There are numerous advantages to working from home as much as possible, including a (mostly) casual wardrobe, more time for you, and a lower carbon footprint.
However, to reap all of these benefits, you need to create a workspace that works for you. We’re going to show you how to do that right now.
Where should your home office go?
Ideally, your home office should be in a room that doesn’t get used a lot. If people are in during your working hours, you’ll keep getting distracted, and even if they’re out until you clock off, it’s a major effort to pack away your workspace every night and set it up again every morning. This means that the living room, kitchen, and other communal spaces should be counted out.
It’s also not a great idea to set up your office in your bedroom. First, it might be hard to motivate yourself if your bed is just inches away from your desk. (No, you shouldn’t work from your bed. Not even if you think it’ll be comfier. It won’t.) Second, seeing your desk from your bed can stop you from getting a good night’s sleep.
If you have a spare room, that would be an ideal location. You could potentially invest in a second-hand sofa bed for occasional guests or, if you already have a bed in there, remove the covers and the quilt until you have a visitor. (You’re less likely to take a “quick” nap on a bare mattress.)
If you don’t have a spare room, why not build one? To be clear, a brick and mortar extension would likely cost too much and take too long to make it viable, but www.qualitysteelsheds.co.uk creates customised metal sheds in the UK, which are easy and quick to build. They can be the perfect space to set up a home office, without sacrificing indoor space or risking constant interruptions.
What else would your office space need?
- Ventilation for fresh air
- Temperature of about 18 to 20 °C, possibly higher if you prefer it warmer
- Natural light, which aids sleep and productivity
- Space to get creative and mind map away from a desk
- Storage space (potentially lots if you have an online store)
How should you decorate your home office?
The simple answer is, however you like. It’s time to create a space that shows off your personality, stimulates your creativity, and increases your efficiency. Bright colours, like red, yellow, and orange can make you feel more energetic, so try to incorporate those as much as possible.
What equipment should you have in your home office?
This largely depends on what your job is, but some basics apply to everyone:
- Comfortable well-fitting chair with back, thigh, and arm support
- Second computer monitor (it makes tasks easier because you don’t have to flit between programmes)
- Mechanical keyboard to make typing more comfortable
- Gaming mouse, which is designed to be comfortable after hours of use, that fits your hand properly
- Standing desk extender, which will allow you to alternate between standing and sitting as you wish
- Easy to care for plants, which are said to increase productivity by up to 15%, and increase oxygen levels
- Cable tidies, to avoid the back on the desk looking like a nest of snakes
- Wifi extender, if you aren’t getting a reliable signal and can’t move the router to your office
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If you’re interested in keeping costs low and doing your bit for the environment, search for second-hand office supplies locally. They could be on a local Trash Nothing group, in a charity shop, or even sold online from an office clearance company. For specialist tech, if you can’t get your employer to pay for it, you can find great deals on refurbished items that are just a couple of years old.
Also, remember that all of this can be deducted on your tax return as expenses, along with a certain amount of your household utilities.
Hopefully, this has simplified the process of setting up a workable home office for you and will make it easier to work from home in the future.