Do you want to create a space in your home where you can retire, tune the world out, and get things done? Since personalities and work requirements differ, not everyone wants the same thing in a workspace. But as every job has productivity at its core, workspaces aren’t that different.
One of the joys of telecommuting is the freedom to decide where and how to work. But it can also be a daunting reality because, with no set rules, the responsibility of staying efficient falls solely on you. That said, here are a few tips for putting an ideal workspace together at home you may find useful.
- Find Your Spot
Consider all you need for an optimal workflow. This includes natural lighting, network signal strength, privacy, and proximity to a power outlet. It might do you good to pick a location with a view, preferably one that includes nature or something else that soothes you. A good idea is a garden shed, like those found in Eco Rooms.
You can transform a shed into a cozy office where distractions are limited to improve productivity. While you’re at it, keep in mind that you’ll spend a significant portion of your time in this place. So, whether it’s a corner in your bedroom or a separate room, make sure it works for you before setting up shop.
- Think About Ergonomics
Working from home puts all the cards in your hands on how you design your workspace. You may not have much say in setting up your workstation in a corporate office, but here you get to pick everything from office furniture to the décor.
Take advantage of this opportunity and opt for ergonomic designs to make your time in your space take as little toll on your health as possible. Whether a chair with back support (even if improvised) or an external keyboard, it can save you the pain over time and help you work more efficiently.
- Aesthetics Also Matter
On days when you run low on motivation or ideas, a beautiful workspace might just be the thing that gets the creative juices flowing again. Or, at the very least, inspire you to show up. And the best part is, you don’t have to break your back to make your home office space come alive. Simply pay attention to your colors, let in enough daylight, add something personal and some plant life, and keep the area clean; you’ll have a working space that’s both beautiful and creative. If you don’t have enough daylight then you can add LED grow lights so that your plants get proper care.
- Keep The Space Organized
While you design and customize, remember to account for keeping your workspace organized. The importance of a tidy work environment can’t be overstated. The key to maintaining it is having an organizational system for storing (and finding) your work supplies.
That can mean getting a desk with a drawer or carving out a portion of your closet for storage. It could also mean getting office furniture that helps you keep the cables out of sight and other potential distractions. Not only can keeping your space clutter-free save you a ton of frustration, but this study says it can also help you expand your brain’s ability to process.
- Mark Your Territory
After finding a spot and furnishing it to taste, the next step is to declare it a designated working space, marking your office territory, so to speak. There will be no urination necessary for this; thankfully, just a shift in mindset and making those around you aware.
It can be more challenging to enter or stay in work mode if your desk is also where you eat and chill. So it might be best to reserve the space just for work, so you can condition your mind to accept it as such.