Creating Your Work from Home Space
As we continue to see our lifestyles and technology evolve, the role of our home has also changed. Our homes are no longer just a place to unwind after a long day, they have become multi-faceted spaces, where we are spending almost all our time. One of these spaces that is especially prevalent at the moment is the home office. Whether you already have a dedicated office space or are looking to create one, here are some tips to establish a home office that is functional and optimal for productivity.
Evaluate Your Space
One of the first things to do is evaluate the space you are planning to use as an office, whether a dedicated space already exists or you are planning to convert another space. Think about how you normally work and what routine you have become accustomed to. Here are some questions to help you better evaluate your space.
- Would you like to be close to your family when you work or would a quieter space be more suitable for you?
- How much space are you needing?
- Do you like to lay things out and need space to do so, or would a compact space better suit your needs?
- Does the space have the proper amount of outlets to meet your technological needs?
- Does the space have good natural light?
- What are the acoustics like?
Adding task lighting may be needed as well, to help you see your work more clearly. If you work on a computer for much of the day, your eyes might become fatigued. Some things that help are blue light glasses to use when looking at the computer monitor for extended periods of time. Additional or larger monitors may help to take some strain from your eyes.
The paint colors and materials you choose also have an impact on productivity. Natural wood grains have the same calming effect on us that being in nature does. Adding colors like blue and green are linked to better productivity, have a calming effect, and can increase focus while adding the color yellow can stimulate creativity.
The paint colors and materials you choose also have an impact on productivity.