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How to Create the Perfect Home Office

  • 2 years ago
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One of the biggest drivers for house moves in recent years has been the need for a home office. If you’re planning to move soon and you’re set on having a home office, here’s how you do it right.

Bring in as much natural lighting as possible

Having lots of daylight in your home office will help you to feel awake and energised, as well as maintain your circadian rhythm so you get a good night’s sleep after your labours. Lots of sunlight in your office also helps to keep your vitamin D levels up and your energy consumption down.

Find the quietest spot in the house

Unless you live alone, or are alone during working hours, you’ll need to set up your office in the quietest spot in the property so that you’re less likely to be disturbed by noise and interruptions. Of all the design and location factors that will help you to work effectively, the location of your office is the most important.

Use the right colours

The colours in your home office matter. Too bright and you might feel restless and distracted, too muted or dark and you might feel sleepy and uninspired. The best colours for a home office are a combination of light blues and greens, with accents of off-white and maybe some dark grey or earthy browns.

Select ergonomic furniture

Workplaces have a legal duty to provide employees with chairs, keyboards and desks which won’t lead to discomfort or even repetitive strain injuries. You owe it to yourself to make sure that you provide you with the same. Choosing ergonomic furniture will help you to maintain productivity and focus, as well as promote overall wellbeing and good posture.

Make it personal

Although your home office is, well, in your home, you might forget to personalise it. You might also think it’s a good idea to make a more impersonal space so you don’t feel as if you’re at home. You can, however, add a few personal touches, just as you would do if you were in a regular office, to help you to get through the day. 

These touches could be family photos, a special coffee mug or a print by your favourite artist; just as long as you feel welcomed and inspired by your working space every day. 

Avoid all distractions

Distractions don’t just come in human form – you might find yourself sidetracked by watching the news, or flicking through YouTube. You might also find the demands of a puppy or determined cat too much to handle. It’s important that your home office doesn’t have an easily-accessible TV or games console and that any domestic animals can’t just come gambling in.

Use smart storage solutions

You need to install storage even before you plug in your laptop to charge. Having all the right spaces for your equipment, files and books means that you’re not walking into chaos every morning. You’ll be able to find what you need when you need it and not feel overwhelmed by cascading papers and lost pens.

 

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