There are nearly 9.8 million people that can call their home more than a place to live; it’s also their office. With so many companies moving their employees towards working from home temporarily and permanently, it’s critical to know how to create an efficient home office.
The right home office space allows you to be more productive and can inspire better work every day or, at the very least, it gives you a place to work outside of your bed. If you don’t have the extra space to dedicate an entire room to become a home office, that’s fine too. There are easy steps that you can take to create an area that will help with staying organized, reducing distractions, and encourage focusing on your work. Here are five tips for doing that.
Start with the Right Equipment
Furnishing your space doesn’t mean you have to spring for an entire office setup. At home, there are three items to always make sure you have. They are a comfortable ergonomically designed chair, a desk with sufficient space and storage for your needs, and a computer that has the right amount of memory and processing power for the job. Remember, it’s not just about how your office looks but how it performs.
Get the Light Right
Proper lighting doesn’t just help you see better, although that’s a huge benefit. It also boosts your mood and makes you more productive. Invest in the kind of lighting that you love. A stylish lamp makes for excellent office décor, but it should also be bright enough for your space.
Lack of organization equals a lack of productivity and some potentially embarrassing moments when logging onto video calls. If you want to make the most of working remotely, then you need to organize your space. That might mean using hanging files so you can maximize the walls in a small area or adding shelves. Always consider how you can add items vertically if you’re challenged for space. If you’re under a time crunch and can’t dive into an organizational project right now, consider using specialty backgrounds for your calls on Zoom or Google Meet. They’re a great way to hide your space, add a little color to your call, and even test out how you may feel about adding new furniture to your office.
Surrounding yourself with nature can help improve your focus and mental outlook, so make sure you include some plants in your workspace. If your home office contains a window that lets you look at nature, that’s even better.
Separate Your Professional and Personal Life
When you work from home, it’s easy to let the lines blur. You may end up working too long or putting off work to do chores around the house. Design your work area specifically for work and the rest of your home for you. Set specific office hours to help keep your boundaries.
When you’re ready to create a home office space, CORT Furniture Rental can help you find everything from desks and chairs to shelving and lighting. Discover how we can transform your corner into a corner office.