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Creating An At Home Office Environment
Whether you’ve got your own business or simply prefer to get a few extra bits of work done at home, having an at home office environment is always worthwhile. In this post, we give you some of our top tips to creating your own personal productive space.
Thinking about creating an at home office consider:
– When your home office is where you’ll be doing most of your concentrating and focusing, whether it be on a notepad or a computer screen, it’s important to think about light flexibility and how you can avoid unwanted strain on your eyes.
– Bad window positioning to your desk can lead to glare on your screen with can be distracting/annoying.
– That being said having a window within your working environment letting in natural, balanced light is great for positivity and decreasing fatigue, in particular if you have a nice view to look out over to give your eyes a break from the screen.
– Don’t forget to pick out a suitable artificial light for if you’ll be working in the evenings, or the darker winter months. Desk lamps are a great idea if you’ll be doing more detailed or high concentration work, alternatively ambient lighting in softer tones is great for de-stressing as it is more soothing.
– If you’re struggling for space and can’t set yourself up in a separate room, corners make a great DIY work zone; setting you slightly aside from the hub of activity in your own space to retreat.
– Take your office to new levels. If you’re concerned about room, and desk space, think walls. Adding in some shelving above your desk on the wall gives you not only storage but also helps you to decorate your space and make it unique to you.
– No spare room? If you’re lucky enough to have a random nook/alcove in your home with slight walls these make great places to pop in a small desk and give you a little more privacy to crack on with your work. A divider or curtain can also let you hide away your little space if you want to keep it hidden from prying eyes when not in use.
– Jars, desk organisers, shelving; think about the items you need to tidy away. You don’t always have to go out and buy storage solutions, empty cans, jars and shoe boxes all make ideal DIY storage.
– It’s not just about having space to work in but also the resources to do so, don’t forget to consider things like having books to hand when choosing your storage and the space for your office.
– Don’t forget to double check you have plug sockets in your chosen space; the worst thing is picking out your area, desk and other furniture then finding out you need to run an extension lead from across the other side of the room to make it work.
– Whether you’re going wireless or wired, consider how you are going to connect up your office to get the internet service you need. Are you happy with leads or would prefer the flexibility offered when working from a wireless hub.
– Have a think about colours. Calming colours always work great for creating a good working environment; colours such as blues, neutral whites, creams, violets, and greys work well to promote peace and relaxation. Alternatively keep things fresh with neutral environmental shades such as green, crisp whites and floral patterns. If you’re looking to decorate with your kids in mind or want things a bit more upbeat, consider combining crisp whites with bright, bold, bursts of colour.
– The best work spaces have a general colour palette that balances out and creates a more brought-together environment when used consistantly ascross furniture, walls, and storage.
– This space is your creative hub so try not to make it too rigid; inject some of your personality into it. Whether it be framed inspirational quotes, artwork, magazine clippings of work you love, flowers/plants, or ornaments there are lots of things you can have on display to make your space more your own.
Don’t Forget Comfort
– No-one can crack on with work when they feel uncomfy, so make sure the place feels like home. Whether it be the decorations you have out, your choice of chair, mouse or desk height make sure it all fits you. Throws and cushions all go a long way to making a space homely and comfortable so consider adding these to your office.
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