Creating the Perfect Home Office
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In this age of technology, more people than ever are starting their own businesses and working from home. Even some employers now allow their employees to work from home all or some of the time.
Some people simply set up their laptop on the kitchen table to do their work. But it’s so much better for your productivity and organization if you set up a devoted space to get your work done. Plus, it’s a bonus not to have to pack everything up every time your family wants to eat!
Here’s what you need to do to create your perfect home office.
Select a Location
If you already have a den or office in your home, that’s perfect! But if you don’t, you’ll have to search for an ideal place in your home to set up an office.
You’ll want a spot away from where the rest of your family gathers so you won’t be distracted. And having the ability to close your workspace off at the end of the day allows you to separate your work and family time.
Some people use all or part of a spare bedroom as a home office. Others convert attics or basements into offices. If your home doesn’t have as much space, you’ll need to get a bit more creative. Consider closing off nooks with bookshelves or turning hall closets into workspaces.
Choose Your Desk Setup
You’ll need a desk that fits into your new workspace and has room for organizing everything you need. Standing desks have become popular and are a great option when working from home. But no matter which desk you pick, it needs to work with your body ergonomically. In other words, be the right height for you to work safely and comfortably.
And two things most people don’t take as much time as they should choosing are good lighting sources and a fantastic chair. Taking some time and doing some research on these things will ensure you stay comfortable in your home office.
Get Everything Else You Need to Stay on Track Daily
When you work from home, it can be so easy to get up to get something from the fridge or warm up your coffee. But this makes it too easy to get caught up talking to family members, doing laundry or dishes, and other household distractions. So, treat your home workspace like a regular office and take everything you need into your office. Only wander into other parts of your house during scheduled breaks.
Some people will actually put a mini-fridge and coffee maker into their office space. But you can try keeping your coffee or tea in a travel mug to keep it warm. And make sure you have a bottle of water and even a snack on your desk to get you through a few solid hours of work.
Keep Your (Select) Knickknacks
When you have an office outside the home, you probably have pictures, drawings from your kids, and other mementos on your desk. But just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep these things on your desk. Sometimes, the only way to get through a tough project is to glance at those pictures or other treasured items.