Working remotely is easier today than ever before. The home office has become "THE" office and even the decor can help or hinder your productivity. Here are a few tips that will help your home office be the best office.
1. Define Your Space - You may have a whole room you can designate as your "office" but, a lot of times your office may need to be a corner in a room that is something else. Find a way to define that space. A small area rug can give it a boundary, or maybe the furniture you have can create that separation. You need to have a space that is your "work zone".
2. Lighting - You will need task lighting, either a desk lamp or a floor lamp nearby and you will need ambient lighting to set a tone in the room. A space that keeps eye strain to a minimum and feels calm will keep you more productive as well!
3. Furniture - A comfortable chair for work is a must, but if your office is out in the open splurge on one that is both comfortable and pretty. The same with your desk. You need one that functions well for the kind of work you do, but, being a beautiful furniture piece will make it a place that is nice to be and not just a work zone.
4. Storage - Keep in mind while you are looking for the beautiful desk you want, that you will need storage. If you opt for a table desk with no drawers, remember you will need it close to shelves or cabinets so it will still be functional. Also, use decorative storage ideas: baskets, nice shelving and decorative holders for small things like paper clips or rubber bands.
5. Productive Colors - Using muted tones and colors that keep the space warm will help reduce eye strain and will help you be more creative and less distracted.
6. Plants Add Life - Plants in office spaces boost happiness and productivity as well. Opt for easy care plants, so that you will keep your focus where it needs to be.
7. The Final Touch - And finally, in your home office, make sure you have a balance of offices supplies and attractive decor. You always want to keep the "home" in your you home office!
This blog was inspired by an article by Gary Thompson in the Feb 2018 issue of Midwest Living magazine.