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Please note: If you are a laptop-at-the-kitchen-table person and can be productive that way, I see and applaud you, but this post might not be for you 🙂
For the rest of us, setting up a designated office area is a must. In THIS POST, I mention how the brain registers places/rooms. It’s definitely worth a look if you’re curious as to why I think this is important.
Having an area dedicated to working will help your brain to separate workspace from leisure space.
To set up an effective home office environment, there are two things to consider and two helpful tips.
They will help you discover some of best practices of home office setup.
Consider: How long will you be working from home?
First things first: is working from home a short term or long term thing for you?
Setting up an entire office spot might be unnecessary if it’s just temporary. Perhaps just investing in the essentials might be your best bet.
Maybe a small desk that you can repurpose later? I do love a good creative repurpose. When Mini outgrew her crib, it was repurposed as her desk (we painted a piece of particle board with chalk paint as the “desktop”).
If your budget allows it or your job is willing to help you out to alleviate costs, it could be worth setting up a permanent home office.
That would be super helpful if you decide to pursue a home business in the future.
What supplies will you need?
At the very least, you will need a laptop or a desktop. I would suggest keeping it separate from your personal computer. You’re also going to need a desk or table.
If you are not considering a permanent home office, you can use the dining room table or a makeshift bedroom office. Some suggestions: an ironing board or a foldaway table.
A solid internet connection and online security is a MUST. Your office may provide you with the security, but you will need your own internet connection.
Aim for max Natural light
Natural light isn’t always an option when you’re stuck in a cubicle, but you’re home now so you have options.
Natural sunlight can brighten your mood and boost productivity. A study on Medical News Today states that sunlight helps produce beta-endorphins, which boost your mood and help you feel more alert.
Try to set up shop in the part of your home which sees the most daylight or consider investing in a daylight bulb. They are designed to replicate natural daylight.
Focus on yOUR comfort
Your home office should be a comfortable place that invites and encourages you to work. A chair with back support is always a good idea. As someone with back issues, I can attest to that. It is a good investment. If you’re uncomfortable, there’s a big chance you’re not going to get much work done.
Another suggestion: put your “why” on your wall as a reminder of why you do what you do.
Surround yourself with things that make you happiest, such as family photos, simple holiday decorations, wall art, awards, and plants/flowers.
Whether you’re setting up a permanent or temporary home office, protect your sanity by making sure it’s both quiet and comfortable to work in, as well as having everything you need within reach.
Your productivity will thank you.