As someone who works from home occasionally, I’m very aware of how much my productivity depends on my office layout. A cramped and uninspiring space can be a real drain on our ability to work and think creatively, and one of the main advantages of working from home is that we can set up a space to suit our needs. With that in mind, here are seven tips to make any home office more productive.
A dark office is unlikely to inspire the best attitude when it comes to working. The best light source is, of course, the sun, so arrange your office to ensure you are getting some rays while you work. Lamps and fitted lighting should be bright, but not so much that you spend your whole day squinting.
We associate certain colors with certain emotions, so the color of your walls can have a big effect on how productive you are. Green is linked to creative thinking, while blue can have a calming effect — perfect for when those deadlines are looming.
Clutter is a distraction. Not only can it make it hard to find important documents, or even just a pen, it also steals focus from more pressing matters. Your office is like an extension of your mind. Empty it of all those old magazines, junk mail and pizza flyers, and you’ll find it much easier to get your work done.
While you don’t want your office to feel too homely, you should strive to give it the personal touch. Include items that make you feel calm and relaxed, such as family photos, a movie poster, cacti, whatever you’re into. It might take a while to find the right balance between comfort and discipline, so try different items if you find something becomes too distracting or doesn’t make the space feel any more welcoming.
Giving yourself options makes you feel more in control. A chair with wheels, multiple work surfaces and movable tech all help to give you the freedom to work how you want, where you want. It’s been shown that having control over your environment makes you more productive, so don’t confine yourself with static furniture.
A desk is the heart of a home office. It is where you will spend the majority of your office time, so you need to make sure you have the right one. You won’t be very productive if your desk is crammed full of stuff, so choose one big enough to fit your computer, monitor, printer, files, books, pens\, and any other items you need to work.
Nature has a calming effect on us, making it easier to get our work done. Being by a window gives us something to stare at when we need a break: very important for the sake of our eyes. It also helps you get that all-important sunlight, and being able to see the outside world can help you feel connected to it.
Follow these tips and you will be able to create a home office that is a haven of productivity. Rather than dreading having to do your work, you’ll find you can’t wait to get stuck in!
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