The great advantage of working from home is that you can create your ideal work environment. Every detail from the color to your desk is your choice!
It is important to not only make this space an area that you will enjoy working in, but to ensure that it keeps you working effectively. Here are some helpful tips when creating your work space:
Create a Space Just For Work
Separate your work environment from your personal environment. This can be difficult since you are working in your home; however by creating an office that is only dedicated to work related duties you can prevent distractions. Create boundaries and make sure to let other household members know that it is official work space. Televisions, game consoles and other distractions should be moved out of this area. A personal touch however to keep your mood up is a great addition to your office. Plants, paintings or pictures of children, holidays etc. can keep your motivation up when working on that drab project.
This is where you will spending most of your day and in order to avoid back pain you should think carefully when purchasing an office chair. Do not cheap out in this area since your comfort and health are huge factor in your ability to work. You should look for a chair that gives you good posture, lower back support and is comfortable for your needs.
If possible choose a room with a window that allows in as much sunlight as possible Exposure to natural lighting can improve your mental alertness and mood. If natural sunlight is not an option or you do a vast amount of work in the evenings then invest in a multi-functional light. If you have a light that allows for different intensities depending on when you are reading, working on the computer etc. you can adjust the proper lighting to your mood and how you are feeling that day.
No one wants to look at a color that they dislike all day! Paint the room a color that is both something that you like and is calming for your work environment. It is true that certain colors affect your mood in various ways.
This means have a place for everything. If you are not properly organized clutter will accumulate on your desk and create an inefficient work space. Take some time to think about how you work and the flow of your papers etc. By taking this into consideration you can keep the right materials in the appropriate to make your life easier and save time.
It is important to create a space that is both comfortable and organized, and has your own personal touch added to it. This allows you to work efficiently while keeping your mood positive and on track. Working from home is a great option for saving on overhead costs and provides flexibility that you would not get from a traditional office. Here is to success out of your home office!