Working from home isn’t an unusual site in the modern functioning world. With companies offering more flexible operational hours for their employees they are able to work around their already hectic lifestyles. Parents with small children find that working from home makes their life somewhat easier as they are able to earn a living whilst being close to their little ones. They however are not the only people who work from home, self-employed people do and a lot of people who are given the choice between an office and their own household.
With that said working from home has its drawbacks if you do not have suitable surroundings. It’s no good sat on the sofa with your paperwork sprawled around you and a laptop on your knee with the TV on in the background. You won’t get much done this way and you’ll more than likely fall behind with your work and become highly frustrated. For optimum productivity at home you need your own office space that is free from distractions but stimulating enough to prevent you from becoming so bored you fall asleep.
To make sure you get the best from your home office follow our 5 simple steps below.
Find your space:
The first thing to do when setting up a home office is find your space. The most convenient space would be a spare room you have or one that isn’t used and can be converted into an office. This however isn’t possible for everyone in which case you will need to find yourself a space that is free from distractions such as the television. Some people choose to designate a corner in a larger room within the house such as a bedroom, under the stairs, inside a large cupboard area or in the basement. It doesn’t matter what you go for as long as it is comfortable, private and spacious.
Plan your space:
Once you have a designated area within your home you will need to consider the design of your office. This is important for ensuring that you can move around with ease, have access to the things you need and maintain high levels of organisation. To do this you will need to choose the furniture you want to use and decide on whereabouts you want to place it. It is a good idea to draw out a rough sketch of how you picture your office so that it is easier to put together. Think about the type of lighting you will need and where it will be best situated. The same goes for storage solutions and anything else you may need.
Organize your space:
Once you know where you want to place everything you will need to think about how you are going to organise the space. The most important thing you are going to need is a desk. The desk should be big enough to place essential items on such as your computer along with accessories, such as your mouse and keyboard and your printer. It’s all well and good getting all of these things to fit but have you considered writing space? You will need this space to take notes so that you are not trying to do it on your knee. A good drawer space in the desk is also advisable for storing documents and a shallower one for keeping stationary and other bits and bobs you might need. Be sure to keep wiring and chords out of the way, and make sure you have enough leg room below your desk in order to sit comfortably.
Personalize your space:
Now that you have the professional side of things covered it is a good idea to allow some of your own personality to shine through. This is a space you will be using on a daily basis in which case it needs to be an environment that you find pleasant to be in. This is simply done by hanging some pictures and by adding some personal items. Be careful not to over clutter though as this will take up space and cause distractions.
Be ergonomically aware:
Ensuring that you have the right furniture and lighting in your office is important for maintaining your own health. The likes of backache and eye strain can be prevented if you sit with the correct posture and have adequate lighting around you. You should invest in a good chair that offers you suitable support and is height adjustable so you can sit comfortably. A person sitting correctly at their desk will have their feet flat on the floor, their knees bent at a ninety degree angle and their eyes level with the top of their computer screen.
Emma is a keen writer with a particular interest in office design and storage. She currently writes for Modular Systems, supplies of office partitioning.
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