We’re aware that it’s not always easy to create a home office that is optimal for your needs. Too often, people believe that simply squeezing a desk and chair into a spare corner, or setting up a laptop on the dining table is all they need to get on with the day. But this can create an inefficient working environment.
Here are our top tips on how to make the most out of your office, both for your productivity, and your comfort:
1. Choose a room you can control
Whether it’s music you need or total silence, your room should be one that allows you to create the ideal environment to be at your most productive. Having a place where you can shut the door and shut out the world is often the key to controlling your focus at work.
2. Learn how to make the most out of your space
You might feel like your home has hardly any room for a home office, but a more creative look at your space can reveal surprising opportunities. From a converted closet to a loft conversion, to a spare room or even a space defined by a dividing screen, we’ve seen it all! When you find it, bear in mind that you can end up sabotaging good organization if you don’t utilize your space well.
3. Bring in the light
Hopefully, you can create a space that works for your type of home working, and use one that has lots of natural light. It’s a real bonus to work in the daylight and will be much easier on your eyes, helping your productivity. If you can’t manage to get enough natural light and/or need to catch up on work in the evenings, you need to ensure you have some good task lighting at your desk or workspace. A decent desk lamp, anglepoise or similar will be kind to your eyes and keep you bright and alert.
4. Clear the clutter
Everyone knows the famous saying… ”a clear desk is a clear mind”. Well, whether it’s true or not, clearing away office clutter certainly goes a long way to creating an organised space, which allows you to think and work more effectively. Not to mention how you’ll next be able to find that tax bill that needs paying.
So, creating a good filing system, backed up by sensible, clearly labelled storage is imperative. And if you want it to look pretty too that’s not a problem. We can easily accommodate that wish, particularly as there are lots of stylish yet practical office storage solutions available at all kinds of price ranges.
5. Room with a view
If possible, place your desk next to a window which gave me a little view to look out onto. It’s really important to give yourself something inspiring to look at. It will help you feel connected to the room and give you more motivation to get back to work if you enjoy being in the space.
6. Plan, plan, plan
We all need to keep on top of our to-do list, and none more so than those that work at home. It’s so easy to be distracted when you’re working alone at home, by all kinds of things. The solution to staying on track is to create a good planning system, one that’s visible to you at all times, reminding you to keep motivated.