Creating a working space at home can be very useful since it’s becoming more and more common to take work home, or even work full-time from home. If you’re a teacher, accountant, web designer, or if you work in many other fields that require work from home, you’re in the right place. We’ll guide you through the process, and give you many useful tips for setting up a working space at home, so read on.
1. Assess Your Working Space Needs
First, you need to think about the work you do and adjust your working space accordingly. Different jobs require different setups, and we can’t give you that specific advice because everyone’s doing something else. Only you know what kind of equipment you need, for example. If you’re a web designer or developer, you probably need a powerful desktop, and a proper monitor setup (one big computer screen, or two smaller screens, etc.).
Those who need to print many documents should get a printer at home, and so on. You should also think about the space you need, i.e. how much of it is necessary. Knowing that will help you determine which room in your house you can turn into a working space. Finally, think about the noise, the surroundings, whether or not you want to be close to the kitchen, etc.
2. Use Whatever Is at Your Disposal
You don’t exactly need an office space at your home, as long as you make it functional. Your study can be a multi-purpose room, where you work, but also relax in the downtime. However, if you have the luxury of dedicating a whole room to your working space, do it. Then, when you sit there you’ll feel like you’re at work, and you will become more productive.
If you can get a nice office chair and desk, it will help you in the long run. However, you can also use the chairs and a spare desk that you already have. Your main goal should be making yourself comfortable so you can work in a relaxed environment, without any distractions.
Speaking of, you probably shouldn’t make a working space out of your living or entertainment rooms. Try to only keep the electronics you need for work in your home office. In other words, keep away from your TV, gaming console, or other distracting objects.
3. Put an Emphasis on Convenience
By now, you have probably caught on the reoccurring theme in this article, and that is to keep things comfortable. If you manage to create a cozy, tucked-in working space, you’ll make it feel enjoyable and fun. When you feel like that in an office, you are bound to be productive and efficient.
Comfort can mean a lot of different things. Someone keeps a coffee machine in their home office, while others have many blankets and throws. Setting the right temperature is also an important factor. If your circulation is not the best and you’re cold all the time, the mentioned items can make a huge difference and raise your productivity. On the other hand, some people are hot all the time, and they can make use of a fan or an AC in their working space.
4. It’s a Trial-and-Error Process
Note that you won’t be able to nail your working space set up the first time you do it. This takes some trial and error, meaning that the first time you start working from home, you’ll experience how it’s like. Some people enjoy working at home, while others prefer going to the office. If your office is your home, you can easily get distracted from work and procrastinate.
That’s why you need to keep this space professional, and only keep the necessary items in this dedicated working space. With time, you’ll notice the things that bother you, e.g. background noise, or even the lack of noise. If you can listen to some music while you’re working, consider making a relaxing or upbeat playlist to set the mood.
Some general tips for all home workers are to always keep hydrated, and work in a well-lit room. Since you’ll be sitting a lot, try to move around every hour or so. This will help your blood flow, and prevent any cramps. You can do some light stretching too. Some people even like to keep some workout equipment in their office space, as it helps them stay productive and full of energy.
You’ve heard about the most important elements of working from home. Now you can make the perfect working space based on your needs and the type of work you do. Remember to regularly switch things up if they are not working out for you. In no time, you’ll be happy with the results and start to enjoy working from home.