So much of work has transitioned into the home in the past year, and some of us are still adjusting. The first few months might have been spent with a laptop on the couch and a bowl of cereal resting on the side table, but now it’s getting serious and it just might be time to dedicate a space for the daily grind. Despite what you may think, though, there’s a lot more to creating a work space than just researching desks for home offices or compatible computer monitors. There’s a smart way to design the entire space to make you more productive and focused.
Just like in real estate, location is key! You don’t want to set up a work space in your living room because you’re likely to be disturbed by family members, pets, or the television every few minutes. These little distractions can build up and take hours away from your work time. You want to choose somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of your home, preferably with a door you can close to get extra privacy when you need it. Having a window can be great too because adding natural light will keep you feeling happy and motivated.
Before you pop into the closet under the stairs and start trying to make it your home cubicle, think about how much space you’ll need as well. If you’re going to feel claustrophobic in the space you’ve chosen once you move in some furniture, it’s probably not the best choice. Allow yourself a little breathing and thinking room for optimal success.
Does your job require you to keep physical records or reference manuals and handbooks? If you work for a company that keeps a paper trail, then arranging to have ample storage in your home office is a must. The easiest solution for documents is to purchase a small filing cabinet that can fit neatly under your desk. You can keep your print outs, contracts, and other important papers all organized and in one secure location at your fingertips. Shelves are another great way to keep books, manuals, or binders organized and at your disposal throughout the day.
Make It Personal
Finally, don’t forget to add a personal touch! Include pops of your favorite color, pictures of your family, or inspirational quotes that motivate you. Making the space feel like your own will empower you to step into work every day.