Tips For A Great Home Office
If you’re reading this, you probably work from home. Whether that’s because you run your own business or work remotely for a company, you need an awesome home office. Without one, your work life will be full of discomfort, distraction, and disappointment. Here’s how to create a killer home office.
1. Make It Ergonomic
You’re going to spend a lot of time at work, no matter what you do. You don’t want to end up with repetitive strain injury (RSI) or another work-related injury. That’s why ergonomics are so important. If you didn’t already know, ergonomics is a design practice that takes into consideration human physiology and psychology. You can buy ergonomic keyboards, mouse pads, and much more.
2. Don’t Spare Any Expense On Your Office Chair
If you have a $1000 budget for your home office, you should spend at least $400 on your office chair. Seriously. It’s the most important item in your home office. A bad office chair can cause serious back and neck problems. Plus, the more comfortable your office chair, the more likely you’ll want to sit and work. Here are the best ergonomic office chairs around.
3. Buy A Desk That Fits
You can spend anything from $20 to $2,000 on your desk. The most important thing is that it fits your needs and your space. To make sure you’ve got enough space, map out your desk on the floor with string. This should give you an idea of the space you’ll need and you can start shopping from there. Also, think about getting an adjustable standing desk and standing desk mat – they are proven to improve your health and productivity.
4. Use Natural Light To Your Advantage
Natural light is essential to a killer working environment. If you’ve ever had the displeasure of working in a place with no natural light, you’ll know what we’re talking about. You should place your home office as close to a window as possible. If that’s not possible, buy a lamp that recreates natural light and produces vitamin D.
5. Get Some Kick-Ass Lamps
Speaking of light, your lamp choice will make a huge difference to your desk. When you’re working late at night, you don’t want to have the ‘big lights’ on. We’d recommend getting an adjustable lamp that you can move around on your desk. Then, it doesn’t have to be in your way all the time. Check out this article for some of the best desk lamps on the market.
6. Use Creative Storage Options
There’s nothing worse for productivity than a disorganized desk. People say that an empty desk is a sign of an empty mind, but we don’t agree. An empty desk is a sign of someone who’s found some creative ways to store their stationary. If you’re going to get stuff done, you need to have everything you need to hand. We’ve seen everything from simple desktop organizers to monitor stands with built-in shelves. You can find some of our favorite creative storage options here.
7. Make A Comfortable Space
We already talked about how important a great office chair is. Well, we’d take it one step further and create a separate ‘comfy’ area. This could be a plush armchair, a bean bag on the floor, or even a couch. When you need some time away from your screen, you can retreat to your comfortable space and get your head back in the game. This also has the advantage of being a great area to come up with new ideas.
8. Minimize Distractions
Distractions are pretty common when you work from home. If you’ve got kids it’s especially hard to be productive. You can’t control that, but you can control the distractions in your home office. For example, we’d do away with any fun desktop games you have. A miniature basketball net can be fun but it’s not helping you get your work done. It’s also helpful to separate your workspace from your recreational space – don’t sit at your desk all day watching YouTube videos. Buy a separate laptop for work and block all the sites that might distract you.
9. Fit Some Plants In
Sure, it looks nice when you’ve got a few plants in your office space. But there are so many more benefits than just aesthetics. Plants have been proven to increase productivity, decrease stress, reduce noise, improve creativity, and more. They also have the added benefit of cleaning up the air around you, so you’re breathing in the good stuff. Just make sure you don’t overrun your office with plants.
10. Make It Personal
Sometimes you need a reminder of why you’re working. A picture of your loved ones or an inspirational message can help with that. A little personalization can make a home office much more inspirational. Just remember that your home office needs to remain a work environment. If you fill your desk with too many knick-knacks, you won’t have any space to get any work.