Working from home is a whole different ball game to working in the office. There are of course advantages and disadvantages to working from home. But let’s focus on the good things!
The main one being that this is your office, your space and you get to to decide how you want it to be, look and feels. A home office by you, for you, which works for you! Here are 10 tips to create a productive home office that you will love!
1. Location, Location!
Deciding where you going to be setting up in the most important thing. Whether you’re lucky enough to have a whole room or just a small area to work from then that’s enough. Think also about who else might around when you’re working.
Do you need total concentration? Then a private space away is probably the best solution. Or are you ok to pop away every now and then if you have children for example? In which case a designated corner in a main space might be the best idea. You can make your working area your own and something that works for you regardless of size.
2. Clean Out
Now you have decided the best place that works for you, is it ready to work from? Have a clean out, get rid of anything that isn’t office material. (If you have a corner in another room some boundaries will have to be established. Mark it our if necessary!)
No matter how small your office space it will help to separate and define your work area.
3. Office Furniture
Depending on your space you’re going to be mapping out your office plan. What have you the space for? Can you utilise the wall space with shelving? Have you the space for under the desk drawers or a filing cabinet? A single drawer system or double? Make sure you measure out your space carefully. If it’s a smaller space you might consider some custom options to get the most out of the space available.
If you already have all you need i.e desk computer, printer, maybe a drafting table then you’ll have to work round your essentials. Now is the time to review if certain things are worth keeping or if it’s time to update. Decide on their spot and make sure it can hold its weight.
If you are working the other way around, do your online shopping, look at reviews then do a short list depending on your needs. Then map out the measurements and size and decide where its going to go. Depending on your priorities you might have to make a couple of alterations to your working space.
5. Chair Comfort
The price of a good, comfortable office chair can range dramatically. If you can get a good office chair that suits your space and feels good for you then do so. But it doesn’t haven’t to be pricey. It might a comfy extra dining room chair you use. Or you might want to buy a nice swivel chair. As long as it has good back support, and cushioning.
Make sure it fits as well! If you have chosen a chair with armrests can it fit under the desk? Or are the armrests adjustable? Also bear in mind that getting a good design is going to make your space look stylish or over crowded.
6. Working Flow
Ok, you know you best. You know your job and how you like to work. That being said there should be some kind of order, to make it easier for yourself. What items are you constantly using on an everyday a basis? Pens, highlighters, paper? It should be within an arms reach. It might be out in the open on the desk, or a shelf. Or maybe you prefer it hidden away in the top drawer. Decide on what your essentials are and keep them close by.
The art of Feng Shui can help you even further in creating a successful home office. Find out the basic principles for office Feng Shui here.
Storage is an important part in keeping any area in order. You could label your drawers to keep everything in its place. Having drawer organisers is another helpful idea to keep your small accessories in order. Other wise your desk drawers could turn into mini tip!
If you have the space above you might consider a mixture of hidden and open storage.
Having some inspiration and something to keep you focused is a good idea in your office. This might be a goal planner, where you can track your monthly progress. A vision board or just a little framed quote on your desk.
Colour will have a great impact on your working area. Using a neutral colour may be a good option, especially if you know that the walls will be covered with information. Neutral is calm and less distracting. Of course other colours will work too, you might consider a colour blocking effect to provide some interest and to define the space.
Think about what kind of lighting you need. Do you have enough natural light coming through in the daytime? Do you tend to work later into the evenings? If so another source of light is going to be needed. A desk light or a floor lamp might work well for you needs. Having a lamp that has different lighting variants is great option.
Creating the right working space for you can increase and improve productivity and focus. As well as enjoying the space that you work it helps with benefits in other areas of your life.
Do you work from home? If so what are your favourite things about working from home? Leave your comments below!
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