You might have a full time working from home job, or you may be cramming in a few extra hours after your regular 9-5, maybe you’re a budding photographer or blogger or maybe you just need somewhere to keep all your files and important documents. Whatever you need a home office for, it’s so much more than just shoving a desk into the spare room.
If you really want the room to be the productivity hub you had in mind, then you’re going to need the best set up possible. The pitfalls are much more problematic than tangled wires and the printer not playing ball, meaning it can be difficult to know where to start! But don’t worry – here you’ll find a few tips and tricks on how to create your perfect home office.
Let’s face it, you’re not going to get much work done if your desk is wobbling and your chair gives you back ache after a mere ten minutes of sitting in it! If you’re serious about working from home, then your office furniture needs to reflect that. So, it’s time to invest. Check out furniture stores like Danetti to see what suits you best. Having a comfortable seat is also good for your back and posture and having nice new pieces to enjoy as you work from them will boost your productivity!
Make your space enjoyable
If you’ve ever worked in a company office then you’ll know that things are usually very plain, very sterile and regimented; there isn’t much room for personalisation in a huge corporate company. But you’re in your office now – so bring it on!
Make the home office somewhere you’re going to enjoy spending time in. The same rules for home decoration and design apply here. Frame some of your favourite album covers or print some of your children’s hilarious quotes and have them framed too! It’s your space, so you can make it completely personal and special to you – without a manager breathing down your neck!
Manage the distractions
So, you’re in a comfy chair, surrounded by things you love and enjoy…you can just pop onto Facebook for five minutes, right? The next thing you know you’re watching cat videos on YouTube…sound familiar? The best way to make your home office productive and a pleasant place to be is to remove as many distractions as possible. Place your phone on the other side of the room, install parental controls on your computer if you have to! Block all social media on your working computer to avoid temptation!
If you work from home while your children are present, then you really are at their mercy. It can be difficult for them to understand why mummy “can’t play” or “won’t pick me up” Try to structure your work around naps and meal times, sometimes evenings or even early mornings are when most work gets done interrupted! See what works best for you and your little ones.