Updated: Aug 17, 2020
The perfect home office is going to look slightly different for everybody. However, there are similar considerations you’re going to need to make if you’re going to make somewhere you can stay focused and get things done at home. It can be difficult to separate work from home, so having a suitable place where you feel like getting things done is important.
Let’s take a look at a few components that could help you to create the ideal home office:
Every office should have lots of natural light. Natural light is a natural energy booster. It has numerous other benefits too, such as making a space look more open, and even helping to put you in a good mood.
Rather than having lots of artificial light sources, do your best to make the most of natural light.
Plenty of Appropriate Storage
One of the biggest mistakes you can make in a home office is failure to incorporate lots of appropriate storage. Without appropriate storage, you’ll likely find that your home office looks cluttered and that you can’t find anything when you need it.
There are lots of different storage options. If you have the room, stackable storage might be a good idea. However, if you can put a lot of your documents onto the cloud, rather than keeping them in physical form, it’ll benefit your working space.
You don’t want to look at wires snaking all over the room. Keeping your wires tidy is crucial if you’re going to keep the vibe in your home office nice and tranquil. Do your best to hide wires as you decorate your home office, or at least invest in wire tidies to keep them together and in order.
Working with slow equipment is only going to make your home office a place you dread. You don’t need the absolute best equipment imaginable, but you should consider investing in pieces that are going to help you to get your work done faster. An updated computer may be expensive at first, but it’ll likely more than pay for itself in terms of productivity and ease of use.
People shouldn't be able to barge into your home office. There’s nothing worse than being in a ‘flow’ state, only to be interrupted by your kids or even a partner who doesn't seem to think that what you’re doing is important.
As well as setting boundaries and making it clear what is and what isn't ok, make sure you have a lock of some sort on your door.
It’s all well and good locking your door, but what if you can hear your family loudly talking or playing outside? This is going to be a huge distraction and will likely stop you from getting optimal work done. You can start by looking at building materials pro to see what you can use to ensure your office is soundproof. It’s not a music studio, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time/money, but it’s a worthy consideration to make.
If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your office, then you’re going to need to consider ergonomics. Is your chair good for your back? Can you safely grip your mouse? These things will make a difference to your health and happiness in the long run.
Colors can have a big impact on your mood. If you find that work constantly makes you feel stressed out, for instance, you’d be better off going for a tranquil blue color palette. Red will only worsen those feelings of stress, although it can help with energy levels. Ultimately, you need to decide how various colors make you feel and ensure they are right for you when you’re working.
Your home office doesn’t need to be a bare room with nothing but a computer inside. Feel free to add art and other personal things that will inspire you and make you feel good while you’re in there.
A Place To Think
You should have a place to get away from the computer and think. While you can probably do this in the rest of the house, setting up a sitting area in your home office is also a good idea if you have the room.
Plants clear the air and actually make us feel happier when we look at them. Having a couple in your home office can make it feel like a more joyful place!
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