More and more people are working from home, which is why it’s great to have a home office.
Whether you are remote working, catching up on work, or are working on your business, it is much better for your state of mind to have a space in your home dedicated exclusively to work.
If you’re still perching your laptop on your dining table or typing work e-mails in your bed, it’s time to give each space its own purpose.
Your workspace should be a place that is comfortable, inspires you to have new ideas, and hopefully boost your productivity. Here are 9 home office ideas you can incorporate into your home:
1. Designate a workspace purely for work
Look around your home. Even if it’s a small studio apartment, there should be an area where you focus on work only.
If it’s a small space, it’s important that you utilise all the space you can, including vertical and horizontal. A loft bed with a workspace underneath it is a great option.
All your work items should be placed there. Once you enter a space that is solely dedicated to work, you would be able to get into the groove quickly and be productive.
2. Incorporate favourite colours
If you do not have a theme in mind for your home office, such as industrial or minimalist, go with something simple like incorporating 3 of your favourite colours that match well.
A combo like black, white, and navy blue would complement each other greatly, for example. You can also pick colours that inspire calm in you (light blue), or red if you want to feel energised while doing your work.
Bringing in the outdoors is always a good idea. Plants can give your home office a calmer vibe. If you do not have a green thumb, here are a couple of hardy plants that are great for your desk:
Zamioculcas Zamiifolia: also known as the ZZ plant (not hard to see why), this plant has fat stalks and bulging roots that store a huge amount of water. It can also tolerate prolonged periods of low light and doesn’t need much fertilizer. It’s a pretty hassle-free plant.
Peace lilies: they don’t need a lot of light and can forgive a few over-watering. Best of all, they are known for cleaning the air and removing toxins, so they will be a great addition to your home office.
4. Decorate your desk
It’s your workspace, so you should definitely decorate it with things that inspire you to work hard. It could be pictures of your family and kids, or it could be a list of things you aspire to afford.
Whatever you choose to put on your desk, it should either inspire you to work hard, or make you happy when you look at it.
5. Stick affirmative quotes around
You know you are smart and hardworking. Sometimes, however, things out of your control at work can get you depressed and questioning yourself if it’s all worth it.
In this case, putting affirmative quotes that speak to you in a visible place can really help. Whether you hang it up or frame it, quotes like “doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will” and “the key to success is to focus on goals, not obstacles” can help center you more than you realise.
6. Get a wide table and comfortable chair
If it’s your home office, you are probably going to spend a lot of time there. Make it a comfortable place to be, like getting a wide table to put all your work items on, along with your decorations and affirmative quotes.
Your chair is also important. Make sure to get one that supports your back, and does not leave your back feeling sore when you get up. Work should not come with the possibility of health problems in the future.
7. Face (or sit next to) the windows
Natural light is important. There’s a reason why a lot of bigwigs in companies get large corner offices with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Natural lighting helps people be more productive and calmer. It also encourages a better mood compared to fluorescent lights or computer screens.
If you are unable to sit too near the windows, try getting reflective items like mirrors to extend the reach of the natural light.
8. Open shelves and cabinets
Get organized with open shelves and cabinets, so that you can easily see and reach for documents you need for work.
Some clutter may be what you need to work in peace, but too much clutter can really hamper you from performing your best. Imagine searching for hours for something you need, instead of spending those hours on actual work.
Even if it’s a small space, organize your work items by categories. This way, you won’t struggle to find things you need when you need them.
9. Put in a rest area
Finally, all work and no rest makes Jack a dull boy, so make sure you rest when you feel tired. A power nap can do wonders for your productivity.
Instead of going to bed, consider putting in a sofa or a chaise lounge in your home office so you can take a quick nap when you need to. When you want to switch up the look of your home office, you can just switch slipcovers for your sofa too.
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