Working from home is an ever growing option for new moms, starts up and students. It can save you money, allow you to work more comfortably but also hinder your organization and focus. When you’re combining your home space with your work space, you need to ensure that you are dedicating your attention to both these areas separately. This is why it is crucial to create an office space that boast productivity and engagement to your work. Here are a few tips on how to create an at home office space.
1. List your crucial needs
Your space needs to ensure that you’re going to have everything you need to work. It is important that you create a list that outlines your specific and essential needs for the office. Editing it down to the most detailed list you can, from phone to computer to having a all in one printer/scanner fax. Will you need space to meet with clients, or an extra desk to do graphic design drawings? This list must outline the most important things you’ll need to be productive and successful, and avoid the extra’s that will lead to clutter or distractions.
2. Choosing the space
Based on the detailed list of things you’ll need to have a successful home office, then you need to determine how you’re going to create the room. It needs to be organized, studies show those who have organized offices are more productive. You need to choose an area that has the right amount of space and comfort for your needs. Ideally you would want a space that has a door, so that you can have some privacy and separate the home from work. Try to keep the office away from kitchens and front doors to avoid distractions.
3. Maximize the Space
You should break the room into sections; a. Workplace area b.Resource area and c.Supply area. Your workplace area is where you spend the majority of your time, with your computer and/or on the phone. The resource center is where you keep your binders, books and manuel and the supply area is for all your extra paper, labels and pens. Within all of these areas, make sure that the tools you use the most are the easiest accessible.
4. Brighten the space
Ensure that your space has adequate lighting. Even by painting one wall brighter than the rest to help the room pop. This will keep your attitude more positive to get you through the day. Use overhead lighting especially over your desk, to brighten the room. Then depending on natural light, have a light were you do the most work.
You want this space to reflect your work and business, make it stand out. Adding family photos, art and decorations will help personalize the space. Adding pops of colour such as a decorative pillow on the client chair, or patterned stand up light will add flare to the room. Have your business tag line around you so that you can always remember what your focus in that room should be.
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If you have any questions on creating or customizing your home office, I’d love to hear from you!