Work from Home: Designing an At-Home Office That Aims to Increase Productivity
Article written by Haley Kieser at Zog Digital.
These days, more and more people are starting to work from home, women entrepreneurs being a large group choosing the home as the new workplace. Working from home seems like the best gig: you get to make up your own hours and work at your own pace, you don’t have to spend money on gas or public transportation, and you get to work in an environment that you personally find conducive to a productive environment. Despite the fact that working from home seems like the perfect gig for you, there are plenty of obstacles that are bound to rise, most of which will ultimately affect your productivity.
One of the best ways to remedy this problem is to design your office in a manner that aims to increase productivity. If you’re unsure where to start, keep reading! Here are ways to design an office that will increase productivity.
Pick the right spot to work in
Since you’ll be spending hours in this space, you’re going to want it to be as comfortable as possible. This means, giving yourself an area where there is plenty of room. A desk that is crammed in a windowless closet simply won’t do for work (unless that helps you be productive in a healthy manner then by all means, go for it!) Make sure this space has windows, so you’re able to let in light and fresh air.
Get a comfortable chair
You don’t realize the importance of having a good office chair until you find yourself needing to contact a chiropractor because of a sore back. You’re going to be spending long hours in that space, get a chair that is ergonomically correct. If you have to spend a few extra dollars on securing the chair, then go for it. It will make all the difference in the end.
Never work where you sleep
We get it! You’re working from home. You get to wake up whenever and work through the day as you please. You don’t need to worry about throwing on an outfit and can work in your PJs all day long. Even though you can do these things doesn’t necessarily mean that you should. When you design your office space, make sure that your bed is far away from your work space. Where you sleep and where you work should be two completely different spaces because when you work in your bedroom, you are more likely to fall asleep. Your brain is trained to associate the bedroom with relaxing and therefore it makes it difficult to work effectively in bed.
Get proper lighting for your room
When you’re in an office, you are often working away on your computer for several hours, exposing your eyes to the intense blue light of your monitor. After a while, that strain can begin to take a toll on your eyes. The solution? Provide your work area with ample amount of light (both natural and artificial) and situate the lighting in the most effective areas in your office. As it turns out, having light directly focused on you can contribute to eye strain; therefore, situating yourself so that the windows are to your side will help.
Find the right color scheme for your office
We all know that color matters when you’re picking out a theme to any room, but how much? It’s been proven time and time again that color has a psychological effect on people, influencing their moods. When you’re designing your office, the best colors for your space are hues that make your room look open and bright. Professional painters have noted that warm colors like gold definitely help wake up the area, so that you feel fresh and energized, ready to take on your workday tasks. Yellows and golds help spark creativity, so if you’re in a field that requires you to consistently create content, you might want to look at these colors. Cooler-toned shades like blue stimulate your mind and is also associated with productivity, whereas green helps bring balance to any room that you’re in. You also don’t have to slather on one particular color on all your walls either, just having some accents and pops of a particular color can really spruce up any space.
Set up an inspiration corner in your room
Gather candles with scents that you love, some art or photos, and a few other trinkets and assemble them in a neat little corner of the room. A small collection of your prized items can help inspire and motivate you throughout the day.
Optimize your space
There obviously isn’t a ton of space for you to sprawl out, so you have to be clever with your storage. Think about how you work: do you prefer stacking your files or hanging your files? If you like to stack, get some nice baskets and label them accordingly. If you like to hang items, find baskets that you can attach to your wall. Get creative and DIY some of these items. Knowing that you painstakingly crafted these items might also spark some productivity.
Organizing your space can be the most difficult part. Consider hiring a professional to help make the most of your home office.