Author: Rilind Elezaj
There has been a major shift in the workplace, with people moving to work remotely from their homes. However, people are slowly realizing that working from home comes with a number of benefits. In fact, some are even demanding it while deeming organizations that allow flexible schedules as ideal employers.
Nevertheless, amidst all the perks, most people are still figuring out how to work efficiently and enjoyably from home. You have probably heard of tips such as staying connected with your team, maintaining a regular schedule, getting out of your pajamas, exercising regularly, taking breaks and getting enough sleep, and a whole lot more. However, there is a very important aspect that can make or break your experience working from home – your home office.
Here are some ideas that you can incorporate into your workspace to make your working from home a better experience.
1. Have a dedicated space for work
A thin line lies between work and personal tasks when working from home. You need to make deliberate efforts to separate the two. One great way to do that is to have a dedicated space for your work.
Most of us live in urban areas where space is limited. A corner in your bedroom, kitchen, or living room could be all you have to do with, and that is fine. As long as you make sure that this space is free from distractions is an area that is rarely frequented by family members and roommates, then you should be fine.
If, on the other hand, you can afford a separate room with a door, that would be more ideal. This means that you can lock out any distractions to concentrate on your work. If you have a rarely used room in your home such as an attic or extra bedroom, consider home remodeling to turn it into a functional home office.
2. Light up the space
Have you ever tried working in a poorly lit room? You must have felt unmotivated and tired at the end of the day. That is because our bodies react negatively in a poorly lit environment. It tends to affect our mood, morale, and motivation while draining our energy levels.
Your home office needs to have plenty of natural light. Make sure that the room you choose has windows large enough to let in a good amount of sunlight. If you’re going to be working from home for a good period of time (over one year), it’s always possible to dabble in some home remodeling, adding a new window or enlarging an existing one. If this too proves impossible, you can never go wrong with adding ample artificial lights.
3. Set it up ergonomically
If you envision working from home as a sofa or bed-oriented experience, then you are setting yourself up for failure in the long run. It won’t be long until you start dreading work out of fatigue and body pains.
Save yourself the trouble by investing in an ergonomic chair and a proper desk. Ensure that you have set up your workspace ergonomically with a chair that supports your back, and lets your feet rest on the floor or on a footrest.
4. Add some storage
Spending hours looking for things can be frustrating and downright energy draining. Such a situation is enough to have you abandoning your work and calling it a day way before log off time. However, you don’t have to experience this if you organize your office supplies better.
Getting a table with plenty of drawers is a good place to start especially where you are limited to space. You can also have some shelving or cabinets installed to increase storage spaces.
5. Include plants
Besides adding aesthetic beauty to your home office, plants help in clearing and calming the mind. In addition, nature has a way of increasing alertness and sparking creativity. Adding a few plants to your home office can have you powering through difficult tasks without breaking a sweat.
Having a dedicated workspace not only has a lot to do with your performance when working from home, but also with the experience that you get from working there. If you want to enjoy your work working from your home office, it is about time you start paying attention to the space.