Simple Steps to Improve Your Home Office
A good work space equals good work. With that in mind, it’s important to make sure that your work area is setting you up for success!
Our productivity is highly influenced by the space we’re in, and although your out-of-home office may be set up for that, your at-home office may need some more rearrangement.
These simple steps will help guide you to be your best WFH (work from home) self!
Lighting Changes Everything
An upside to working at home is that you get to choose the location of your work space. Choose a room that has the most natural light. Natural lighting helps to keep your mind stimulated and will increase your productivity. It can also be super beneficial if you have video/conference calls with your colleagues, as it will lighten up your room with minimal effort.
It’s also important to have a secondary source of light if you happen to work during evening hours. Make sure your lighting has cool tones to keep you alert and your work space fresh.
Quick tip: If you happen to have a lamp that has adjustable temperature settings, you can utilize the warmer tones towards the end of your work shift to help you wind down for the day.
A little nature never hurt, right?!
Implementing some plants into your workspace is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it can also act as a catalyst to creative flow and productivity. The green in plants is often referred to as a symbol of growth and can nurture a more positive environment as you work throughout your day.
Plants have also been known to reduce stress, which can help as you adjust to your new home office.
If your workspace at home isn’t making you feel energized it may be time to reconsider repositioning the furniture.
The most important part is determining where to place your desk, as most of your work will happen here. It’s more useful to place your desk in front of a wall where you can be close to the window so the natural light comes in. Also make sure your desk is in a position where you’re able to see the door so there’s nothing going on behind you and you can work effectively. Give this a try and watch how differently your work days feel!
Get Rid of Distractions
Being in the comfort of your own home can easily lead to unnecessary distractions. In order to avoid this, declutter the area around your work space. This step is not only meant to make things look better but to also make you feel better. Clean space is a happy place!
As for the things that you do need in your work space, organize your items accordingly so that it’s easy for you to find them. This will create a smoother system so that there are less interruptions throughout your day.
While you’re setting up your new home office, don’t forget that this process should be fun too! Think about what decor and style you’re into and look online for some inspiration to give you more ideas.
Adding some personal touches to your office can increase your motivation and make it a more positive environment to be in!