With a few more distractions than you’d have in the office, working at home is certainly a challenge and one that shouldn’t be underestimated. Between the lure of your TV and the unquestionable cuteness of your pets, there is a lot that can distract you from the work at hand.
The key is to focus on setting up a home office that helps you get in the zone. With that in mind, we’re going to give you a lesson in home office setup that you’ll never forget. Take a look!
What’s the most important thing when setting up an office at home?
What should you prioritise first? When setting up a home office, you need to be able to block out distractions. Your home office setup can help you avoid distractions in a number of ways…
- Make it as difficult as possible to fall back asleep
Ideally, your home office should be as far away from your bed as possible. If you cannot resist the call of a ‘quick snooze’, it will be a lot harder to find yourself back under the covers if you have to physically leave the room.
2. Get rid of the clutter and any unnecessary items
Back in the office, you’ll probably have a few trinkets here and there which is the norm. At home, there’s less of a need for that kind of thing so it’s best to keep your workspace clutter-free. Less clutter, fewer distractions!
3. Find as much natural light as possible
Natural light is proven to boost alertness and, therefore, productivity so it’s a good idea to have your workspace near a window (as long as you’re not gazing out of it the whole time, of course!).
Home office setup tips
Now that you can effectively block out distractions, we’re going to give you some cover-all-bases home office setup ideas with which you can get the perfect setup. Take a look!
Get your inventory in order (and invest in good stationery!)
You need the right tools for the job. This means getting some of the equipment that you’d have back in the office. Everything from staplers to a working printer! Also, a reliable internet connection, a comfortable chair, a filing system, and general office supplies.
Separate work from home
When the lines blur between work and home, you need a routine that helps keep them distinctly separate. Go for a walk before you start work, maybe? Or, simply enjoy coffee and breakfast in a different part of your home before you start working. It will help compartmentalise your working day so that you can rest when it’s time to ‘clock out’.
Consider a standing desk
We know what you’re thinking, “standing desks are just a fad, right?”. Well, bear with us. There has been loads of research that supports the positive effects of standing desks on productivity, and as we’re spending more time at home lately, we need all the exercise we can get.
Add some greenery
Lots of houseplants actually purify the air, so you can’t go wrong with a bit of greenery in your workspace. Not only do they add a welcome splash of colour, they’ll improve even the most sterile and grey workspaces.
Organise your wires
Since the dawn of time, messy wires have been the bane of our existence. We’re overstating things, but it’s definitely an annoyance you can do without in your home office. Get some cable ties and sort your wires out.
Dedicate another area of your home for creative ideation
If you work in a particularly creative field, you might want to come away from your desk to get your creative juices flowing. Of course, it depends on the individual and if you can come up with ideas staying at your desk then more power to you.
Get creative with your workspace
Talking of creativity, you may find some joy in updating the decor of your home office. If you’re particularly crafty, custom foam is something you’ll want to explore. Whether you use it as part of your electronic device storage or, more creatively, as a crafty piece of wall art, there are so many possibilities.
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