When the pandemic hit, many people transitioned to working from home. If you’re working remotely, it’s important that you have space where you can be focused and productive. Here are some tips to help you create a home office.
Choose a Space to Create a Home Office
For your office, find an area of the house where you can work with minimal distractions. If you have small children in the home, choose a distant bedroom or attic space so you can focus on your job. If you must work in the living room or kitchen, set your work hours and post them so family members are aware of times you cannot be interrupted. Give yourself breaks and time for lunch and write those into your schedule.
Paint Your Office
Neutral colors like beige and white are often recommended when putting your home on the market, but for an office space that doesn’t put you to sleep, choose a more energizing color. Different colors can be calming, energizing, encourage creativity, or promote focus. Choose a color based on how you want to feel while you’re at work. Darker colors help minimize distractions. Earthy colors like greens and blues are calming. Bold playful shades help you keep your energy level up.
Create a Home Office with Comfortable and Functional Furniture
You’ll be spending many hours each day working in your office. Invest in comfortable furniture. Choose an office chair that is ergonomically designed and provides proper support for long workdays. Make sure your desk is a comfortable height. Use an ergonomic keyboard and mouse to reduce strain on your joints and tendons.
Make it Mobile
If you don’t have the luxury of having a dedicated office space, choose items to make your office mobile. Purchase a desk, chair, and even a filing cabinet on wheels. This way you can move the furniture out of the way after work hours. A mobile office allows you to set up your workspace anywhere in the house and change the location as often as you wish.
To reduce eye strain and boost mood, make sure your home office has good lighting. Natural light from a window is best, but it’s important to illuminate the entire room to reduce shadows. It can be tough to set the right lighting for all the tasks you’ll perform in your office. Typing, filing, researching, and web meetings require different light sources. Indirect lighting is a good general choice. Then add lamps throughout the space to supplement the light as needed.
You’ll be spending a lot of time in your office. Take the time to make it a comfortable and productive work environment.