As many of us now know, working from home has its upsides and downsides. The commute is as easy as walking from one room to another, but it can be challenging to shut off from work at the end of the day. There’s more time for things you enjoy, but it’s easy to be distracted by household chores.
Whether you have a dedicated room as a home office or a makeshift space in another room, it’s essential to be comfortable and find ways to increase productivity and limit distractions. Check out our tips for making your workspace more comfortable to help you work at your best.
Increase the Lighting
As window and door companies know, natural light is incredibly important for a productive workspace. A dark workspace can make you feel gloomy and sluggish. Ideally, you will be able to work from a space with plenty of windows providing you with natural light. But life isn’t always perfect, and you may have to work from a basement or somewhere else where it’s just not possible. Make sure you have good overhead lighting and some lamps as well.
You don’t want to just grab a chair from another room (and made for a different purpose) or sit on a couch for when you’re working. If you invest anything into your home office, a comfortable, ergonomic chair is a great place to start. This is one area where you won’t want to settle — and your back will thank you for that.
Just as you would decorate your work area at the office, you should add some personal touches to your home work area. Personalizing the area with photos of loved ones, sports memorabilia, a plant, or anything that makes you feel content is a great way to stay motivated throughout the day.
Keep Your Workspace about Work
Just like you shouldn’t read, watch TV, or scroll through your phone in bed and let it be a designated place for sleep, you should also avoid using your workspace for anything other than work. When working from home, it’s difficult enough to maintain a work-life balance, so make sure you don’t end up blurring the lines by using it for other purposes.
Clean and Tidy
Clutter in your work area creates clutter in your mind, so do your best to keep your workspace tidy and clean. A good habit to build is to take a few minutes to tidy up at the end of each day. That way, you have an organized and productive workspace waiting for you when you start work the next day.
Whether you find working from home an easy or difficult task, using our tips to create a comfortable and functional work area will help keep you productive. Having a tidy, personalized, well-lit, comfortable and dedicated area to work in is key to success.