4 Tips That Improve Your Home Office Efficiency
We are very fortunate to live in a time when we have the communication technology to be able to work from home if we choose. This comes with lots of pros and cons. As a professional interior designer in Bergen County, NJ, I am often asked to design a home office that solves the “cons” for the client. Sometimes both clients work at home and are in need of separate spaces.
Here are 4 tips I recommend to increase productivity and make the most of your work time.
It’s difficult to keep your home life and work time separated when you work from home. Although you are not commuting and can even work in your PJs if you choose, other elements like kids, pets and/or spouses are distractions or interruptions that can get in the way of continuous work.
You need a designated space, preferably where there is a door! You can shut it and everyone will know that you are at work and that you are not to be disturbed. If there is no space with a door, you must establish boundaries, even physical ones, to let everyone know that when you are in your work space, you are working.
But then when you are done, you can get up and walk away! Your focus can shift to home life and you are in the moment.
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#2. Furniture and Design.
Did you know that 90% of adults complain about lower back pain issues? We spend loads of time sitting. That is why it is critical to have the best design plan for your home office. A place for everything is not foolish. It is imperative for your use of time.
To have good health you must have good posture when sitting and nothing is better than an ergonomic chair to solve that issue.
Studies show that if you work near a window with natural lighting, you’ll get better sleep at night. Positioning your home office near natural light is a big plus.
But if that is not available, good overhead and task lighting gives you a good result without eye strain.
Having storage for everything nearby is a great help and time saver. From paper for the printer to light bulbs for the lighting, you don’t have to leave to find what you need. Even if you keep all the light bulbs somewhere else in the home, having some available in your home office space means less interruption.
A great tip is creating a To Do calendar. It can be on your computer or on a big white board, you will be able to see everything needed at a glance. You won’t miss meetings or appointments. Your deadlines will be clear. Keeping everything in order prevents you from making mistakes.
How does your home office space work for you?
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