A productive home office is not as easy as some might think. After all, when you work in an office building, you have efficient work habits – right? While that is true for most of us, when we begin to work at home, we quickly find out that there’s a whole new set of issues. Distractions come from every direction whether it be doorbells, pets, or children. Or, perhaps your home workspace simply needs a more dynamic design to spark your fire.
These are just a few things to look at when you’re ready to turn your space into a more efficient, productive home office. So, for those of you who are taking the big step to work from home, here are some tips to make your transition easier.
3 Tips to Help You Design a More Productive Home Office
Select an Isolated Space
Find or design a space somewhere in your home that keeps you separate from the rest of the household while you work. Do you have a spare bedroom that is unused? Maybe you have a loft or a storage nook under a stairway. Keep in mind that you don’t need a lot of space, but the space that you have needs to be designed well.
Naturally, not everyone has extra space, but don’t let that stop you. Even a small space can be designed to keep you focused and energetic.
Surround Yourself with Inspiration
Inspiration is the key theme in many home offices. Everyone needs encouragement from time to time and your workspace needs it the most. At times, even the most creative and successful projects will frustrate you. Don’t let it get to you! Instead, surround yourself with items that excite, motivate, or give you comfort.
Be sure to add your favorite art pieces in your productive home office design. One nice suggestion is to display your certificates in frames to remind yourself of the hard work you’ve done. Pictures of family and friends also keep you going when you feel the stress of a deadline. An idea for inspiration is to create a dream board and hang it on your wall to continue to motivate you day after day.
Pay Close Attention to Comfort
Most professional offices use the services of an ergonomic specialist to measure your workspace. This ensures your maximum comfort on the job and helps avoid short or long-term injuries. But, how many people go to this extent in their home offices? The fact is, you’re going to be sitting in your home office chair and at your desk as long as ever. So please ensure that you give yourself the same level of comfort at home. While you may not need to hire an ergonomic specialist, you can find other resources to assist you.
Most office supply stores that sell furniture offer advice about ergonomics. An online search is a quick and easy resource to learn how to measure your office for proper ergonomics. Also, perform a search on YouTube to watch videos that instruct you on how to measure your workspace for the most comfortable and productive home office.
An investment in furniture designed with ergonomics in mind will go along ways towards the prevention of work-related stress and muscle or eye strain. Experts recommend an office chair with five wheels with adjustability features for height, back, and armrests.
Additionally, some other accessories that help with comfort are the rests for your wrists when keyboarding, and a stand that brings your monitor to eye level. The more comfortable you are, the more productive you are, so please take your ergonomics seriously.
Find the right space for your home office that is free from distractions and no matter what size it is, design it for motivation and inspiration. Be sure to measure your office for the most comfortable work experience ever and invest in furniture that ensures minimal physical discomfort. We wish you the very best success as you build your business from your productive home office.
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