Wouldn’t it be great if you could get all of your work done from the comfort of your own home?
As millennials in or entering the work force, we value a healthy work-life balance. Flexibility and time are seen as some of the most important benefits of a job, even over health insurance. Part of this flexibility includes the option to work from home, something that over 92 percent of millennials would prefer.
Working from home is an ideal way to have the freedom to be your own boss. That said setting up a home office requires a significant change if you’re used to working in a formal office setting. It takes a bit of planning and a bit of effort to make sure this space maximizes your efficiency and productivity.
How do you create the perfect work space that will facilitate concentration and hard work? These tips and tricks can help the young working professional create the perfect home office space.
MAKE A LIST
Before claiming a corner in one of your rooms and calling it an office, make a detailed list of your most basic needs for a home office or a “critical needs” list such as desk, computer, printer and phone.
HAVE A DEDICATED WORK SPACE
It’s tempting to stay in bed all day and call it work, but you will probably find this catching up to you fast. It can become depressing to stay in one spot all day. A dedicated work space will do wonders for how you feel and how you work.
CONSIDER MINIMALIST APPROACH
Keeping your desk space clean with little, non-distracting touches of personality here or there makes a difference in productivity and helps keep your head clear.
BALANCE WORKSPACE AND STORAGE
Maintaining a professional office is dependent upon a good organization. That means planning a space that has plenty of room for both storage and an ample work area. You may have to get creative.
PAINT THE WALLS A COLOR YOU LOVE
Color is an easy and effective way to boost your mood and productivity. Colors can impact the way you think, behave, and perform, and the right color could have subtle effects on the overall success of your work.
MAKE IT COMFORTABLE
You are going to be spending a lot of time here so make your office a space you enjoy being in. Have a great chair. Put some money towards a desk you love.
When possible, choose a space for your office that allows plenty of natural light. Next, consider adding task lighting, or desk lamps, and floor lamps that can give concentrated lighting to your specific work area.
Plants can help relieve stress and contribute to a healthier work life. It’s also nice to have something alive around you when you are surrounded by computers and technology.
MAKE SURE TO BUILD UP RATHER THAN OUT
Use all of your wall space from the floor to the ceiling, even if that means you need a step-stool or ladder to occasionally grab something.
HANG A CLOCK
Once your office hours are set, don’t forget to hang a clock on a wall or place one on your desk. While this may seem laughable and obvious, the truth is that when working from home, it’s easy to forget about time.
Whether you are an entrepreneur launching a business from home, a parent working part time, or a full-time remote employee, you need to create an appropriate home office space to increase productivity.