Maybe 2020 was the first time you had to work from home. By now, you might have seen the benefits, along with the challenges.
Your work environment has a significant impact on your productivity, creativity, and peace of mind.
The good news is that it doesn’t take too much effort to create better working conditions. You also don’t need to have a separate office. Whether you have a small or large home, these tips will help you design the ideal work-from-home space and make the best out of the current situation.
Once you have implemented these tips, you’ll notice their effect on you and your work, and enjoy!
The first important step to take is to identify a workspace. As much as you can, avoid working one day from the kitchen table and the other day from your bed or couch. By clearly identifying where you will be working, you create a more straightforward routine for your brain. In addition, this will help to get you in the right conditions for work as soon as you sit down at your office.
It will also help you save time in the morning since your workstation is already set up. Again, you do not need to have a separate room. It might be an empty nook under the staircase or a spot in the living room or bedroom.
If you have the opportunity to put your office close to a window, this is ideal. Being close to a natural light source will help you keep your energy high throughout the day and be more productive. You also want to mix in some artificial light in your office space. We recommend having a combination of direct and indirect light. For example, you can use window treatments to diffuse the ambient light from your windows and have a desk lamp for additional light.
Natural light coming through your windows can be a blessing and a curse. While energizing, too much light hitting your computer screen can be a hindrance. Solar shades are an excellent option for your office space to keep enjoying the natural light while eliminating sun glare.
Make sure to have dedicated storage in your office space that will be used only for what you need for work. Even a small shelf or drawer will do the trick to keep the room tidy and have everything in one spot.
Set up your home office in a way that is both convenient and comfortable. Remember that you will be sitting there for long hours during the day. Invest in a good chair, an additional monitor, an external keyboard, and an ergonomic mouse. The height of your desk also has a big influence on how you will feel at the end of the day. If you invest in a new desk, take a look at flexible standing workstations. These allow you to change your position throughout the day and have better posture.
The beauty of working from home is that you can make that space 100% personal. Include objects that make you feel good. Paint the walls in a color that you love. By creating this unique space that makes you happy, you will feel much more energized going to work in the morning.
Plants are a great way to detoxify the room's air and reduce stress while also participating in the decor and style of the room. If you don’t have a green thumb, start with plants that are easy to take care of, such as a parlor palm. Parlor palms are hearty and non-toxic for pets, so they make for an excellent, carefree addition to your space.