Working from home is not a new concept, but recent events have created a mass shift in the American workforce and more people than ever before are working from home. While simply placing a laptop on the kitchen table is one way to work from home, having a designated home office offers a better environment for productivity… and, it’s easier to set up than you might think! Read on to see how you can achieve the optimal #WFH area.
- The first step is to find the right location for your home office. Although it’s great if you have a spare room to use, not everyone has this luxury. A corner of a master bedroom or living room, a loft area, or even a section of your kitchen can be configured to work for you.
• Once you find the right space, create a list of the materials you’ll need to be productive. A formal desk is best, but if you don’t own one, then any table will work. Use bookshelves or storage cubes to keep paper, pens, and other useful items within easy reach. Set up any items you’ll be using daily, and organize them in a neat and tidy way.
• Pay attention to the lighting – both natural light and lighting fixtures. Cool light, such as sunlight, is best for productivity. So open up the blinds and curtains to let the light in! If your room doesn’t have much natural light, make sure you have a desk lamp or floor lamp to brighten the space.
• Once you have the essentials set up, it’s time to add some personal touches. Add a plant or decorate a wall with pictures you enjoy, to bring the space to life. Consider the storage elements as well, such as pen holders or file folders.
A home office doesn’t need to be fancy to be an effective and enjoyable space. The most important consideration is to ensure you can work in peace; it should also offer a pleasant place to be productive that is separate from your living space so you can unplug at the end of the workday.