Creating a home office that suits all your needs can be a little tricky. Of course, you want your space to be cozy and comfortable, but you also need it to be what it is: an office. Staying productive at home can get tricky, but there are different home office ideas to help.
There are many things that can distract us during the day, but having a set office space in your home will be extremely beneficial. Perfecting your home office to give you maximum productivity and organization is crucial.
Here are 5 home office ideas to keep you motivated and focused and still maintain the comfort of your home.
Invest in a Big Desk Space
When you’re looking for a desk for your home office, consider everything you will want/need to be on it. You’ll need it to be big enough for everything. If you need your computer along with notebooks, a planner, a phone, a second computer, a camera, or whatever else, you will want to have a big enough work environment.
Try to find an efficient table/desk that’s the best size to fit everything you need on it, so you can sprawl everything out and not have to stack and lose items. If your area is big enough, you can add different organization tools onto it such as letter trays, desktop file sorters, etc.
Make Sure the Lighting is Right
It sounds like something small, but different lightings can change your mood and energy. Having good lighting in your home office is essential. Not only can natural light increase your productivity, it can help with headaches, eyestrain, and vision issues. Overall, it will help with your health and wellness, as well as energy and performance.
Having natural light is of course the best option for an office, so a room with windows is ideal. If this is not an option, however, there are other ways to create the natural light effect with bright walls or a central overhead light. If an overhead light isn’t something you like, try a table lamp to give you the perfect ambiance.
Make it Comfortable
Design your home office to be a place you want to come to. Make it cozy and comfortable, but don’t get too comfortable to the point where you want to nap. Decorate your office to suit your design tastes, but try to keep it bright and airy. House plants are great to have in any office especially ones that are designed to reduce toxins or increase humidity.
You should also invest in a quality desk chair. No one wants a sore neck and throbbing back at the end of a long work day. If sitting isn’t your thing, consider a standing desk to have in part of your home office, as well.
Adding some bright art, pictures of family, and other knick-knacks are also great ways to spruce up a home office and make it somewhere you like being. Ultimately, having a work space you love will help stay focused and enjoy your workdays.
Make Sure you Have the Right Equipment
This may seem like an obvious one, but you may not think you need something specific until right when you need it. Depending on what you’ll be doing in your home office, you may need different things. If you are constantly needing things printed, go ahead and purchase a good quality printer. These are things you need to do beforehand so it’s not taking away from your amount of time working.
If you’re making and/or receiving a lot of phone calls a lot for your job then you may want to consider a work phone. You may want to get a home phone with a private line for your office if you are not given a cell phone specifically for work. This will help to avoid distractions from other callers, apps, alarms, or a busy line.
Create Office Feng Shui
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “Feng Shui” before, but if not it’s a Chinese practice that designs a room to maximize energy and flow. This can be applied to your whole house, but it’s extra important in a home office and will help with productivity.
First and foremost, you’ll want to keep your home office decluttered and organized. Spending a few minutes each morning and afternoon to get everything organized and in the correct spot can be extremely beneficial. Position your desk so that your back is facing a wall and you can easily see the door from your front.
Hopefully, these tips can help you increase your productivity in your home office and give you the comfort you deserve.
Let us know of any tips we didn’t mention that help your productivity in your home office. We’d love to hear from you!
Alyson Pittman is a contributing writer for WBD and a JR marketing associate for Excite Creative Studios, an Atlanta-based creative agency.
Alyson graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. She was in multiple organizations at KSU where she held leadership positions. As a part of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Alyson held the Social Coordinator position and planned/promoted large events.