Home Office Planning Tips that Rock Your Workspace!
Your home office is your Star Ship Enterprise! Set it up to maximize productivity and success!
The ideal home office provides comfort, privacy, and an organized workspace. A little planning and preparation will let you make the most of what you've got. It's worth the time and effort it takes to get it right: once you start work, any shortcuts or oversights at this stage can have a huge impact on your productivity!
Scope out Your Space
The first step in setting up your home office is understanding any space limitations. Scope out your area, measure it, and make a drawing representing how much room you have along each wall and the location of doors and windows. If you have a clear handle on the dimensions, it is easier to shop for the components that will make up your workspace, including furniture, whiteboards, and other items. It's a lot more prudent to know if a particular desk or wall unit will fit in its new location when you order rather than eyeballing it and being disappointed when it doesn't fit upon delivery.
Decide on a Budget
When it comes to home office furniture and equipment, there are many different price points to consider. While it's a good idea to buy quality items that will last for years to come, it's also good to set a budget and stay within its parameters. Determine what you can spend, and look for ways to stay within your limits. Planning carefully and putting your money where it matters most will get you the most bang for your buck.
Choose a Desk
The main focus of your home office will likely be your desk, so select it with care. As desks go, "big" is invariably good since it gives you room to spread out and get stuff done. However, space constraints may limit the size of the desk you choose. Consider a corner table for truly small offices, or one that includes a hutch on top for storage if you have no room for shelving. Look for a desk with drawers to keep files nearby and ready for use, and go for a desk with supply drawers to help you organize your essentials. A pull-out keyboard drawer can free up your desktop for other items. Other things you must pay attention to: check the legroom to make sure it gives you some wiggle space, and opt for hidden storage for your computer tower to save even more space.
Find Comfortable Seating
One of the most important basics, your office chair, will have a big part in determining how comfortable you are while you work - and thus, how productive. If you have a minimal amount to invest in your space, splurging on your chair is sound advice. After all, if your chair is not comfortable, how can you stay focused and on point?
Ideally, your office chair should support your body in an ergonomically correct position so that you ensure you don't compromise comfort for the spine while you work. Gadget Review calls the Embody Chair by Herman Miller the top office chair of 2016. This high-tech chair offers a specialized dynamic matrix of pixels in its back that reduces pressure on the body as you work, stimulating the flow of oxygen and blood. It also automatically adjusts to your back when you sit, and its makers say that users see a reduction in blood pressure and stress just from sitting on it.
Consider the lighting in your office before setup. Different tasks call for different lighting types; bright overhead lighting may be more conducive to drafting, while non-glaring lights are necessary if you plan to work at your computer a lot. Adjustable lighting is ideal since you can change your lighting to match your specific needs. Determine which type of lighting is best for your office, and also think about supplemental lighting for times when overhead lighting might be too much. A good desk lamp goes a long way towards creating a welcoming ambiance when the bright LEDs overhead are making you look forward to quitting time.
Create a Comfort Zone
Although your office is a place to work, creating a comfort zone for breaks that don't take you out of your work area is an excellent finishing touch to your office. A reading corner where you can enjoy a quiet cup of coffee in the afternoon is a nice addition. You stay focused on the job at hand when you don't wander too far away from your desk. Make it a spot that's inductive to relaxation, perhaps with a comfy armchair, table, and lamp. A few potted plants or even a beta fish bowl add an inviting vibe to your comfort zone area.
Planning your home office is partly about efficiency, partly about creating an atmosphere that keeps you comfortable. No matter how you set up your home office, keep it personal. Having your office feel like home while still emitting a professional feel can help you be happier with your work-from-home career, which in turn improves productivity and job satisfaction.