Since the pandemic, lots of us have discovered that working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you have the freedom to design your workspace exactly as you please. But on the other, you may not be privy to the equipment and setup provided in a professional setting. And depending on your home layout, it might be hard to find space for an office to begin with. Whether you’ve been doing it for years or have just started remote work, creating a home office you’ll enjoy using day after day can be easier than you think with a few simple guidelines.
When it comes to working from home, it helps to physically separate your workspace from the rest of your home. Doing so helps create better work-life balance by tucking the office away where it won’t be seen regularly (out of sight, out of mind as they say). In a perfect world, we’d all have a private room at home that we can dedicate to just work. But let’s face it – not all of us live in such a world. While it’s ideal to have an entire room allocated for just your home office, there are ways to carve out that space in other areas of your home. If space is an issue, consider spots like:
Bear in mind that the one place you’ll want to avoid having your office in is the bedroom. Putting your workspace in the bedroom is considered bad Feng Shui, and for good reason. Simply put, your bedroom should be a sacred space dedicated to rest and relaxation – the place where you take refuge at the end of a workday. Mixing the two together will make it difficult to draw hard lines between work and downtime. If your bedroom is the only option for a workspace, consider separating it off with a room divider, curtain, or bookshelf when it’s not in use.
Especially if you only require a laptop and a few office supplies to do your job successfully, you can get away with just the basics when it comes to crafting a functional WFH office. For maximum productivity and comfort, we recommend putting some thought into choosing these key pieces:
What is ergonomics? The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (more commonly known as OSHA) describes it simply as “fitting a job to a person” to prevent injuries while working. To create an ergonomic desk setup that will be comfortable throughout your day, you’ll want to arrange your workspace so you can sit or stand in one of the following manners:
Whether sitting or standing, always make sure that:
If you’re sitting, be sure that:
If standing, ensure that:
Once you’ve got your basic furniture pieces and layout in place, it’s time to personalize it. And one of the great things about working from home is the ability to decorate your space without limitation. But when it comes to an office space, simple is best. Too many wall hangings or knickknacks can add unnecessary visual clutter, causing you to feel distracted from work. Choose your decorative accents carefully, and consider ones that also add function, like organizational desk accessories or cork boards you can hang both work documents and pictures on.
Looking for an accent piece that will help boost your mood? Opt for a plant or two. Plants tend to make us feel closer to nature, and they’re an easy way to breathe life into any space that feels a little cold. There are many resilient houseplants that will actually cleanse the air and release excess oxygen, helping to clear your mind for better productivity.
That’s right. Even with a perfectly crafted office space, it's still a good idea to switch up your work environment now and then. Being stuck in the same space can make you start to feel stuck mentally too. And according to Indeed, trading your dedicated WFH space for a coffee shop, park, or coworking space every so often can help boost your productivity and inspire creativity. So if you feel like you're in a rut, get out of the house. And when you’re ready to feel grounded again, your home office will be there waiting for you.
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