Working from home has become the new normal. Or rather a large part of the so-called ‘new normal’. Waking up in the morning and scrambling to get ready to make it in time for office is a thing of the past. Today, we all relish that extra half hour of sleep we get on account of there being no ‘office’ to get to. Now as nice a thing as that is, working from home has taken us all some getting used to. After all, it isn’t easy for all of us to live and work in the same space. However, since there’s no doubt that the new normal is here to stay for some more time. And so, creating the ultimate home office is important.
In this article, let’s go over a few quick tips that will help you create a home office that promises to make your productivity soar. So here goes…
Follow ergonomic rules
It’s no surprise that the most important part of your home office is your work chair and desk. And since you’re going to be spending long spans of time on it, it’s best if you ensure it follows some basic ergonomic rules. Ensure your computer/laptop screen is at eye level or a little below. As you scan down the screen, your eyelids will naturally close a bit and moisten, which reduces eye fatigue. Position your keyboard so your forearms are parallel to the floor and adjust your chair so your feet rest firmly on the ground. Another tip – invest in a good chair. That’s one thing you want to be spending top dollar on. After all, you have to love sitting in your chair, or else how will you get any work done?
Let in the (natural) light.
Don’t be someone who puts their work desk into the deepest darkest corner of the room. Because if you do that, how is it any different from that drab office cubicle you disliked so much? Instead, place your desk near a window and allow the natural light to pour in. Not only will it give you reason enough to look away from your computer screen every now and then, but it will also make your space seem a whole lot larger. Which is never a bad thing. However, that being said, don’t forget the lamps for the darker hours of the day. Don’t rely on overhead house lighting as that is never adequate. Throw in a few table lamps and get a soft yet warm glow going.
Create a comfy space
Your desk is going to be where you do most of your active work. But having a space where you can think, read or simply stare into space is essential too. A compact couch or a lounge chair would work wonders. Throw in a throw pillow or two and boom, your little nook is all set. Say hello to some wonderful afternoon naps.
Some greenery for good measure
It’s no secret that plants make everything better. It gives one the feeling of being outside, indoors. And how great is that! Give your home office a breath of fresh air with a bunch of indoor plants that will not only add aesthetic appeal but also purify your air. Plus, plants can go a day or two without watering in case you’re someone who doesn’t like stepping into your (home) office on weekends. Something you wouldn’t be able to do if you had something like, say, fish.
Get your art on
Even if you’re crunching numbers or analyzing data all day doesn’t mean you can’t make your home office an exciting place to be. Throw on some art onto the walls to help you stay motivated and spritely through the day. Something that inspires you or just brings a slight smile to your face. Another thing you must do is get a nice colourful rug for your office.
Work in Color
Last but not the least are the colours. Choose colours that speak to you and not just ones that are fashionable or trendy. You’ll be surprised how closely linked the colour of your walls are with your productivity. After all, every colour affects your mood differently. So whether it’s blue and how it affects your mind to red and how it invokes urgency, each colour has its own effect on our minds. A few of the top picks for home offices are off-white, teal, grey, pastel yellow and green.
So if you’re thinking about sprucing up your home office, here’s everything you need to know. And if you’d like some advice and assistance on getting your walls painted, do give us a call today and we’ll be happy to give you a free consultation to help you create the home office of your dreams.