More and more, companies are offering employees the chance to work from the comfort of their home. However, that comfortable environment is not always a productive environment. Though working remotely has obvious time and money-saving benefits, telecommuting can become disastrous to the distracted at-home worker.
Controlling the features of your home office can help you stay on task during the workday. A well-designed workspace can be the difference between completed tasks and unfinished to-dos.
Whether you’re a remote worker, a self-employed parent, or a freelancer, use the following tips and tricks to design your very own productive home office:
1. Pick the Quietest Location
Some people find home offices less distracting than chatty coworkers, while others find the sounds and activities of a home environment more distracting. If the latter sounds like you, do your best to create a workspace as removed from home distractions as possible. Choose a quiet bedroom corner or empty basement space to keep your mind on the task at hand. If possible, select a room with a door you can close to protect your time from kids, spouses, or pets that might vie for your attention.
2. Remember Ergonomics
Finally, remember that you’ll be spending many hours working in your home office, which will inevitably take a toll on your body. Be kind to your joints, back, and eyes by purchasing ergonomic office equipment. Consider a desk with a liftable top for work while standing and sitting. Look for a chair designed with lumbar support and adjustable features. Protect your general health, too, with good indoor air quality and light. Soak up vitamin D by maximizing sunlight with sheer curtains, and consider a humidifier to maintain 30% to 55% indoor humidity for easier breathing.
3. No Clutter Allowed
It’s common knowledge that a clear space creates a clear mind, and this adage holds especially true for home offices. At the end of each workday, clear clutter from your desk and from the room. Keep all but the most important items in drawers to leave your desk surface empty. Some people also find they work best in a tidy house, so use the time saved from your missing commute to tackle other chores!
4. Energize Your Senses
While your office shouldn’t be distracting, it can still be inviting and beautiful! Take time to decorate with energizing and inspiring accents. While more than 33% of survey respondents would redecorate with a neutral color palette, you might prefer brighter colors for an office. Many find that greens bring energy and positivity, while blues bring serenity and focus. You can even awaken your sense of smell with focus-inducing scents like lavender or mint. Simply light a candle or plug in an essential oil diffuser to make your space more pleasant.
Working from home can be a great opportunity to find the work-life balance ideal for your lifestyle. Use these tips for a more productive home office to protect your work time, so that you can better enjoy your free time.