At Inlea, a lot of our team members work from home. Working from home can sound like a dream, however, it can sometimes be difficult to find motivation to get going and be as productive as possible. This is why it is key to set aside a specific place at home exclusively for work. Here are 4 tips for creating the perfect home office:
1- Embrace natural light
When putting a new desk into a home office, a lot of people kind of reflexively put it right up against the wall in the darkest corner of the room. What they’ve inadvertently done is recreated the corporate cubicle. And who wants that? Move your desk close to the windows, but place it parallel to the panes. This ideal set-up gives you the happiness benefits of natural light, and a good reason to turn away from your computer every few minutes to take in the scene.
2- Get creative with storage
Filing cabinets aren’t the most attractive pieces of furniture, but you do need a place to put papers you use frequently. The biggest issue with home offices is that you wind up having paper everywhere. If you’re the sort of person who needs to see something to remember it exists, try wall storage: magazine type racks, or children’s library-style display shelves.
If you need book cases, get nice ones–big enough that you don’t need to overstuff, and artful enough that they’ll look great as the backdrop in your video conferences.
3- Add greenery
Plants make people happier. It’s like bringing what’s outside your window into your space. Plus, since most plants can go a day or two without watering, you won’t have to go into your office on weekends.
4- Follow ergonomic rules
The top of your computer screen should be at eye level or a little below. As you scan down the screen, your eye lids will naturally close a bit and moisten, which reduces eye fatigue. Position your keyboard so your forearms are parallel to the floor. And adjust your chair so your feet rest firmly on something. Splurge on a chair that makes you want to put in the hours.