Many people are slowly returning to the office now that lockdown measures are being lifted but a lot of employers have decided to keep their employees working from home. It can be a cost-effective business decision whilst also helping to keep their staff safe whilst covid is still a threat. So for those who might find themselves working from home for good, here are some tips on how to make your home office area a nicer and more productive space.
You may have hastily set up a desk in your old spare room when the first lockdown hit and have found that you just kept putting off doing anything with it because you were just waiting to be told you would be going back in the office – but now it is time to really make your workspace somewhere you are happy to spend your day. No more blank walls and miserable lonely rooms. Get some artwork or some prints on the walls, hang an ornate mirror or fill the room with potted plants. These hexagon picture tiles are perfect for displaying personal photos, or you can use downloadable artwork to create a completely custom wall display to brighten up your workday. A bit of effort and decoration can work wonders to make your home office somewhere you actually want to be all day every day.
Light it up!
Make sure you have plenty of light, either natural light from windows or use a myriad of lamps. Light is essential in a working environment as it reduces eye strain from looking at a screen and helps you feel more awake and productive. A well-lit room also has a more positive atmosphere, and every little helps when you are facing work first thing on a Monday morning! If you are fortunate enough to have a lot of natural light, then you should consider the blinds or curtains you have installed as it is also important to be able to control the level of light coming in and reduce glare – there’s nothing worse than trying to get your work done when the sun is shining in your eyes.
While it is important to decorate your space, you should be wary of making it too busy. A cluttered, overwhelming space is not conducive to a fruitful day’s work, and you will likely find yourself getting distracted. This is also the reason you should keep the area as clean and tidy as possible. Avoid working in rooms where there is a TV or other distractions that might tear you away from your work. You may find that music helps your mood and productivity so you would benefit from a radio or speaker, but anything more will more than likely divert your attention a little too much. Not everyone will have the luxury of an exclusive office room to work from, so do what you can to remove distractions from your dining room or wherever it is you work from – with the kids back at school this should be much easier now.