Creating your ideal home office and getting the most out of working from home
As the coronavirus has spread throughout the world, many employers are asking people to work from home. If you simply bring your work laptop home, you might find it’s kind of fun to work from your couch for a day or two. But likely after the second day you will find yourself slipping into terrible posture, sneaking a nap or two in during the day, or heading into the kitchen every 20 minutes for a snack. If you have a work-like set-up at home, you’ll find it easier to stay focused. dedicated work space in your home helps you set aside household distractions and focus on work.
The reality is, your home office design plays a role in your productivity and energy. If your home office is still on the kitchen table, on your bed, or you're feeling uninspired in your space, it’s time for a home office makeover. Here are some things to consider when setting up your home office space and getting the most out of working from home.
Start each day like you’re going to work
That means taking a shower, getting dressed and having breakfast. Maintaining professional standards will put you in a productive mindset.
Every morning make a list of the things you wish to achieve that day. Scratching off items will motivate you and keep you on task.
Think about when you do your best work, and plan accordingly.
Although your old college sweatshirt and robe are comfy, the only thing you will feel motivated to do is take a nap.
Set up your office
Your space should be as private and exposed to as few distractions as possible. This space is yours, so make it personal! You’re going to be spending a lot of time there. You should have all your tools, like your computer, phone and printer, in one place. Setting up your office also means setting up boundaries with the people (and even pets) you share your home with. Set up rules so that everyone understands when you are available and when you are not.
This space by West Elm is is private, has a functional desk space including a monitor and has a sense of personal style.
Many people put their home office in a basement or other dark area without windows. It is always a good idea to get quality lighting that not only lights the room but your work area as well. Light can help you avoid eye strain, and boost your mood.
Add under-cabinet lighting on each shelf to give your home office a welcoming glow. Photo by Decoist
Create an Open Nook
Incorporate an office nook into a room. Define the area with color. The home office nook in this light gray living room is offset with black paint. Though separated, the office has a custom, built-in look that blends seamlessly in with the living area.
With a smaller area, this home office takes advantage of its vertical space for shelving. By Beauty Hunter.
A shared home office can be easily created using a single wall and long work surface. This trendy home office in shades of gray, white, and warm wood tones is spacious enough for two. The desk integrates with the gray portion of the wall and the white shelf blends in with the white part of the wall for a streamlined effect. The office also has a nice balance of simple elegance with some masculine touches throughout.
Shared home office spaces are perfect, space-saving solutions available to us. By Lucsious.
We have lots of other ideas for your home office space! We would love to help you create the perfect space for you and your personal needs.
Form and Function Style Team