2020 has completely changed the way we work. After all, the vast majority of us left our offices back in March and we’re yet to return. Although, despite the good news about a coronavirus vaccine on the horizon, the work-from-home model looks like it is set to stay for a little while longer. With this in mind, it’s time to ditch the idea of working from the kitchen table and build a home office where you can work peacefully and productively. Here’s how you can create the perfect space for the new work-from-home model.
1. Separate work from home
If you’re working from home on a regular basis, then it’s important to separate your work life from your home life. After all, if you’re working while sitting at the dining table or in your pyjamas working from bed, then you’re likely to be far less productive than if you’re working in a traditional office space. By creating a separate office environment, you’re more likely to feel professional and productive. So, identify a space that you don’t usually use, such as a spare room or a storage space and convert it into a home office. This way, you can rest assured that you won’t be distracted by the television or any unfinished chores.
2. Don’t cramp the space
If you clutter your home and your office space with large pieces of furniture then you may end up feeling quite claustrophobic. So, research desk styles that will fit your space. If you’re regularly working on a laptop, a computer desk will likely be the best option for you. Alternatively, if your floor space is limited, a corner desk may be a better option. Thankfully, desks don’t have to cost you a fortune, so you could create your home office for less than you imagined. After all, budget computer desks often only cost around €100, so there’s no need to break the bank when creating your home working space.
You should also remember that working in a cluttered space can be quite distracting and can ruin your productivity. As a result, you should organise your space as much as you can to avoid the appearance of clutter. So, invest in folders, boxes and dividers that will help keep all of your documents and paperwork under control.
3. Reserve space for brainstorming
Your best ideas will sometimes come to you when you’re away from your desk. As a result, you should always include a creative space in the design of your home office. Whether you’re looking for a big idea, searching for business model improvements or trying to solve a problem, whiteboards and pinboards are your friends, so try to include these in the vertical space. By keeping your brainstorming space close by, you’ll be able to jot down those all-important ideas before they leave your head.
4. Add some personality
If you’re as productive as you can possibly be, you’ll be spending long periods of time in your home office. As a result, you should inject some personality into your space and make it inspiring. This way, you’ll be less likely to become tempted by distractions.
Try following the rules for colour psychology, and blend them into your room’s overall colour scheme. Colours like yellow, orange and red will add energy to your space, while dark, dull colours will make it feel more boring. Then, add some decorations and trinkets that match your personality to make you feel more comfortable in your space.
Follow these tips and you’ll find it easy to make a home office space that works for you. According to research, 65% of people actually believe that they’re more productive working from home than they are in an office. By following our tips, you’ll minimise distractions, improve your focus and be more comfortable working than ever before.
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