So you’ve landed yourself a job working out of your home- that’s awesome! Though it may be tempting to work in your bed, still in your pajamas, you probably would get more work done sitting at a desk. This guide will help you pick the perfect workspace for optimal productivity while working from home.
Though this may seem like a simple task, there are many factors that you should take into consideration. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself.
Find a place in your apartment or house where you can focus. If you are easily distracted by noise, you’ll want to go to the quietest room. If you don’t mind noise skip this question.
If you live with others, you might find the passing of roommates distracting, especially if they want to spark up a conversation. Think about what your job demands. If you have a weekly zoom meeting, your roommate walking in the background and talking on the phone is not ideal. Pick a room that gives you some privacy for those important calls.
One of the most frustrating things can be having internet problems, especially if you are working on a tight deadline. With applications like Zoom or WebEx needing a lot of bandwidth, a good internet connection is essential. The last thing you want is to lose video or audio in the middle of a meeting.
According to an article published by MBA at UNC, cold temperature has a large effect on productivity. Through their research of studies and experts, the conclusion was cooler light is the most beneficial for workspaces. This type of light can be provided by sitting near a window and soaking up the sun.
If the room you have chosen is too hot, you may experience fogginess and inability to focus. If the room is too cold, you will unlikely be able to get comfortable to work. Make sure you pick a place with good circulation and controlled temperature for your perfect workspace.
You can’t have your technological devices dying on the job! Look for an available outlet for either your laptop charger or power strip to keep your device fully charged. If there isn’t one near you and it’s the perfect space, get an extension cord and run it along the wall to reach your workspace.
Think about where you want to work once you have found the space ideal to set up. Do you work best comfortable like on a couch or upholstered chair? Maybe a bean bag is more your speed? Whatever it is- you’ll probably need a surface. Which is why I suggest the basic desk and chair. Sitting at a desk provides optimal space for paper documents, office supplies, and that cup of coffee to keep you going throughout the day.
Consider a desk that fits your needs. If you have a lot of things you want to store or place on the desk, you’ll probably want the standard style with sliding drawers. Think about the size too, if you only need a surface to sit at, a writing desk might be the direction to go in. Another option to go for is a standing desk if you are concerned about sitting for too long.
You have endless options when it comes to chairs. One is the traditional rolling desk chair, some have armrests, and some have a higher back. It depends on what you need to be comfortable. If you are a fidgety person, a stationary chair with no wheels, no swivel, and no height adjustments should keep you in the zone. Mesh desk chairs exist for a more breathable chair perfect for someone who gets hot easily and sweats. If you’re someone who likes to burn calories, a ball chair might be something for you! Chairs are adjustable and customizable, so it will be easy to figure out what is right for you.
Note: For those late nights in your home office trying to meet that deadline, remember that you need lighting! A desk lamp is compact at the bottom and adjustable to where you want the light to direct.
Though everything you will ever need is at the touch of a keyboard, there’s some security in having notes written down on a piece of paper. If you prefer looking at things on paper, make sure that you have a printer, and there’s room either on the desk or on another surface for it. If you do like paper, you’re going to need a few other things as well. I’m talking pens, pencils, folders, staples, tape, paper clips, and the list goes on!
There’s also the factor of staying organized. If you have all these things on your desk, there will need to be a place to store them for when it gets too cluttered. That may mean a filing cabinet or a desk hutch. The filing cabinet is excellent for those important documents you print and want to store safely. You’ll also want cups and organizer trays for those loose items like pens.
Just because this is your office space doesn’t mean it can’t look fashion-forward or scream your personality. Add some personal flair to make it feel like a place that you want to be. Photos of friends and family, knick-knacks, books, and quotes that inspire you are great options.
If you’re a sensory person, lighting candles or incense in the room you are working in could make your workspace a little homier. According to entrepreneur.com, there are six scents that can boost your mood and productivity. These scents include; lemon, lavender, jasmine, rosemary, cinnamon, and peppermint. Having a great smell waft through the air is key to a perfect workspace.
You’ll want to surround yourself in colors that will compliment how you want to work. Psychology Today suggests that color has an impact on the mind. They also suggest that green is a creative color, suitable for home offices and blue is safe- everyone likes blue. Now, this doesn’t have to be wall color, it can also be incorporated into the items that you buy to decorate and use—for example, a green laptop case or mouse.
The key to working from home is having the perfect workspace. If you are in a space that you love surrounded by things you like to look at and help you work in the long run, you will enjoy working. Don’t be afraid to switch things up too if you get bored. It’s ok if things don’t work for you one day and do work for you another. Move to a different area to get a fresh perspective and a new environment. Maybe this will recharge your concentration and your imagination. Good luck out there!
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