Efficiency within the ‘new’ Office

Hey guys, this is a short post about how to be more efficient with you ‘new’ office. Whether that be because you are now working from home. Maybe you are self employed and can’t get out to network so your conferences and events are now all online. Efficiency within the new office is key to keep you motivated, progress with your career and make your time feel valued.

How to Be More Efficient in the New Office

After months in lockdown, many of us are eager to get back into the office. While lots of us have enjoyed spending time at home, without the gruelling commute, others are keen to return to reality and are missing the social aspect of an office environment. But why not take the return to work as an opportunity to make some changes and improve your productivity?

Becoming more efficient in the office refers to your approach to your workload. Not forgetting how you use the resources and equipment available to you. The more efficiently the office operates as a whole, the better the business will perform. Resulting in your employer may be left with more money to invest into your training or perhaps a bonus incentive.

I am sure you are feel a little overwhelmed with all this now, I know I am. But stick in there, we are all in this together.

Getting back to ‘normal’

It’s going to be different when you get back into the office, you’ll probably be feeling quite overwhelmed and there’ll be lots to take in. Start your day by arranging your list of priorities into order of urgency and break down the more challenging tasks into smaller, more controllable chunks. Be sure to take regular rest breaks from your desk. This will therefore let you can give your body a little stretch and avoid problems like eye strain. Use these breaks to catch up with colleagues, rather than nattering away at your desk all day, otherwise you’ll never get anything done.

Business printers are usually used fairly inefficiently, so this is one of the areas you should look to improve on. For instance, if you are printing a large job, make sure to print a test copy first so that you can spot any mistakes. If you don’t do this, you might end up printing hundreds of copies, only to spot an error and have to print them all again. In fact, consider whether or not you even need to print, as it might be more efficient to simply email copies of documents around the company.

Try to find the right furniture for your office space. This is a crucial staple to being more efficient at your job and feeling more comfortable whilst working from home. It is also important to find furniture which is comfy and also allows you to fulfil your work in a relaxing manner.

Your Health

Have you got a date to when you will be working back in your office? I am sure like a lot people I am still in the dark about when we will be returning. I know for sure that I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again and also having that space away from ‘home’ will do me some good.

Mental health and your well being is still super important. Even if it feels like the world is slowly going back to normal. After 17 weeks at home it really doesn’t get easier (I know first hand). Therefore my emails are always open for anyone struggling at the moment. Don’t be afraid to reach out for some help and support. Efficiency comes in many forms, so do not panic if you are feeling less motivated compared to normal. Take yourself away for a little break and get started again, this won’t last forever.


Did you catch my recent post on easy to make cocktails at home?


  1. July 29, 2020 / 7:28 am

    I was already working from home but for my husband it was the first time ever. I was first curious how we are going to stand each other 24/7 but it’s been really nice to have him around. Before we hardly saw each other. Now I don’t want him to go back to the office. Ok maybe for 2-3 days a week 😊

  2. I used to love the hustle and bustle of working in an office, but now I’ve gotten so used to working from home that I actually don’t ever want to go back. I could go to the office once a week, but otherwise I can’t see any point in going back. I’ve built a brilliant routine for myself and home and I can listen to exactly the kind of music as I like, which all results in me getting a lot more work done at home than I would at the office. We have permission to work from home through Summer and I hope this will be extended to the rest of the year and beyond. 🙂

    Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog

    • July 30, 2020 / 1:03 pm

      You know, I’m a lot more efficient working from home than from the office. Why is that? Because at home there is no pinpong table or Alexa 😂😂 I feel sooo much more productive listening to my own music (or silence: I love silence) and not being suddenly hit by a pinpong table from time to time!!
      As you and many others, I have no idea when I will be back at the office (or if I will at all!) But as Teresa Maria says, I don’t see the point on going to the office full-time again. I just save so much time and money in commutimg and eating out! I can’t say I’m looking forward to go back at the office 😂😂

  3. July 30, 2020 / 12:30 pm

    Great post! Thank you for sharing! I should be going back at the start of September!

  4. Abundance of Flavor
    July 30, 2020 / 1:21 pm

    I have never worked from home before but always dreamed about working from home lol. So quarantine has allowed me a sort of trial run, and I really enjoy it. I always need to be productive doing things so it’s great for me to get to do things around the house when my work is slow. We don’t know when we’re heading back to the office but I’m hoping I get this opportunity for a little while longer!

  5. I just got a new job, and while I admit I’m eager to get to it, I’m terrified of going in person. Things in the US are still awful as far as the pandemic (uuuugh). And while I do WANT to go in person, it’s probably not a good idea. The good news is, the job is recording audiobooks, so if I can get my home studio up to snuff, I might still be able to work from home. Then I just have to get my home office set up efficiently lol. Great post!

  6. July 30, 2020 / 2:06 pm

    I don’t work in an office but I can imagine you missing the banter and socialising of working in an office! I work in a play centre and I’m missing my work mates and banter we had! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

  7. July 31, 2020 / 2:51 pm

    I need this, I write from home anyway and have had bouts of inefficiency that have impacted my motivation. Thanks for sharing!

  8. July 31, 2020 / 2:51 pm

    These sounds like great tips. I can’t wait to get back to work normally.

  9. August 18, 2020 / 10:00 am

    I don’t work in an office but I can imagine you’d miss it? Must be so strange to go from a busy office to the peace and quiet of your own home.


  10. Lauren
    August 21, 2020 / 9:36 am

    This is great for anyone heading back to work. I worked throughout the lockdown but these tips will help people who didn’t.

  11. September 1, 2020 / 8:44 am

    Some great tips, it’s hard to stay motivated sometimes!

  12. September 1, 2020 / 11:58 am

    I’ve found over time that my office space has gotten more comfortable and work conducive. It took a bit of time though

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