have crept into your work area (it happens!). To get started, check out these 10 decluttering tricks from Lifehacker. Our Pinterest board of office organisation tips can help you make a great start too.
Bring in office plants to improve concentration and focus
Plants don’t just help your office look great, they could even help you focus - studies have shown that having plants in the office can help to increase our attention span at work. If you fancy bringing some green into your home office this spring, check out this Pinterest board for some inspiration, or this gallery of air-purifying plants to get even more benefits.
If you’re looking to make even bigger changes to your home office, check out our Pinterest board of inspiring office designs. Happy spring cleaning!
When you run your own business, it’s likely that you developed a business plan and set some key goals to aim for on your road to success. But how are you actually reviewing your business’s progress towards these goals? The upcoming tax year is a great time to look back and see how you’ve done - here are some tips for conducting a retrospective, and for planning your new tax year.
When it’s time to turn all of that reflection into an action plan, don’t forget to set SMART goals for the new tax year- happy reviewing!
The new tax year is approaching, which means that it’s the perfect time to start looking at how you can improve your business processes to increase your efficiency in the year ahead. But when is the best time to make a change, and what kind of changes should you consider making?
What’s the best time of year that you’ve made changes to your business? Hit us up on Twitter or leave a comment to let us know.
Have a great weekend!
Following on from our recent revamp of the time tracking area of FreeAgent, we’ve released a bunch of improvements based on your feedback.
We've had a good response to the new and updated time tracking tracking feature, which was released last month. We've also had lots of constructive feedback on how it could be improved, so we've been working hard on adding new features and resolving points of frustration.
Inline adding of timeslips
The one thing people missed most from the older time tracking interface was the ability to quickly add timeslips by day in the Week view. This is especially useful if you're retrospectively filling in your time for the week.
The good news is you can now do this by clicking on the inline Add Timeslip link next to the date header.
We've updated the running timer indicator in the header, so it now displays details of all running timers, with the ability to stop them directly from there.
In addition to these changes, we've also made a bunch of smaller improvements to improve tracking your time experience:
- You can now tab correctly in the time tracking widget, allowing you to use the keyboard to create timeslips
- The Project/task drop downs now correctly remembers the last one selected
- The last timeline/week/day view will now be remembered across different login sessions
- The display of data in the timeslips table has been tidied up and we've made a number of performance improvements
In another small win for user experience, we've added Edit and Delete buttons to the Estimates and Recurring Invoices tables. Like, totally expeditious dude.Until next time,
Roan and the team at FreeAgent
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