Setting up your home office for success

Setting up your home office for success

Working from home has become the norm for many people. Whether you use your home office for five days a week or one, there are some basic things that are required. To ensure your working from home experience is comfortable and productive, it is important to spend time setting it up correctly and review as you go. To begin planning, let’s look at the most important factors for a great home office:

Choosing the Space
If your space is limited, you may need to get creative. You may not have a purpose built space for an office but many areas can be adapted to meet your needs. If you are spending a lot of time in your home office, you might prefer a better view and more room. Identify space that is infrequently used, such as a guest room or dining area. Choosing a space where you have some privacy is important and if you have children, inform them of your new working space and what that means.

Plan What You Need
Plan ahead for all the things that you’ll need to work comfortably and efficiently in your home office and keep your project within budget. Start with proper temperature control and lighting. Have enough access to powerpoints for all the electronics you need. Have a phone charger in a position that allows you to be on the phone while charging in an ergonomic position. Your desk chair will be moving around in the space, so flooring should be a hard surface, at least near the desk. If you’re fortunate to have a window nearby, select window coverings that will allow you to control the light in your area. If you don’t have windows, then you will need to come up with good lighting sources for your area and some nice photos to look at.

Writing Surface
Probably the most important piece of furniture you’ll have is a desk or work surface. Whether you use a purpose-built desk or the dining table, it should be large enough and the right height to allow you to comfortably complete your work.

Lighting
It’s extremely important to have proper lighting in a home office. To reduce eye strain, have lighting installed over your reading area, on the computer, and behind you so that there’s no reflection off the computer monitor. Place the computer monitor at a comfortable distance from your chair so that you don’t need to squint or use reading glasses to read the screen. By reducing eye strain, your work will become more comfortable and safe.

Less Is More
Of course, you want everything you’ll need at hand, but you’d be surprised what you can live without. Clutter is very distracting and reduces efficiency, so start minimal and as you need a new item add it to your station, instead of being fully stocked with the stationery you never use. When your schedule, your routine, and your workspace are organised, you’ll work better.

If your storage space is limited in your designated home office, find a place in another area of your home for items and supplies that you use less frequently. Include power surge protectors to protect your computer and information from electrical power outages. Make sure you store your backup disks in a different part of the home.

Add Color
Add personal touches and colour to make the space more inviting. Select a decorating style and add patterns, window treatments, and furniture to express that style. You can even use this space to escape to some style you’d not want for your whole home, but love anyway. Be sure to include on the wall or deskspace either artwork or photos that you love. By planning your home office space, getting it organised, and decorating it to express who you are, you’ll enjoy it more. Your work will be better, you’ll appreciate being at home, and you’ll have the perfect place to work: your home.


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