Times are changing, and so are our notions of career. Nowadays, people are becoming more and more aware that putting on your suit and tie, and working a nine-to-five job in a corporate environment is not the only way to make a living. This realization has given rise to whole new tribes: freelancers, remote employees, even digital nomads. People are finding out that they can actually work from the comfort of their home, and it’s not just a pipe dream. However, working from home is still working, and there is a need to create an environment that will make them feel comfortable and productive. If you are one of them, here are a few useful tips on how to design your home office.
Lay the foundation for good organization
Over time you will probably develop your own system of organizing your space. However, a good foundation makes the job easier. Equip the office with enough closed storage space. Depending on what kind of work you do, your needs might vary. Design your office in such a way that it’s easy to clean and declutter. Clutter can have a negative effect both on your productivity and how others see you. It’s better to cut it at the root.
It is common knowledge that natural light in the workplace boosts productivity. If at all possible, choose a space that has plenty of natural light. Of course, sometimes you might be working well into the dark, and the artificial lighting you choose is just as important. Nowadays, there are lights that replicate natural lighting, and they are the best choice in terms of both your performance and your overall wellbeing. In any case, strive to create a bright, well-lit space. To lower your risk of depression, avoid cold, white lights. A more natural, yellowish hue is far more preferable. Sometimes you will probably need a task light as well, but don’t place it either in front or behind your computer screen, to avoid glare and eye strain respectively.
Strive for comfort
When choosing the furniture for your new office, never forget that this is a place where you need to spend several hours each day. Style is important, but comfort takes precedence. Everything should be practical, and aimed to make your life easier. The absolute priority? A comfortable chair and a quality office desk. Even if you’re on a budget, aim to save money on other features. The chair and desk are the one thing you should splurge on. Explore your options and try them out when buying to see what works for you. Your body will thank you later.
Give yourself a timeout
You know the saying about all work and no play. Realistically, you can’t work all the time. However, be careful with distractions. It’s easy to carried away and waste precious time when you should be working. If you place a TV, a pinball machine, or a game console in a corner, thinking you’ll only use it on breaks, you’re playing a dangerous game. So how do you get the necessary time-out? The best thing to do is place your desk in front of a window, so that you have a view. Looking outside has a calming, almost meditative quality, and it will give you the opportunity to take smaller, natural breaks, without taking away from your concentration.
Work is a huge part of our lives. Your home office will probably be a place where you will be spending a significant part of your day. It’s crucial to strike a balance between comfort and productivity. If your office is a place where you enjoy spending your time, your work can only benefit in the process.