How to make a Home Office
Many people love the idea of working from home. We can often tend to fall into the trap of thinking it’s all about sitting around in your pajamas or checking emails while enjoying your morning cup of coffee in the comfort of your bed sheets,
while everyone else is putting up with a typical commute to the office during rush hour. But reality works out a little different to that – if you want to make working from home a lasting success, at least.
1. First priority is a space that creates productivity
Anyone who works freelance in a creative capacity or is attempting to start their own business will know the first and most significant challenge to your success is procrastination.
Now, we all procrastinate sometimes (like many things it can even be healthy in moderation), but there are simple methods to combat it and help aid focus when working from home.
The first step in that process is recognizing the importance of crafting space for yourself that you can feel content and comfortable in – a ‘home office’ space of sorts.
I say ‘of sorts’ because this space may be different depending on your personality. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ for contemporary offices, and it shouldn’t be that way for your specified home office either.
Atmosphere, comfort, lighting – these are aspects of your home office you need to consider. Having a specific space in which to work communicates to your mind and body that this is the time for critical working tasks rather than play or relaxation.
Checking emails in bed may be okay for temporary or emergency tasks, but long-term it simply isn’t feasible to expect yourself to work efficiently in an environment you otherwise associate with ‘home’.
Part of the point of having a home office is that it creates the subjective feeling of having a dedicated work space without the aggravating daily commute that usually comes with it.
2. A tidy & organised environment leads to an organised mind
It’s easily underestimated how vital a neat office space is for concentration. Firstly, it’s time to consider some rubbish removal and get rid of anything you no longer need.
Put some thought into storage for loose notes and documents in your home office. Leaving them lying around will lead to a general feeling of disorganization, not to mention frustrating when you need to spend extra time trying to find something that hasn’t been filed properly.
If you need more room, get the non-essential into storage with sites like Spacer.
3. Only the core essentials
While no two home offices will look the same, there are common aspects to each that are a necessity for success. The first and most obvious things you’ll need to create space for is your computer and desk, along with a comfortable chair.
The importance of the latter can’t be underestimated – if you’re not comfortable in your office chair, you’re naturally not going to be at your most productive, as you won’t enjoy sitting in it and by extension won’t enjoy the work you’re doing.
When it comes to your desk and computer, it’s just as vital to consider their position about your eyes. Unless you want long-term strain on your back and neck, your computer should ideally be at eye level, or just below it. Having an adjustable chair will also help with this.
4. Lighting effects are an essential aid to you and your work
Consider your immediate surroundings in the room. Does it have windows? Are they in the right position about where your desk and computer will be sitting?
By which I mean; you won’t want issues with light reflecting on your screen on a brighter day, but at the same time you don’t want to shut that light out completely.
Sunshine has both physical and mental health benefits for us, even if we’re just getting it through a window to the outside world. It’s best to be situated near a window that lets in light to shine on your face but isn’t directly behind you or within your eye line; in either case, it’ll become an unwelcome distraction rather than a pleasant aid to your work.
If you need to work in the evenings, a good lamp is vital for providing the right lighting effects for your office space. Adjustable lighting is ideal, as is having it in the right position on your desk. It’s best not to skimp on a good lighting plan when planning your different home office.
Finally, remember to personalise!
Don’t be reluctant to give your home office a unique personal twist once you have the basics right. From this point, of course, it’s over to you. Make a happy, healthy work environment your main priority, and you’ll find your productivity responds accordingly!