6 Ways to Make Your Home Office Work Better for You
Looking for ways to optimise your home office set-up?
Now that working from home has become the new norm, and will probably stay that way for the foreseeable future, this might be the perfect time to make some simple but smart adjustments to make your home office work for you.
Whether you live alone, with a family or share with flatmates, these useful tips might come in handy to set up your home office sanctuary so you don’t lose your sanity while living a socially-distanced lifestyle.
None of us could have foreseen the great pandemic of 2020, but now that socially-distanced living and working from home have become the new norm, the best we can do is to adapt to these new circumstances by making the best of our living conditions.
If you’re one of the many who’ve had to adjust to home working, we’ve put together these 6 simple but smart tips for you to create a home office space that keeps you focused, inspired, and productive throughout your workday.
#1 Visualise Your Ideal Home Office
When you picture your ideal home office, what do you see, smell, hear or feel? You might not be able to recreate it exactly, but first, you need to have a mental image and goal to work towards. If, for example, you imagine feasting your eyes on scenic views while you work, you could set the mood with beautiful landscape art prints.
The prints could also serve as personal motivation: when the pandemic finally subsides and you can travel again, you could go on an extended trip to explore the natural wonders of Ireland such as the magnificent Cliffs of Moher you’ve always dreamt of seeing!
The objective: to start with a list of ideal elements you’d like to have in your home office. From there, you can make a plan and start ticking off the boxes.
#2 Comfort First
It’s easy to overlook the importance of the basics such as the right chair and table, but workspace ergonomics play an important role in ensuring a healthy working environment. If you’re going to be sitting (or standing) for a few hours at a time, having a chair with good lumbar support or an easily adjustable standing table could make a world of difference.
Other factors to consider include the right height and posture for typing, a headset with mic for answering calls while keying in data, a well-ventilated space with good lighting to reduce eyestrain, and a clean and organised desk where things are placed within easy reach.
Having a practical workspace is just as important as the right decor and aesthetics.
#3 Get Rid of the Mess
Clutter is more than just an eyesore, it also affects our stress and anxiety levels in the long run. Mess builds up over time, causing dust to accumulate which can aggravate respiratory conditions and pollute your indoor air quality.
By getting rid of the mess, you’ll automatically feel lighter, have a clearer mind, and start breathing easier. Top top it off, a clean workspace equals more free space, which leads to a conducive environment for creativity and fresh ideas.
#4 Create Your Ideal Working Ambiance
Scented candles, soothing green succulents and fresh flowers, captivating prints to add a spot of colour, uplifting tunes on your Spotify playlist: there are a myriad of ways to infuse the right energy and vibe into your home office for that ideal working ambiance.
Your home office, your rules. If it brings you joy, go for it.
#5 Make It Zoom-Friendly
Now that virtual meetings are a part of our work-from-home lives for the foreseeable future, you’ll want to make sure that your home office is Zoom-friendly for those video calls. This means ensuring a pleasant background behind you, whether it’s a neat and tidy bookcase or a well-furnished space.
In case of emergencies however, there’s always the digital option to use a virtual background.
#6 Keep Distractions at Bay
Working from home comes with a number of perks but one can easily get sidetracked by the many distractions that lie in wait. From binge-watching the latest season of The Crown to indulging your cat’s constant demands for attention, it’s easy to lose track of your day.
Having a dedicated home office space keeps the home versus work boundaries clear. The moment you step into your home office, you know it’s time to buckle down and get to work.
Simple actions like keeping your door closed will tell flatmates or family members that you don’t wish to be disturbed and keep nosy cats out. It’s all about setting ground rules and creating a consistent working rhythm.
Whether you love working from home or find it a daunting challenge, it’s something most of us will have to live with for the foreseeable future. Why not take the opportunity to create your ideal home office so your work-from-home days can be more enjoyable and fulfilling?