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13February

12 Things To Consider When Building Your Home Office

Working remotely, or from home, is something many employees are choosing if given the option.

But to be as effective at your job at home as you are in a formal office setting creating an at-home work space will help you be as efficient as ever.

These are some ideas to make the office in your abode work to make you as productive as possible:

  1. Plan the space

    An office space should be inspiring, elicit creative thoughts and motivate you. Your office needs to be a place you actually want to be, not a room with the door closed – a place that stresses you out. With that in mind, choose things like colours wisely. No one wants to spend eight hours a day in a room that winds him or her up. By the same token, you don’t want to fall asleep either.

  2. Get organized

    It’s frustrating to look for a piece of paper you need in a pile of other papers or in a jam-packed drawer. Everything should have its place in your office, so having organizational things like file folders, filing cabinet, binders, etc. will keep your annoyance at a minimum. You’ll know exactly where to look for that important document.

  3. The look of competency

    In addition to being a space you’re comfortable working in, make it look professional, too! When people enter the room, they should know it’s your office space. Items should reflect that – a desk, computer, printer, possibly a fax machine. Just remember to use the space wisely. If a piece of furniture isn’t being used, replace it with something that will be.

  4. Get a little natural

    If your office can look out on green space or water, so much the better. But for those who don’t have that, adding something more natural to the space like plants and a water fountain helps to destress and actually aids in the creative process.

  5. Customize the space

    If you have the room, built in storage may be an option. Built in cabinets and storage spaces keep your office looking organized and polished.

  6. Green might be the ticket

    Give your office walls a coat or two of green paint. Green is not only a soothing colour, but research has linked it to increased creativity. On the other hand, the colour red has no place in your office. It has been shown to weaken performance when it comes to anything analytical.

  7. Face the door

    Most people get a little antsy if their backs are to the door. So, if you can position yourself where you can see the door that would be best according to research.

  8. Ergonomically correct

    Having your eye level at the top of your computer screen will keep your eyes from getting too tired too quickly. By the same token, your chair height should be such that your feet are firmly planted on the floor. If you’re going to shell out more money for an item of furniture, it should be the chair you’ll be sitting in for most of the day. If it’s not comfortable, you’ll be less apt to sit in it, hence less apt to actually work.

  9. Let the light shine in

    If you’re one of those who has the treat of getting lots of natural light in your office space, that’s wonderful. Move your desk so you take advantage of that light – near windows if you can.

  10. Lamps

    Even if the natural light is at a premium in your home office, you’ll still want to have desk lamps when/if your work goes into the late hours. Choose soft but adequate lighting.

  11. Relaxation station

    Just because this is a place where you’ll be working doesn’t mean it can’t have a comfy area for when you want to take a break. Think about adding an oversized chair with an ottoman, some pillows and a soft throw just in case you need a break from all that thinking. Plus, no one will mind that you’re taking a nap in your home office.

  12. Get more rather than not enough supplies

    Overstocking is better than understocking. If other people are home during your work day, running in and out of your office may interrupt what they’re doing. Make sure you have enough supplies on hand – things like pens, pencils, paper, paper clips, scissors, stapler, staples, note paper, etc. You might also want to have a small refrigerator in your office stocked with beverages and snacks. Don’t eat major meals in your office space – after all, you do need to take the same breaks you’d be afforded in a regular workplace.


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