Thanks to the recent turn of events, more and more organisations are shifting towards working remotely. So far, a significant percentage of people who work from home have reported increased productivity. It’s fairly obvious that working from home has its benefits. From being able to lounge in your PJs all day, to munching a snack while working, this new work MO definitely creates a relaxing atmosphere.
However, it can be far too easy to get sucked into the relaxation lifestyle and of course, end up doing nothing at all. Thus, in this article, we’d walk you through a few tips for creating the perfect home office that’d help you stay productive and relaxed at the same time.
If you’re looking for a productive workspace, the last thing you need is clutter – unless cluttered spaces are your thing. Ensure that your workspace is as spacious as possible. You can do this by focusing more on wall furniture – bookshelves, planters full of writing tools and so on. You could also utilize the space under your desk by storing a few work equipment there. However, try to ensure that you still have sufficient leg room under your desk.
Another way to ensure that your workspace remains as spacious as possible is by making your bookshelves or cabinets double as stands for your work equipment (printers, scanners etc) . This way, you don’t have to get extra furniture that’d only take up more space.
Create an organisational system that ensures that your table is free of clutter at all times. This will help you to work freely and productively. Finally, don’t invest in too much furniture. Trust us, you only need the basics. Simply focus on what you need and ensure that you have more than enough storage space for it. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a cramped room with furniture closing in on you.
Make Your Work Space Fun and Interesting
If you’re going to be spending most of the day in your home office, you definitely want to make every bit of it fun and exciting. A great way to ensuring that every workday is interesting and not draining is by making your workspace come alive. Most people prefer it when their workspaces reflect their personalities and we think this is a great idea.
A great way to make your workspace seem really fun is by thinking about the things you love and infusing these elements into your space. Do you love music? You could frame some pretty album covers or pictures of your favourite artistes and hang them up on the wall. If you enjoy travelling, a picture or a souvenir from your favourite place would be a great idea
When it comes to designing your workspace, there are limitless possibilities. From pictures and posters to actual objects that’d light up the place. You could also invest in creative furniture pieces. Just don’t overdo the aesthetics or you’d end up cluttering your workspace.
Fun fact: When it comes to making your home office come alive, you have the freedom to do absolutely anything without judgement or criticism because it’s your private space. Traditional work settings don’t give you that much liberty.
Handle the Cables
Cables and cords have a way of sticking out like a sore thumb. There’s also a huge chance that you’d trip on them and end up flat on your face. You definitely don’t want your productivity or peace of mind tampered with by a cord that could have been arranged properly.
The first step to handling your cables and cords like a pro is by identifying them. This way you can always connect and disconnect them easily without having to spend hours on a connection that should take seconds. You can make the identification process easier by marking each cable with a label, ribbon or just about anything that can distinguish each cable from the other.
Another step to managing your cables like a maestro is by avoiding tangles. Now, this may seem almost impossible since cables seem to have a mind of their own. However, you can avoid tangles by routing your cables in such a way that there’s a clear path from the starting point to the ending point. This way, you don’t get confused or end up tripping on a stray cord.
Finally, always get cables that are the right length. You don’t want a cable that’s too short or too long. However, it is way better to have a too-long cable than a too-short one.
Get Rid of all Distractions
Working from home can be really fun but it comes with a lot of distractions. From your favourite show airing on the TV, to your kids yelling for you every minute. It can be quite difficult to be productive when you’re constantly being faced with distractions. Thus, if you want to make the most out of your workday, you’d need to get rid of all distractions.
If TV shows are your major distractions, you could restrict access to these shows. Do not install an avenue for watching them on your work computer or phone. This way, you won’t give in to the urge to take a movie break in the middle of work.
On the other hand, if notifications mess with your concentration and productivity, you can always enable Do Not Disturb Mode on your iOS or Android devices. This will help to ensure that you don’t get distracted by irrelevant notifications.
Finally, if your kids are your major distractions, ensure that you have a separate room for your workspace. Keep the door closed during work hours and hang a sign that lets them know not to disturb you unless it’s an emergency.
Let Light in and Go Green
Ensuring that you have sufficient natural light is a great way of saving energy and making your workspace look brighter. According to studies, people who work with natural light are more productive, sleep better and have fewer eye problems. You also get to cut costs on your electricity bill!
You could also improve the general atmosphere of your workspace by getting a green plant. This way, you get to enjoy an outdoor aura and feel connected to nature all at the same time.
When designing your home office, it is important to invest in a high-quality, comfortable chair. You’d be spending most of your waking hours in a chair so it’s only wise to ensure that you’re comfortable all through the day.