Around 42% of the labor force is currently working from home due to the pandemic and its devastating effects. Adapting to this new reality isn’t easy for all people. Most individuals used to wake up and rush to their spaces of work to perform their duties but now, any part of their home can be their work station. The new setting works okay, but having a home office in-place can boost organization and productivity. This is a space in your house, reserved for official business or work purposes. So how do you choose and decorate this space? Here are a few tips to consider when designing your home office.
Spaces That Promote Productivity and Focus
A home office can be any place in the house. Just kidding, that’s a bit overstretched if you imagine yourself working straight from the kitchen. Unless you are a chef. Office spaces in the house need to be places where there’s limited distraction to help you stay productive as you work from home.
Some examples include:
- The living room: You can change the furniture arrangement to make room for a work station. Place the sofa against the longer wall to create more space at the center for accommodating the office.
- The closet: Yes, if it is big enough you can convert it into an office space at the house.
- The hallway: Utilize the unused space in the hallway to create a workstation. Fitting an L-shaped desk is easier in these kinds of spaces for work purposes.
- The bedroom: This should be a last resort because it’s tempting to be lazy in such an environment. However, you can decorate the bedroom with lively colors and tidy it up to make it conducive for working.
The Best Location in an Apartment to Work From
The best location to work from in an apartment varies depending on what your apartment looks like. However, there are certain bare minimums that a space must fulfill for someone to create a conducive working environment. Good lighting is a top priority since you’ll be spending a lot of time working from that spot. You also need to ensure that the spot has good internet connectivity and minimal distractions from other activities in the house. Some of the locations in an apartment that meet these requirements include the bedroom, the living room, and unused storage.
Less can be More
Working from home means you’ll be using your desktop or laptop a lot. There is minimal supervision so chances are that you may switch off easily. Having a pinboard or a to-do-list next to your desktop can be motivating at such times. These items remind you of the tasks at hand. Powerful desktop wallpapers will also have the same effect.
Prioritize Your Comfort
Have you ever thought of how to be productive? If so, then several solutions may have popped up. For instance, waking up early or getting enough rest, and so on. But the hardware that you work with plays a role in productivity too. Ergonomic hardware, such as chairs, desks, and wrist rests, go a long way in boosting the productivity of workers while decreasing discomfort such as fatigue. When you invest in sustainable comfort, you tend to stay focused with increased efficiency while working from your home office.
Design Your Home Office to Boost Productivity
The environment that we are in has a psychological effect on us. If we surround ourselves with positive energy (and limited distractions), we can improve time management and focus. Home office spaces need not be dull just because they are at our houses. With just a bit of strategic planning and preparation, your home office can give you the motivation you need to handle tasks from home.