Working from home can be both a blessing and a curse, depending on how you go about it. One of, if not the most important piece of the puzzle is certainly the physical layout of your workspace. That alone can make all the difference when it comes to workflow and productivity, not to mention yourmood, which for a woman is a part of the functionality. Therefore, in order to make the most of the privilege of working from home, you should set up your home office with due care and great attention to detail. If you do it properly the first time and make a practical, comfortable and functional home office, you will have made a place where your best will always be at the tip of your fingers.
Survey and Assess
The easiest thing to do is to clean up a corner in the house, squeeze in a desk, a computer chair and a computer and call it a temporary home office. The wisest thing to do is to carefully consider the layout of your home before making the decision where you will set up your home office. A good choice of location makes all the difference. Don’t be stingy on the space. After all, you’ll likely spend many hours in there. Also, consider your work habits. Are you used to working with distractions, or you need silence and peace to concentrate? If you will have clients over, you will require private space with suitable seating arrangements.
Functionality above All
Again, it is vital you carefully consider what you need and want to have in your home office before setting it up. It is all too easy to just go into a store, buy some nice furniture and decorations and leave the thinking about how you’ll fit it all in for later. It is advisable you draw up a diagram of your work office before you consider opening your wallet for the furniture, as this will ensure all of the space is used in the best possible way.
It is also a good idea to make a list of everything you will require, as that will help you to make a realistic budget assessment.
Mind the Chair
Although it is an obvious point, many people manage to neglect the importance of a good, comfortable computer chair, which is almost ridiculous for anyone spending long hours behind the desk. A good, comfortable chair will be worth every dime. Be sure to try it before you buy it, not just pick something that looks good and ergonomically correct on the internet.
Do you use a printer, scanner or require more than one monitor? Obviously, the requirements in terms of equipment largely depend on you line of work, which is why you should carefully list every piece of equipment you will need beforehand. If you require additional cables, wireless access points, phone lines or something else, all ofthat needs to be taken into consideration before you set about shaping your future workplace.
Give Yourself a View
Anyone who had the displeasure of working with only a bland, dreary wall too look at knows how stereotypically depressing that can get. You have the chance to do whatever you want, so just forget about proper and conventional and feel free to go nuts with the colors. You like red? Red it up as much as you like. If you are not sure about the color but you know you don’t want hospital blue or office beige, look up some of the painting ideas on the internet. Green might be a great choice to make you more creative, say scientists.
In addition to livening up you environment through use of stimulating colors, you should place your desk so you can see the window or, better yet, a terrace while you are working. If for whatever reason that is not possible, make sure you put up a poster, a painting or a photo so you have something more interesting to look at than a wall, however interestingly painted it may be.
Approaching the job of setting up your home office systematically is the only way to tailor everything to your needs and preferences. Think of it as any other job that needs to be done properly and do your best to make the place you’ll spend a lot of time in as functional and comfortable as it can be.