How to set up a work from home office
While working from home, it’s imperative to create an appropriate work space. Your productivity, health, and happiness depend on it! Let’s take a look at how to set up a work from home office that’s perfect for you. And don’t worry: you don’t have to have any interior design experience. We’ll keep our tips sweet, short, and simple.
When it comes down to working from home, isolation from the rest of your home is ideal and healthy. If you have a spare room in your home that you can make an office, that would be best. But if you don’t, there’s no need to worry. There are still many ways you can isolate your work space to limit distractions.
Whether you’re working in a designated corner of your living room or in room with a closed door, you can make your home office ideal by following these tips:
- Avoid televisions being in your office or turned on while working
- If you’re not able to use a room with a closed door, use a noise reducing office partition
- Only use your home office space for working. Never create the habit of leisurely hanging out in your office or chit chatting on the phone with friends. Use your home office as a place for business and business only!
Invest in Proper Equipment
Ensuring you have proper equipment available to you at your home office at all times will help you excel. Let’s take a look at some of the equipment you may need to make your office space functional:
- Desk supply organizer — Skip the frustration of looking around for the tools you need and use a desk supply organizer. A desk supply organizer will keep your pens, pencils, rulers, and whatever else you need close by.
- Desk and chair — Even if your space is limited, invest in a designated desk and chair for your home office. There are tons of compact fold-away options that can work really well in smaller spaces. Working at the dining table can easily cause distractions and lead to quick burnout.
- Fast internet — While working from home, you need to be able to seamlessly complete your tasks. Choose an appropriate internet plan that will provide you with consistent service at fast speeds.
Be Intentional with Lighting
Dull and fluorescent lighting can cause drowsiness and lead to you becoming lethargic. Make your office light and airy to boost productivity and encourage you to want to spend time working. Set up your desk near a window to enjoy natural light or use custom made light fixtures to ensure the setting is just right!
Set the Environment
Ensuring you’re working in an ideal environment while working from home will always encourage a good work ethic. Let’s take a quick look at a few easy tips you can follow to set the environment of your home office:
- Make sure the temperature is just right. You don’t want to be too hot, nor do you want to be too cold. As much as possible, keep the room temperature around 77 degrees in your home office space.
- This point ties into investing in proper equipment but we’ll take a deeper look into it. The desk and chair you choose can be imperative to the amount of work you actually complete while working in your home office. Avoid headaches, body aches, and worse by having a comfortable set up. Choose a cushioned chair over a hard one and make sure your desk is leveled perfectly for your height to avoid slouching and squinting.
- Freshen up your home office by adding plants or even creating your very own plant aquarium. Select your favorite low maintenance indoor plants like the paddle plant, lady palm, or peperomia. Place your plant at a place on your desk or in your office where you can enjoy it and the plant can get optimal sunlight. Indoor plants can have benefits like reducing stress levels and improving air quality.
Make it Yours
Our last and final tip is to make your home office yours! Add family photos, inspirational quotes, and goals to the walls and your desk to personalize and enjoy your work space. Add colors like yellows, greens, and blues to encourage productivity and seamless work.
You should enjoy the space you work in, not dread it. Making your home office truly yours will encourage you to want to work, as well as avoid burnouts. Another great way to make your home office your own is to have your favorite healthy snacks and water close by to munch on and stay hydrated. Snack on mixed nuts, kale chips, berries, and apple slices throughout the day to stay well-nourished and focused. Decorate your desk with your favorite desk accessories, use your favorite pen colors, and organize the way you think is best to make your home office one of a kind!
Carolyn Mitchell is a freelance writer and content strategist with a passion for home décor. She can often be found re-painting and updating the furnishings in her home, and she is also a dedicated cat mom to two adorable kitties.