Creating a home office can be a source of joy for a lot of people; the freedom to be creative with your own private space, and the flexibility to work from your own home. However, some people can find it a very challenging endeavour when there are so many opportunities. It can be very tempting to set up near the television, in the living room on the sofa with a laptop or perched on the dining table. While this sounds inviting, home offices should be treated with the same specialised mentality as your work is, which means you’re going to need a more professional set up to be your most productive self.
Here are 3 important planning tips for your home workspace.
- Consider Possible Distractions
Even if you live alone, distractions at home can be abundant. Consider carefully what distracts you the most. Is it being near the television, or other technology? Being close to the front door where you can hear outside noises or traffic? Or being near the kitchen if you keep glancing to the fridge for a snack?
Once you know what distracts you the most, you can set up your home office to avoid these at all costs. Having a designated room away from the other areas of your home is the best way to avoid lack of productivity.
- Think About Natural Light
The benefits of working from home and having your own office space include being able to station yourself wherever you like – and, ideally, this should be with the best source of natural light and an inspiring view (if you’re lucky enough to have one!).
For summer work, conservatories may also be a great option if you’re looking to spend time near to the garden but still want to be stationed comfortably inside. It can give you a great source of light and a lovely view of your outside space.
If you’re looking to improve your home or garden space to accommodate for a home office, make sure you have additional safety features like glazing bars to make sure your new garden room or conservatory is weatherproof and safe.
- Invest in the Right Set Up
Unlike traditional office spaces where you might have to make do with the desk and chair you’re given; home offices mean you have complete freedom to invest in the right features which work best for you and your health needs.
Make sure you don’t just grab a bar stool from the kitchen and think carefully about the sort of desk chair you need to comfortably support you. Invest in a desk or furniture which matches your taste and your home, so you won’t feel like your office set up is at odds with the rest of your home scheme.
Decorate your office to your own taste but try to vary it a little from the schemes you have in the other rooms of your home. This can help mentally to distance yourself from your work when you are spending time in the other rooms during your downtime.