Imagine waking up in the morning, making a cup of coffee and walking into the office in your pajamas. Working without a dress code, uncomfortable shoes, noise from other coworkers and daily commute is a dream come true for so many people, probably including you as well, and if that’s what you’re looking for, working from home is the best option for you. In order to be creative and productive at home, however, you’ll need to set up a home office that is going to allow you to finish all your tasks on time. There are a lot of challenges with the distractions that can cause delays and prevent you from getting things done, so you should think about effective ways to be sure your business will always be successful. Just follow these simple instructions and you’ll be able to work and find some free time to enjoy your hobbies.
Separate workspace from living space
Creating a dedicated work zone will help you focus on your work without the constant interruption from your family, so find a quiet place where you’ll have enough room and set up your office there. Being away from possible distractions like the TV, kitchen and bedroom will prevent you from watching your favorite show, taking too many breaks and having a nap. If you have enough room, try physically separating your working and living areas with a wall or two, but, on the other hand, if you live in a small house, you have to be creative and work with what you have. That means that creating an office in your bedroom, living room or even kitchen – wherever you find a place to set up a table and a chair will do and you’ll just have to be more focused.
The layout plan
It’s all about the layout and where you decide to place your essentials. Of course, the main things you’ll need are a desk and a chair and there are plenty of possibilities to explore. Finding comfortable furniture which will prevent serious health problems is the most important things, but don’t forget that you need to decide where you’ll position it and that has to do with factors like natural light, electrical outlets and additional seating areas. This all depends on your working style and the things you want to include in your home office. To make it more personal, add some cozy rugs that will make your home office more sophisticated and personal, add a dash of style to it and also make it more comfortable. Besides that, find a space near your desk and install a storage space which will help you be more organized on a daily level and have your essentials close by. If you like to make plans, a bulletin board is perfect for the wall near your chair – and you’ll always have it by your side.
Let in the light
When picking a spot for your home office, make sure to find a place where you’ll have enough natural light because it’s definitely the best lighting choice for your eyes. If you don’t have enough windows in your office, just add different types of lighting to be sure you won’t be working in the dark. You have three choices when it comes to choosing your light fixtures: using regular bulbs or trendy Edison models – both of which provide soothing light – or, alternatively, LED bulbs, which are especially great for those who like bright light. This sustainable and powerful option will also prevent you from constantly changing bulbs given that they have more endurance than regular ones. Just sit behind your desk and see where you need to position light sources and be sure to have enough light in your workspace area. In the end, don’t forget to place a lamp on your desk, and thus prepare yourself for all that late-night work that awaits you.
Include powerful devices
You can save money on a lot of things in your office, but your computer and Internet access are the things you shouldn’t be afraid to invest some money into. When it comes to choosing the best computer, you need to take into consideration the type of work you’ll be doing. You basically have two options – either you’ll go for a powerful desktop computer and invest in a big screen, or you’ll find a great laptop you could take everywhere with you. Apart from that, a strong Internet connection is a must since you’ll be doing most of your job online. That is why high-speed Internet access will help you get the work done and forget all the frustration caused by a bad connection. After a while, it’ll come a time to get a router, which can be extremely beneficial if you decide to have more than one computer. This will also be necessary if you decide to change your workstation and decide to start taking a break in your garden every once in a while.
Whatever you do – from running a successful business to writing a blog – having an office will help you concentrate, focus on the work and do what needs to be done every single day. Working from home can be exhausting sometimes and you may feel stressed working from sunrise to sunset, but you don’t have to compromise. All you need to do is follow the items and principles mentioned here and your work will be done in no time at all!
*** This Guest Post was from Emma B. Joyce ***
Emma B. Joyce is blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic.
Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task.
She is a regular contributor on Smooth Decorator.