Creating a Work Environment at Home
One of the greatest benefits of a home office is the freedom to decorate and design your home office as you wish, but without letting either space lose their distinct identity. In other words, we shouldn’t blend the workplace with the rest of our personal space, aka home.
Whether you call your ‘home office’ a blessing or a curse, one thing’s for sure, your mood and your productivity will be affected by how it is set up. Just as a cluttered desk is a cluttered mind, a disorganized home office may be the source of unnecessary mind-blocks to new ideas and solutions.
- Don’t Mix Work with Personal Life
We’ll start with the most evident tip, blending work and pleasure as one. Even with the firmest intention to separate the both of them in your home office at the initial stage, the two are bound to mix since your office is in your home.
- Get Good Seating Support
Are you getting the seat support you need? You may not think comfort and support matter to your productivity, because who has the time to enjoy a really good work chair when engrossed with tons of work? As it turns out, that is precisely the reason why you should take note of your seating support if you are spending most of your time sitting on your chair when working.
- Invest in Better Lightings
We often neglect the lighting. Is your desk lamp too bright or too dim to work under, effectively? Are you getting sufficient natural light, the best kind, from the Sun? To have that, make sure your designated workspace has enough windows or openings to let the sunlight in.
- Keep Your Tech Updated & Reliable
If you’re going to be working at home most of the time, you’ve got to make sure that technology is your best accomplice. Do you get frequent technical faults with your existing devices such as your computer, printer or connections? If you do, I’m sure it is a major source of frustration at work.
Chances are that you are holding on to your old devices and gadgets because they still work and you don’t find it economical to pay for an upgrade. Well, think about how much time you’ve wasted instead, trying to troubleshoot and fix them, plus the ‘opportunity cost ‘you’ve lost.
And don’t forget the negative effect it has on your mood! System crashes and data loss near an important deadline can cause more damage than it is worth.
- Augment Your Technology
The other thing to consider about your home office technology is the additional features that some of your gadgets, devices and software have to offer. After working for a while, you should have an idea of what you might be missing in your home office that might significantly facilitate your work.