In 2020, many of us suddenly found ourselves working from home – likely clocking hours in a less than ideal workspace. While you may not be able to completely tune out distractions while working from home, these tips will help you create a space that supports productivity and focus.
Find Your Hot Spot
Designating a dedicated workspace, even if it’s not the roomy home office of your dreams, helps condition you to focus when in that environment. Maybe it’s just a specific seat at the kitchen table; the key is separating your workspace from your relaxing space.
Allow Enough Space
Make sure you allow enough space to work comfortably. While this may seem like a no-brainer, it’s easy to underestimate how much space you need. Ask yourself if you will be able to move easily from side to side, stand up and sit back from your desk.
Get Lighting Just Right
Good lighting is critical. Choose a location with some natural light and a view if possible. No view? Position your desk to face the door or add some artwork above your desk. Be sure to include a desk light to provide shadow-free task lighting and extra light in the evenings.
In a home office, you’ll need to figure out storage and organization so you will be able to work productively. Choose options like shelving and smaller boxes or containers that are functional and will encourage you to keep everything where it should be.
Tame Your Technology
Nothing makes a home office look or feel more cluttered than wires hanging from your desk and running everywhere. A few ways to take control of your technology include:
- Invest in a wireless printer and mouse
- Attach visible wires to the underside of your desk
- Gather loose wires with a simple cord tamer
Don’t Get Too Cozy
Finding the elusive balance between getting comfy and getting completely suctioned into the couch is a tricky but essential distinction. Your space should be comfortable enough to work in for long hours, but not so comfortable that you can’t escape a nap.