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If like me you work from home or do part of your job from home then it makes sense to set out a room or section within a room to use as an office space. I currently working in the living room but would ideally have a separate room. Somewhere I can lock myself in and escape the kids when they’re home 😂. It’s much easier to get work done when your workspace is organised and tidy.
The room decor can influence the mind and affect productivity. It works better for rooms on the smaller side to keep it neutral with light greys and magnolias. These colours help make a room feel larger and look brighter and as a consequence allow the user to feel more relaxed and focused. A few bold colours positioned around the room can work well but don’t overdo it. The last thing you want is a cluttered room as this affects productivity.
Investing in a good quality chair is good for your back and is perfect when you have to sit for long periods. It‘s worth shopping around to find the right one for you. Sitting in an uncomfortable chair can create bad posture and aches and pains, so it’s worth spending the time finding a model that suits you personally. Alternatively, a lower cost option is to consider a specialist cushion to help keep you sitting correctly. Make sure you have suitable storage for paperwork and any other work-related items you will require.
It’s important to do your research to make sure you find a suitable computer. For me, a PC works well but my friend found a Mac more suitable for her needs. Of course, when using a computer for work you need to ensure you have the correct protection. It’s so easy to open a link accidentally and end up with a computer virus especially when the kiddies like to use the computer too. Although it’s less likely that Apple computers will get viruses, it is still possible. My friend added Windows Defender for Mac to prevent viruses and hijacking. I opted for Norton for my pc and it seems to be working well. Whatever type of computer you do use it is essential to make sure you have the correct protection.
It helps to have a range of useful accessories easily accessible to make work run as efficiently and smoothly as possible. A desk tidy with pens, markers, folders, a stapler, etc. can be helpful. I find having my own just for my work helpful so I don’t need to search around and try to guess where the husband or children may have left something. The last thing I need when I have a deadline is to play hide and seek with the office stationery. As it’s a home office we have the option to display personal photos or items with a sentimental value around but there is a risk of the space then becoming cluttered. Plants make a nice addition to a room and can break up an otherwise stark looking space. In fact, research shows that having plants around you whilst you work can make you feel happier and make you more productive (by 15%).
What would you include in a home office to help you work better?
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