Hopping on a work from home lifestyle? You need an efficient home office area for that. You can’t simply choose a random area each day, open your laptop and go on with your job. That would make you prone to distractions and stress since it would compromise the line between your home and work.
Meaning, coming up with a dedicated workspace helps you perform better at work, and comfortably relax when you’re away from it. It is practically setting up a balance between your two selves in one lifestyle.
And here’s how to smartly setup an efficient working area in your own home.
1. Identify a Sweet Spot
Begin by determining an ideal spot in your home for such kind of space. First, it should be a spot where your family doesn’t usually congregate or, a place that receives little to no traffic. Think of a guest room, the garage or even the balcony. And second, it must be comfortable for you to sit through long hours, so it must have great ventilation and sunlight.
2. Organize Your Things Properly
You can’t efficiently work in a messy environment, thus you must properly organize everything in what amount of space you have. This makes enough smart storage important, such as a desk with multiple drawers. Such furniture can carry your computer and files at the same time. And if you have a small space, consider going tall with an overhead storage.
3. Keep Distractions Away
Storage, as mentioned above, makes your home office neat and clean; which also means lesser distractions as you work. Also, properly organize cables to make your surroundings free from dangling mess.
Aside from proper arrangement, keeping distractions at bay also means following some habits throughout the day. For example, keep a bottle of water near you to make walking to the kitchen unnecessary. Plus, prevent the need to go out to buy supplies by storing enough scissors, staple wires, papers and folders among other necessities. Keeping a coffee maker nearby is a great idea as well.
4. Make the Space Comfortable and Likable
You’d stay for many hours each day in your workspace, so it is wise to make it comfortable and likable for you. Making it comfy includes computer ergonomics such as having a comfy office chair, positioning the screen according to your eye level, as well as making your arms parallel with the floor among other reminders. This keeps body problems away, such as back and shoulder aches as well as eye strain.
And making your office space likable means decorating it according to your personal preferences. Think of adding wallpapers around. Do not overdo it, however, since decorations can easily become distractions.
Moreover, be sure you get enough sunlight from the windows since it helps in boosting the body’s happy hormones. This would increase your efficiency and good mood while on the job. Putting some potted plants can help as well.
5. Draw the Line between Work and Home
Lastly, you must determine the boundaries between home and work. This is the biggest key on establishing a healthy work from home lifestyle, aside from coming up with an efficient working space.
Say, you must leave all work-related stuff in your office space, and keep home related stuff away. You may also go the extra mile by changing to office clothes before starting work each day. Going back to your house clothes marks the end of a workday.
An efficient home office is a big help for your work from home career. That is why smartly setting it up is important for kick-starting you into such lifestyle. Do more research, and carefully plan it up for best results.
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