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Whether you’re a telecommuter or a freelancer, you know that working at home can be both a blessing and a curse. It’s difficult to be productive if your home environment isn’t conducive to work. Here are some tips for creating a home workspace that is both comfortable and stimulating.
As a blogger, I love having my own personal workspace. My husband turned our daughter’s old bedroom into an office for me. I can come in here, close the door and get a lot of work done. Everything is organized in the way in which I prefer and I can a lot of work done without disturbing the rest of the household.
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You’re unlikely to be as productive as possible if you’re trying to work in the same place where you watch TV or eat meals with your family. Design a home office and designate it as a work-only space. When you’re in that area, your mind will be conditioned to focus on your job, not on the bills you need to pay or the dirty dishes that are piling up in the kitchen. Make sure other members of your family understand that, unless there is an emergency, you are off-limits when you’re in your office.
There are quite a few factors you should consider when you’re setting up your office. What kind of work will you be doing? Will clients be visiting you there? Will you need to install soundproofing materials for those days when the rest of the family is at home? How much space do you need?
Aim for Comfort
When you’re comfortable, you’re less likely to be distracted from your work by your creaky office chair or the draft coming through the window. Splurge on an ergonomically designed desk chair that has a cushioned seat, lumbar support, and armrests. It should be height-adjustable, too, so you can easily see your computer monitor and reach your keyboard. Buy good window coverings so you can stay warm and block out the glaring sunlight when it comes in at the wrong angle.
If you have the space for it, you may also want to bring in a loveseat or small sofa for when you need to take a break or work on something that doesn’t require you to be at your desk.
Look After Your Health
You’ll be spending countless hours in your home office, so it should be an environment that promotes your health. Be sure the air quality is good; an air purifier takes allergens and other particles out of the air so you can breathe easier. It can also increase airflow and remove odors.
Another way you can make your home office healthy is by making sure you have adequate lighting. If your office is too dim, you’ll end up straining your eyes and causing headaches for yourself. Buy an extra lamp or two if you need it, and install high-quality light bulbs. Some Wi-Fi-enabled bulbs let you change their color and warmth of the lighting. For example, Philips Hue bulbs have a setting that is designed specifically to help you be more productive. You can even buy bulbs that simulate natural light, which can improve your mood and help you let go of stress.
When you’re working at home, you want to be as productive as possible. Having a stimulating workspace in your house can help you achieve that.