Working from home can be a really freeing, fun and exciting opportunity. However, if space is not set up properly or designed correctly, this can lead to laziness, loss in productivity and disorganization. If you are designing a home office, there are a few things you should be aware of beforehand. Here are a few tips to follow.
Common Mistakes People Make
- Adding things like television sets to the space – you won’t be able to tune it out!
- Not creating enough storage in the space
- Not creating wire management properly
- Inefficient equipment or space
5 Of The Most Important Aspects Of A Home Office
All of your equipment, including your laptop, printer, fax machine or whatever else, should all be efficient and speedy. If you have an item that is not efficient, think about upgrading to something quicker and newer. Wireless hubs for example, are created to allow you to work anywhere you want in the space and still have good connectivity. If you plan on using the phone, its also a good idea to have your own line separate from the house. Not only is this more professional, but it will also allow ONLY you to get calls from clients, not anyone in the house.
Proper lighting is essential in any home office, if you have windows in your space great, open up your blinds and get some natural light in there. If not, then you will need to start thinking about artificial lighting options. Task lighting is going to be required – these help you do certain tasks in the office, such as task lighting for your desk so you can see when you are on the computer or at the desk writing things down. It’s better to have it lighter than darker. Darkness can actually bring down your emotions and can cause sleepiness, sadness, even depression, and laziness. Yellow tinted lights are one of the best options because they can give you positive psychological benefits AND unlike white lights, they are most like the sun!
Privacy From Noise Interruptions
If you work from home, chances are you don’t want any interruptions while you are working. Especially true if you need a good bit of concentration to get through your daily tasks. Writers for instance, need to be able to concentrate when writing! Because of this, there are a few noise isolation options available. You can wear noise canceling headphones. But, that might get uncomfortable quickly. You can try to insulate the space AND add portable screens to place them next to windows and doors to keep noise out. Another option is to add room dividers. These won’t block noise out as well as something like a portable noise reduction screen, but they do work pretty well.
A Place For Everything, And Everything In Its Place
This is actually a real quote and it was created to relieve stress. If your office has a space for every little item, it will keep you more organized AND keep you from getting stressed out. Make sure that you pick a comfortable chair for your office to sit in, make sure that the desk has ample room for everything you need to fit on it, make sure that things like pencils and pens have their own space. If you stay organized not only are you going to be less stressed BUT you will be more efficient at the day ahead and be more productive. If you have to search for a pencil and it takes you more than 2 minutes to find one, you definitely aren’t organized! Solutions as simple as cups, trays, and holders are cheap and yet they are designed to keep everything in its own place. Use these to your advantage.
Ergonomics and Comfort
If you plan to sit in your office for 8+ hours a day, you want to be comfortable. Wood flooring not only looks nice and it’s also comfortable, but carpet is more comfortable when sitting down all that time AND it can reduce noise. Get a comfortable ergonomic chair that will keep you from getting back and neck aches and keep your legs from hurting. You can also think about foot rests on the chair or under the desk which will keep your feet elevated and reduce stress and tension (plus it’s healthier), wrist bars for your keyboard and ergonomic mice for your PC or laptop!
The goal of designing a home office with the above-mentioned items is to create a productive, organized and comfortable space for you to work in. If you don’t like something in your office or you get backaches a lot or you have a hard time with productivity, chances are you need to change one of the above-mentioned factors in your office!