Working from home is not a new concept by any means. However, the fact that it recently became so common has brought it more attention than ever. One of the most popular debates regarding this matter is whether people working from home work less or work harder than those working from a traditional office setting.
And while there is still no definitive answer to this question, there have been some interesting findings. One of them is the fact that people who work from home but try to stick to the original workday schedule get more done than any of the other two. But how do those people do it? The answer lies in being able to set up the most productive home office. Here’s how you can do it.
Find the right place
In order to be able to create an inspiring home office, you will first need to find the right place to set it up. One of the biggest mistakes many people make is give up on the idea of having a home office due to the fact that they don’t have an entire room to dedicate to it. But it’s important to mention that a home office doesn’t need to have “four walls”. Instead, you can turn any nook of your home into a home office, provided that it ticks off some of the essential requirements. First, the area should be quiet, without too many distractions or traffic. Furthermore, it needs to be bright and airy enough to promote productivity and inspiration. Finally, you need to make sure that the area offers enough room to set up a work desk and a comfortable working chair.
Get rid of clutter
Once you manage to find the right spot for your home office, your next move should be decluttering the area. If, for instance, you’ve chosen to set up your home office in the guest bedroom, chances are that it is filled with random things you don’t really need but you can’t just throw away. Working in a cluttered space can hinder productivity very much which is why getting rid of the clutter is so important. Once you manage to get rid of the unnecessary mess, you can move onto making your office space feel more inspiring and motivating.
Make it quiet
On a similar note, if you – in fact – can dedicate an entire room for this purpose, you will want to make sure that you can get the necessary privacy when you really need it. That’s why you should find ways to audio isolate your home office the best you can. First, you will want to make sure that you install high-quality internal doors that will cancel any noise coming from the other side. Aside from that, you can add a nice fluffy area rug to your floor and fill your walls with bookshelves and other similar items that will cancel out any noise. This way, you will create a sort of a soundproof workspace that will enable you to focus all of your attention to the job at hand.
Make it cozy
Finally, once you take care of all the basics you can focus your attention on making your workspace cozy and inspiring to you personally. Here, you can decide which colors you want to implement in your design, choose the type of furniture you wish to add and play around with the general vibe of your home office. Remember, anything that you find to be inspiring and motivating should have its own space in your home office. In the end, make sure you add some greenery as houseplants have a positive effect on our mental well-being, which is something you can certainly benefit from in an office space.
Your home office should be the hub of your productivity and success. It needs to offer you all the perks that will enable you to excel at what you do while still making you feel comfortable and cozy. That’s why it’s always best to set up a space that looks and feels like a traditional office setting but give it your own twist by implementing the style and design you like best.