Have you ever wanted to work from home, so that your work can be a dream?Sadly there is a bit more to it than that!Read on if you want to make it work
Working from home is a dream. Instead of enduring a hellish commute every morning, you can roll out of bed, grab coffee and toast, and be at your desk in ten minutes. How cool is that?
Unfortunately, it isn’t quite that simple as you will need a designated space to work in and the right set-up to ensure you stay as productive as possible. If you don’t already have a workspace, now is a good time to create one. There are lots of ways to do this: you could convert a spare room into an office or build an extension (for more information on whether this is a viable solution, speak to a loans company and your local planning department).
Once you have an office set up, now is a good time to consider how best to make it a super productive workspace. So what design features do you need to help you stay on target and avoid too much procrastination?
1. Keep Life and Work Separate
Working from home is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you can wear whatever you like and take the dog for a walk if the sun comes out, but on the other, it is hard to be disciplined about deadlines when the telephone keeps ringing and your neighbour pops over for a chat.
To be productive, you need to draw a line between home and work. Firstly, create a separate workspace where you can get on with work and not be too distracted by what’s going on around you. Secondly, establish what hours you will be working and don’t allow work time to bleed into personal time.
2. Buy a Comfortable Office Chair
Working from home usually means sitting at a desk all day. To do this comfortably, you need to invest in a good quality office chair, preferably one with lumbar support and a nice, padded seat.
3. Be Organised
It is hard to be productive when you can’t see your desk through piles of paper and empty coffee mugs. Make a point of keeping your workspace organised at all times. Add shelves for files and storage for miscellaneous items. A tidy desk equals a tidy mind.
4. Good Lighting
Lighting is very important for a home office. Natural light is best because it reduces eyestrain, but don’t position your desk where the sunlight hits the monitor screen, or you will be squinting for hours. If you don’t get much natural light in your home office area, buy a couple of desk lamps and full-spectrum light bulbs. Don’t forget to include directional lighting, so you can work on documents or other close tasks without straining your eyes.
5. Enjoy a Change of Scenery
Sometimes a change of scenery is good for us. If you are struggling to concentrate and the weather is nice, pack up your laptop and head into the garden for a few hours. Alternatively, go to your local coffee shop and take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi.
If all else fails and you just can’t concentrate, go for a walk to clear your mind. Exercise is important, and we all need a break from work from time to time.
Do you think we missed out any tips? What would you add to the list? Your thoughts and comments below please...