Young professionals everywhere are taking advantage of the work-from-home lifestyle to have more control over their time. If you so happen to be one, then you probably already know the absolute joy of getting to skip the hours-long commute to get to your work station.
But working from home is more than being able to use your laptop for both Netflix and spreadsheets. You need to be able to design your home space to integrate a healthy separation between work and leisure. This allows you to remain focused on your work during the day and to be able to take time away from it after hours.
So, let’s get to creating your simple work space at home! This guide will focus on the essentials: lighting, arrangement, tools, and basic ergonomics.
Firstly, you’re going to have to pick a spot in your condo. Some people may decide that the most isolated corner of their living room would be ideal to minimize distraction, but we would suggest otherwise. Pick a spot that’s well-endowed with natural lighting and if possible, a view of some greenery. Even the most productive number-crunchers need to look at something other than a computer screen from time to time, and a view of the sky or trees will prove kind to your mind.
It’s good to know when you are going to need a larger space to meet with more than a few clients. Quiet locations like your nearest Coffee Project are excellent meeting places to keep in mind.
Choose quality ambient lighting for your desk and work space. Warm, yellow-tinted light is more comfortable to human eyes over long periods of time. Be careful not to keep your lighting too dim at night or on overcast days, as this can stunt your motivation levels. Remember, one key element of designing a good work space is fighting the urge to lie down — or in other words, to give up on work entirely!
It is absolutely essential that you get a good task chair for your desk. You can find several options at your nearest AllHome, so make sure to select a chair that offers excellent back and spine support. You’ll thank yourself for doing this; using a hard dining chair will only promote bad posture, which not only leaves you fatigued at the end of your day, but could have detrimental health effects in the long run.
Alternatively, opt for a standing desk to combat the adverse effects of prolonged sitting. You can use an online workspace planner to optimize the measurements of your workplace in either case.
Once you’ve set up your desk, look into the tools you will need to be able to do your work well. A universal recommendation for computer-based jobs would be to get a secondary monitor so you can stop jungling between open windows and focus instead on your tasks at hand. Keep your space minimal, free of distractions—this mostly means organizing your cables and wires. If you have a monitor, a printer, a keyboard, and a mouse, you can quickly find yourself in over your head. Use an organizer or a cable hub to simplify your wires!
Think about what your work-from-home career entails. Will you need room to host client meetings, or place enough for colleagues to come over and work? Then perhaps a workroom coffee machine will do well to boost morale. Do you work with hard copies of documents frequently? Fireproof file cabinets will keep all your archives safe and hidden away.
Working from home is a lifestyle and it all starts with choosing the right place for your home. A good amount of attention to detail will go a long way in establishing a healthy, positive environment. These simple adjustments plus the right home for you will help this happen!
Everyone deserves a beautiful life — whether in the professional or personal realm. Starting with your ideal home workspace, you can create yours today.