If you are fortunate enough to work from home, then you will need to set up your home office in a way that works for you.
Creating the perfect home office for you may look very different than the home workspace for others.
It is paramount that you have a workspace that suits your needs as it is where you will spend most of your workday.
So if you are wondering what is the best home office for you, here are 5 tips that should get you there.
Depending on the type of work you do, you may not need to be sitting at a desk in a small room in the corner of your home to set up your office.
You may need an area to store documents and other office equipment, but your desk may be at the dining room table, sofa, or out on the deck if the weather is beautiful.
You may also want to move from one area of the home to another throughout the day if that makes it easier for you to get your work done.
If you are like me and do need to have a quiet and dedicated area to work then having the appropriate desk is crucial.
I now use a power adjustable corner desk in my home office where I can sit, use a tall stool or stand if I like.
It may not be as flexible as moving from one room to another, but it does give a sense of a different perspective and gets the blood flowing as well.
Your work schedule may not provide the flexibility in hours you get to work.
If you can set your own hours, then you may be one to be more productive in the morning, or you may prefer to start later in the day into the late hours of the night.
Either way, proper lighting is essential to keeping you focused on your work.
If you don’t have an option to set up close to a large window with daylight, then it may be advantageous to purchase a daylight or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) lamp.
If a SAD light is not within your budget, then you will need to ensure that the lighting in your workspace is adequately lit to promote active thinking.
You don’t want the lighting to be too dark where you become drowsy or increase strain on your eyes.
Too bright and you may get headaches or have to squint your eyes to decrease the light exposure.
You’ll need to be honest with yourself with this one.
You will need to make a list of things in your home that may distract you.
That list will help you decide if you can work anywhere in the home or you may need a designated home office to have the option to close the door to all the distractions.
If you get easily distracted by things that need to be done in the home like laundry, cleaning, cooking or renovations then you may need to a work timer.
Having a timer that you turn on while you work to ensure that you put in the number of hours you would be expected to work if you were in an out of home office environment.
Then you will know that once you’ve completed your expected work hours or reached your work goals, then you are free to whatever it is you wanted to get done in the home.
If you have children, a dog or other people living in the home while you work, then again having a dedicated home office can help. Close the door, put some music on to help you focus on your work.
4-Customize Your Home Office
You have a favorite painting, ornament, pictures or scents?
One immense advantage of working from home is the option to customize your home office or your workspace in the house however you want.
You don’t need to worry about having a scent free environment, or need to have those annoying looking lobby art in your workspace.
You may enjoy having your cat cuddle up on your lap, have a great big whiteboard of your own to doodle ideas on or a punching bag to get that creative blood flowing or stress release.
The options are endless to how you can set up and decorate your home office or home workspace.
If you want to keep things simple and that is the best way for you to work, then that is wonderful, but just know that you do have the flexibility to change things up.
5- Free Yourself of Guilt
There is no need to feel guilty for working from home.
Some managers may frown on the idea of their employees working from home even if the company has a clear policy that allows employees to work from home.
Never let that type of primitive thinking make you feel guilty to work from home.
When you do get to work from home, don’t think you need to have your office or workspace set up ideally before you start.
It may be best to set up the minimum of office necessities first then let your habits and needs dictate what other home office tools and set up you may require in meeting your needs.
As long as you can get your work done the perfect home office set up can come later at whatever speed you wish.
The 5 Key Tips On How To Create The Perfect Home Office
1-Proper Desk or any Workspace in the home where you are most productive.
2-Appropriate lighting to decrease eye strain and encourage productive work.
3-Avoid things that you know will be distractions for you in completing your work.
4-Customize your home office or home workspace that makes you feel happy and productive.
5-No guilt feelings allowed! There is no time or room for handling the guilt of work from home.
Follow these 5 tips and you will be just as…if not more productive than any other employer that remains in a stale business office building environment.
Do you have the perfect home office set up?
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