So you’ve decided to kiss office life goodbye and work full-time from home. Or maybe you set up a home office to pursue your new side hustle. Good for you! Working from home gives you complete control of your schedule. And if you play your cards right, you can skip out early anytime.
But you can’t just flop onto your couch with your laptop and expect to be productive. It’s important to establish an office or workspace within your home. The good news is setting up and organizing a home office is easy. Simply follow the tips below and you’ll have an efficient, organized home office setup in no time.
LOOK FOR WINDOWS
Having a window in your home office is key. It lets in a lot of light, which you’ll need to illuminate your files, phone, or keyboard. Having a window will keep you in a healthy, productive headspace. Just as long as you don’t spend all day staring out of it.
CARVE OUT CORNERS
Have a spare room in your home? Then your new office location is probably a no-brainer. But if you have a less spacious apartment or house, you’ll need to get creative. Camp out in the corner of your living room or dining room, for example.
PICK A PAINT COLOR FOR CALM AND FOCUSED
You’re about to spend a lot of time in your new home office, so it should be a place that you like walking into every day. Pick colors that suit your taste and make you feel serene. Blue and green are naturally calming colors.
USE ERGONOMIC OFFICE CHAIR
We recommend investing in a dedicated ergonomic desk chair; you’re going to be sitting in it most of the day. The last thing you want is to develop back pain or poor posture from your home office.
CONSIDER A STANDING DESK
The health benefits of standing desks may be inconclusive, but there’s one thing science can agree on: sitting for too long is bad for you. If you’re worried about chaining yourself to a desk chair all day, look into standing desks.
Task lighting refers to illuminating a specific area in a way that makes it easier for you to accomplish tasks. In this case, it means lighting that best suits your workload.
POSITION YOUR COMPUTER PROPERLY
The top of your computer screen should be set at eye level or a bit below that. That way, as you scan down text, your eyelids will naturally close a little and moisten. This prevents your eyes from tiring, which keeps you at a good work pace.
Every home office needs a computer. But depending on your line of work, you might need a lot more hardware than a simple laptop. Sit down and take stock.
BUY AN OFFICE PLANT
Greenery can do a lot of good. Plants have a soothing effect on people, which is great for a potentially-stressful work environment.
DECLUTTER YOUR DESK
Papers probably aren’t the only thing clogging your desk. Take a glance and clear off anything that doesn’t belong. It only takes a few minutes, and it removes so many distractions.
Full home office organization is a big job. It tends to be overwhelming at first glance (and even the second and third). If you feel up to it, you can follow our suggestions above to make your office space functional and attractive again.
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