There are many good reasons to work from home. You can save money on office space, and still take the expenses as deductions. If you have children, you can be available to them at a moment’s notice. And of course, you will not be dealing with the daily commute so many people dread.
However, you may find that you don’t have the kind of environment which is conducive to getting your work done. You may not feel comfortable enough, or there may be too many distractions. There isn’t much point to having a home office if you don’t have the kind of environment where you can get your work done. Here are some tips for creating the perfect environment if you want to work from home.
Find a Location Which Feels Big
Even if you don’t have much room in your home, look for a place which will keep you from feeling confined. Make it feel bigger by keeping some space around your work area, and put your desk in front of a window if possible. You can make the office space seem more separate by painting the wall an appropriately bright color. Use a bare wall, or a corner. If you are able to set aside an entire room, only keep your office things visible.
Function over Form for Office Furniture
Keep your office furniture to a minimum, not just to save money but so you won’t feel crowded. You don’t want to be distracted by your own workspace. Instead, find a desk which is the right size and a comfortable chair where you won’t mind spending dozens of hours every week. You don’t need to go by traditional standards; use any furniture which fits you and makes you happy. Keep your office supplies organized, even out of sight, so that your workspace feels uncluttered.
Make sure there is plenty of light
Even if you have a window view, outside light will be inconsistent. Make sure you have plenty of light, including an overhead light and a task light on your desk. If you aren’t getting enough light, your eyes will tire quickly even if you don’t realize it. You will get headaches as your eyes work hard to adjust to the small amount of light. Protect yourself from computer glare, and adjust your computer settings accordingly. Protect strain on your eyes by reminding yourself to blink, and getting up every 20 minutes.
Control the temperature
Being too hot or too cold will keep you uncomfortable and unable to concentrate. Your office space should be in a comfortable location, and not in a draft. Keep the temperature adjusted, and use a space heater or a fan if you need to modify your space.
Add some distractions
You don’t want to be distracted from your work, but you will need something throughout the day to look at and enjoy as you take minor breaks from staring at the computer screen. You can add plants to your work area, which are attractive and will remind you of the outdoors. Some artwork can provide a needed distraction, but be careful not to have anything too loud or bright.
A home office can be an inexpensive, convenient way to get necessary work done. Even if you don’t actually work from home, you can have a small home office for taking care of household matters, such as handling bills and other necessary household duties. Designing and implementing the best workspace will help you to fulfill all your objectives in your own home office.