Making A More Efficient Home Office

If you're new to the work-at-home world, there's a lot of work needed to reduce distractions and keep your workflow as close to optimal as possible. Whether it's a permanent home office for your main operations or just something for work from home days away from the regular job, you'll need to make sure minimal changes or adjustments are done as soon as you step into working mode. Here's a few things to consider when setting up or rearranging your home office for the better.

Cable Management And Available Ports

The center of many home office setups is the computer, and being the center, it's best if you can access everything else while at the computer. There are ways to get everything connected and talking to each other, but you'll need to manage your cables efficiently.

Wireless is certainly a big part of modern computing, but it doesn't solve everything. Power cables are still needed (yes, even for wireless power. The power dock needs to be connected to something), and can pose both a safety and productivity risk if not managed properly.

Power cables need to be added to fully operational, non-damaged, not overloaded outlets to be safe. This means that you'll likely have a lot of power cables going to a few wall outlets, usually connected to a surge protector or similar power strip.

You don't want these cables located near your feet as you work to avoid accidentally unplugging anything or switching the power strip off with your foot, and you don't want any cables creating trip hazards. A power cord extension can be useful here, as you can put the surge protector on an extension cable to get more mobility when placing your cable nexus somewhere safe.

With additional range, you can do more to manage your cables. Make sure they're either bound together neatly with separate cable ties to prevent tangles, or added to rigid snap-on cable holders.

Hiding Power Cord Extensions

Not all households and small offices are thrilled about having extension cords reaching across the floor, but you don't have to worry about the image with the right cable covers.

Cable covers can be placed over your cables to either mimic the appearance of your floor or to keep the cables as close to the walls as possible while shielding the cable from view. Both techniques can be used, but you'll need to make sure that any floor-hidden cables have extra safety.

Some people simply don't (or can't) pick up their feet while walking, meaning that even a protected cable in the form of a bump can trip someone. Carpet, wood floor, tile and other surfaces can be added to bump-leveling miniature ramps that keep up the visual patterns of your flooring while making smaller obstacle for anyone walking by.

Contact a power cord extension and power accessory professional to discuss different cables, adapters and accessories you may need in your home office.