Since the Covid-19 shelter-at-home started, a lot of us have to not only make a home office but share with other people. It seemed like the internet speed went from 50 MBS to 3 MBS with so many people at home during the day. My home office is productive but not the most comfortable. Anita Clark has some good ideas in designing a home office that is right for you.
Everyone needs a home office, whether you work from home or not. Even students or regular employees have to inevitably take some projects home, then work in a space that’s nowhere near conducive. We often see people working from their bedrooms, dining areas, and their kitchens… places that weren’t designed to invoke creativity or productivity at all.
As a Realtor, I spend a lot of my time working from home. Though I do take clients around, most of the “magic” happens over the internet. This is where I build relationships with both potential and existing clients. This is where I find opportunities… and over the years, I’ve learned to design my home office according to my needs. Here are some really simple and easy design ideas that will help you stay focused and out of trouble:
Declutter Your Desk
Your work desk is where all the work happens and let’s be honest, it’s always in a mess. With our busy schedules, we normally don’t have time to declutter. We tend to pile more stuff onto it, that the moment we need something specific to get a task done… we can no longer recall where we placed it.
Now, the problem with decluttering is we don’t even know where to start. There’s just too much on your work desk that you might as well throw the entire thing out. I know how tempting that is, but don’t. Start by throwing pens that aren’t working anymore, files or papers that you no longer need, as well as any fixture or electronic device that’s already broken. The trick here is to simply get the momentum going. Once you’ve already started, you’d be surprised at how much trash you’ve already taken out.
Improve Your Lighting
Several studies have shown, time and again, that certain lighting conditions have a profound effect on our level of productivity. Apparently, it’s in our DNA to work better when under a cooler light. However, warmer lighting also has positive benefits on our physical and mental well-being, especially on workers who remain cooped inside an office the entire day. Here’s another surprising fact too… natural light emitted both during the day and night can actually reduce depression, and improve mood, energy, alertness and productivity.
Besides adjusting the temperature of your lighting fixture from a warmer to a cooler shade, move your desk near a window where you can enjoy some sunshine! Don’t be afraid to rearrange your furniture, but be careful. Some electronic devices may be sensitive to heat, so you may want to keep them away from sunlight.
Add A Natural Touch
This age-old tip never fails. You see, in order to be productive, you must feel “free” and unconfined in your workspace… and since you cannot bring your home office outdoors, why not bring a little touch of nature into your home? Well, the common way to go about this is to bring in a potted plant that you can easily place on your desk. But there are so many other natural elements that you can introduce into your workspace. Instead of using furniture made of artificial materials, why don’t you use ones that are made of wood? They’re easy on the eyes and are much durable too. You may also opt for neutral tones when choosing various design elements, and then try to use the least amount of technology when working.
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