Working from home has its pros and its cons. On the one hand you get to enjoy your own space, access to all your home comforts throughout the day, plus there’s no commute. However, on the other hand, you may have endless distractions or find it difficult to find the motivation to actually work.
One way to minimise distractions and encourage your own productivity is to create an office space that inspires you. Here are some of the best tips for making your home office work for you…
Comfort before style
If you’re going to be sitting at a desk for many hours of the day, you need to protect your back – which means investing in a comfortable office chair. You’ll also want to ensure the desk is at the right height for you to work and get adjustable stands for your monitors.
We did say comfort before style, not comfort without style, so by all means choose chair and desk designs that appeal to you. Basically opt for a chair you’ll love to sit in every day.
Keep it neutral
No one wants to work all day against a backdrop of headache inducing orange or red. Steer clear of intense colours and instead opt for something neutral with a few pops of accent colour. White with teal and gold accents, or cream with soft pink and bronze are both good looks.
Take it outside
If you plan to work from home long-term, then it’s time to think about seriously investing in your office space. A garden room makes the perfect space to create a home office. Away from the distractions of the home, it gives you the peace and quiet you crave to get your head down.
Let the light in
If possible, let as much natural light into your home office as you can. Consider moving your desk closer to any available window so you can benefit from the natural light outside. If sitting by a window isn’t an option, you could invest in a daylight lamp to help you stay energised and alert during daylight hours.
Keep it tidy
There are plenty of storage solutions available for every shape and size of home office, so there really is no excuse for mess! Clutter can distract you from tasks at hand, so get into the habit of filing away any documents or files you aren’t currently using.
Plants don’t just make your home office more inviting, they add more oxygen to the atmosphere which helps keep you alert. Choose low maintenance houseplants like a peace lily, so it won’t matter if you forget to water them.
Make it your space
In an ideal world, your home office should be separate to the rest of your living space. However, if you don’t have a room to call your own, you may want to cordon off an area of the living room or kitchen. The trick is to lay down the rules for the rest of the family – when you’re sitting at the desk, no disruptions. Unless the house is burning down, of course. You may want to invest in a privacy screen to send the message out loud and clear!
Working from home can be a thoroughly enjoyable experience, perhaps even more so when you are working on building your own business. Creating a suitable home office space is your first step toward success.