Having a home office sure sounds like a great thing. The possibility to work from the coziness of your home and to have lunch breaks in your own kitchen is difficult to outdo. Still, in order for the home office to have a real significance is to make it a productive work environment. There are a few design tips on how to do that:
Organize your office desk drawers
This isn’t just about keeping your office desk clean and tidy (which is a must!), it also means you need to organize the things in your drawers according to frequency of their use. Determine what are the things you need every day for a couple of times or even more – these are the things that you should keep in the top drawer, for quick and easy access. Use the same strategy for the rest of the drawers, going your way down with the things you rarely need.
Manage the annoying cables
Cables coming from the computer, printer and desk lamps can really create a mess in the office. A few clamps and zip ties, PVC pipe or a drawer pull are a cheap way of getting them under control. Another way is to creatively display the cables if you can’t hide all of them. You just need to come up with a cool pattern. In any case, don’t let all of those wires distract you from the real work.
Add a touch of nature in your home office
Having plants in a room isn’t just about having to take care of watering it. Plants not only decorate the office, preventing it from looking cold and sterile but also help reduce stress and increase happiness. When you’re choosing the right plants, choose the ones that are easy to grow and take care of and the ones that help clean the air most. Plants belonging to both groups are dracaena, ficus and Boston fern. Of course, you can always ask somebody for additional advice.
Pay attention to your office lighting
Natural light is the best solution if it’s achievable. It enhances your productivity and improves your sleeping, according to some scientific studies. And it beats any other source of lighting simply because it’s – natural. So, don’t hide the office windows with heavy dark curtains or an office closet. Better yet, try to get as many benefits as you can from the windows. You can consider window tinting. Not only does it look decorative and gives you privacy without having to use curtains, but it also reduces glare, protects from UV light and keeps the warmth inside the office during winter, while it keeps the heat out during summer.
Create space for brainstorming
Even though you spend most of your time at a desk, chances are you won’t get most of the great ideas while you are sitting at it. That’s why you need to install space for getting creative ideas only. For some people, this space is a comfy couch where they can lie down. For others, it’s a standing desk and a simple whiteboard for their notes and sketches. In the end, it can just be a plain pinboard to put quick notes and ideas on. Whatever works for you, you just need to find out what it is.
Ergonomic optimization of your workspace
If you are destined to do most of your work sitting at your desk, then you’ll probably eventually start to feel the disadvantages of spending your day is this position. The possible solution would be getting a standing desk. This really works for some people. Still, if you are not one of them, then make sure that the height of your office desk and chair, as well as the comfort of the chair, are ergonomically optimized. There are also guides on how to sit properly at a desk, which is actually something most of us don’t know how to do.
Make your home office a personal and warm space
One of the big advantages of having a home office should not be ignored – the possibility of making your office a warm and cozy space that inspires you and motivates you to do your best. This can be easily achieved by the choice of colors on the walls. Color psychology says that shades of orange or yellow are the best ones for energizing you at work. Boring or dark colors are not right for the working environment. Your productivity will be higher if you add your personal touch to the room, whatever it may be.
Creating a productive home office is an ongoing job. You will definitely be making changes while actually working and discovering what works for you and what doesn’t. Start with the easier steps and slowly move on to the big ones, you’ll see the improvement.
Steven Clarke is a business consultant/DIY enthusiast. He is currently advising window tinting companies in Liverpool area of Sydney. In his spare time he likes to write about his ideas and share them with the world. Steven is a regular contributor to several websites.