If you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to work from home it’s crucial to have a home office that lends itself to helping you have a productive work day. A well-structured and organised office space can have a huge impact on your creativity, mood and ability to focus on tasks. If you’re setting up a home office for the first time or, you’re in the process of giving your office a makeover, read our handy tips for making the most of your workspace.
Choosing the Perfect Space
Don’t tuck your office away in a dark corner. You will be spending the majority of your week in your home office so choose a room which can comfortably fit all of your technology, equipment and storage for files or office supplies.
When you work from home it can be difficult to switch off as you don’t physically “leave” the office. For this reason, it can be helpful to set up your office in a room with a door to allow you to literally close the door on work once you have finished for the day.
Sometimes it can be challenging to find a suitable room to use as an office however, when you move into a new home from Stewart Milne Homes, our flexible living spaces makes it easy to transform any room into your dream office.
Invest in Your Office
Treat your office like the other rooms in your home and invest in the furniture and décor. In particular, make sure that you have a comfortable chair which offers enough back support. A large, overstuffed chair might seem appeling but it may not be practical when you are sitting at a desk all day and, it could lead to bad posture or back pain. A sturdy office chair sounds less glamorous but you’ll be thankful for it in the long run.
Nothing kills productivity and your ability to focus more than clutter so it’s important to have plenty of storage for your files and office supplies. Investing in desk trays, filing cabinets or desk drawers will help you to quickly organise your office and make the most of your space. As an extra bonus, nice cabinets or shelves will make a great backdrop for video conference calls.
Stewart Milne Homes’ stylish new homes have been designed to allow you to use every inch of space. When you set up your home office in your new home you’ll find space to set up all the storage you need.
Our new homes are also decorated in a neutral colour palette so it will be quick and easy to decorate your office to suit your taste.
Light Up Your Workplace
A well-lit office will help to lift your mood and boost your energy levels, making you more productive and alert. Never underestimate the importance of natural light but also consider added artificial light to make your workspace bright and inviting.
If you have a window in your office, set up your desk close to it to so you can benefit from maximum exposure to the light. If you have space on your desk, consider adding a stylish lamp to help avoid eye strain.
It has been proven that plants in the office can reduce stress levels and increase productivity. A few strategically placed plants are also ideal for quickly injecting mood-boosting colour into your office.
If you want all the benefits of having plants in your office but you don’t have time to spend looking after them, low maintenance plants such as cacti, succulents or ivy are the ideal choice for you.
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