Many individuals want a dedicated area in their houses where they can concentrate and complete their tasks; they want, in other words, a home office. Not everyone has the chance to have a room all to themselves, but if you can do this, you’ll need to ensure it’s decorated in just the right way.
If you want to design a home office that you’ll really like working in and that fits in with the rest of your house or apartment (and life), you’ll need to consider your decoration choices. You may not initially think that establishing an aesthetic you like at your workplace should be a top work-life goal. However, designing a home office in a way that you like is very effective. With this in mind, it’s worthwhile to invest some effort into designing your home office. To get you started, read on.
It might be that you’re very organized in terms of what you do day to day; you’ve arranged for a PO box with web access, you’ve got a work schedule in place, and you take regular breaks, for example. Perhaps you even make your lunch the night before. However, you also need to ensure that your home office is just as organized as you are.
Home offices can quickly become disorganized. Before you start stockpiling drawer organizers and file cabinets, consider how you personally organize. What works nicely in the rest of your home for you? Why purchase a file cabinet for your home office if you’re already in the habit of scanning receipts and storing things digitally? Why buy a pen cup if you just have one favorite pen that you usually use? Don’t be tempted by the marketing about office organization. You have the freedom to design your own workplace, so make sure you do things in a manner that will benefit you in the long run.
Cut Cord Clutter
One of the worst things about workplaces in our digital era is the electronic clutter that collects. You definitely need your computer and printer, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend all day staring at their tangle of wires. Take some measures to keep your home office cord-free. Make a hole at the rear of a pretty box. Your router and other essential technology can be housed there, with cables running out the rear. Install a power strip beneath or behind your desk. Use cable ties and command hooks to corral any wires that get plugged into that power strip and feed them around the back of furniture, out of sight. You’ll be surprised at how easily eliminating the eyesore of cables can make your workplace seem clean and bright.
Light It Properly
Offices are well-known for their harsh lighting, particularly fluorescents. Why do workplaces often use sterile, chilly lighting that makes you feel like you’re being examined under a microscope? Because they understand one fundamental work principle: adequate illumination makes work easier.
The problem is, we already strain our eyes by looking at screens for the majority of the day. When you have plenty of choice at home, don’t aggravate the situation by restricting illumination in your home office. Utilize natural light as much as possible, but supplement when it falls short. A pleasant, productive workplace is one that is well-lit.
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