For many people, working from home is the ideal scenario. If you have other responsibilities, such as being a parent, or if you just work better in a solitary environment, it can be perfect for you. You can (within reason) get up when you want and work to your own schedule. It’s no wonder, then, that more of us than ever are working from home these days.
But, there are issues that this kind of working life can flag up. Without the pressure of a regular office, or a looming boss, it can sometimes be hard to find motivation to get things done. Falling into the age old trap of working from your bed or sofa can mean you get far less done than if you were working in a more conventional environment.
This is why if you’re serious about working from home, designing a suitable office is imperative for your career.
Walls and floor
Now you might not think that the basic design of your office really matters. But, if you are in a room with ugly wallpaper or a lino floor you can’t stand, it’s going to do nothing for your creativity levels. Instead, focus on creating a space that is inspiring and calming for you to work in. For most people, this means neutral colours – so stick with whites, creams and greys. It is also handy that these particular colours are in fashion at the moment in the interior design world. Plus, if you need to sell your house in future, neutral tones in the rooms can make the property much more appealing to a prospective buyer.
Desk and chair
Where you actually sit to complete all your daily tasks is arguably the most important part of your home office. Your desk should be wide enough to be able to accommodate your computer, so take into account whether you’ll be using a laptop or a PC monitor. If you are the type of person who tends to throw a lot of notes and files around, a long desk could be useful for you. Consider also whether you will need draws in your desk, as these can be useful for storing important documents such as tax returns. As far as your chair goes, comfort is key. Sitting in an uncomfortable seat for work can cause a whole hoard of long-term health problems. Plus, it can worsen existing conditions such as scoliosis. Visit websites such as www.officechairsonly.com to find a chair that is suitable for you.
Make it your own
The beauty of having your office in your home is that you can add personal touches to it. You can find inspiration for your work even in the smallest of things, so think about what to place immediately around you. Cacti are good to keep in offices as they add a splash of much-needed green and are easy to maintain. Photographs of your family, candles and any trinkets can all also make your office feel like your own space where you come to be productive.
If you want something done, do it yourself; other wise it’ll never get done. Learn to do it if you don’t know and never despair until you finish what has to be done.