Working from home has some definite perks – no sitting in traffic, wearing pajamas until 2 PM, and the ability to breaks (or naps) as you see fit without facing the judgment of your co-workers. But as those who work from home know, jumping into “work mode” while home can be difficult. You have your TV, your pets, and even your bed calling for your attention as you try to finish your daily tasks. That is why it is vital to build a home office that can double as a part of your home, but also is optimized for productivity.
The first step is creating the “workspace barrier”. This is the boundary between at home and at work. Your office doesn’t need to be in its own room for this effect. You can use your desk to split a room, or settle it into a nook or corner area. One thing we do recommend, it be near a window or in a room that receives lots of natural light. There is nothing more depressing than spending all your work time in the artificial light.
For those who really want to change the atmosphere of their work space, you can repaint or cover the walls with a color or pattern that compliments the setting you enjoy working in. Use bright colors to add energy or light greens and blues to create a calming effect. To finish off setting your space, surround your desk with shelves, cabinets, and maybe a bookcase. Consider your workflow. What items will always need to be within reach, and which pieces of furniture can be set farther away to keep your home office spacious and clutter free?
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If you are an avid reader, than you may know that we always like to talk about ergonomics. If you aren’t comfortable, you won’t be able to concentrate. Choosing the right work chair is vital. You want a chair that will hold you upright, but won’t have you readjusting your position every twenty minutes. A rolling office chair, like an Aeron chair, can be a great indicator that this room is for work and blend well into a contemporary setting, or head for a chair with for legs to match a traditional or cottage style home.
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For those times when you need some rest to restart the juices, add an ottoman that you can put your feet up on or have a futon or sofa to the side. This room incorporates a bed that is sure to prove useful on those late nights or dull afternoons.
Home office nook by redditor dittidot
Now it’s time prep your office tools. Bring in a calendar and some sticky notes. Having your schedule and important notes in view ensures that you never miss an appointment or task. Buy containers to hold your pens, paper clips, and other miscellaneous office items so that they don’t clutter your desk (or your floors). Prepare your cabinets for filing with folders and dividers. Set your speakers atop your shelves or desk – when you work at home, you can enjoy all the sweet tunes you want. Then lastly, decorate! Put up some family photos and other favored desk decorations.