The last couple of years have given us a new perspective on what the working day actually looks like. Working from home has become a staple for many, and businesses are re-thinking their use of the traditional office spaces to see if they’re the most productive way to get work done. The environment you create in your home office has a huge influence on productivity levels. It must allow you to focus and prevent distractions, be a positive environment, and have everything you need to get things done.
Have a look below for a few ideas of how to boost your home office and get the most out of your day’s work.
A Comfortable Environment
One of the advantages of working from home is the comfort. You are in your own space and free to enjoy an environment you know and can tailor to your own desires. However, it is easy to fall into the trap of working in the nook of a couch or bed which can really hinder your productivity. The ideal is to create a space that is comfortable enough but structured to be motivational. This is why setting up a space separate from the bedroom is fundamental for getting the best out of your working day.
Technology You Can Trust
There’s nothing worse than beginning a Zoom call only for your laptop to crash, your Wi-Fi to disconnect, or to lose finished work because of a faulty system. It not only appears unprofessional to clients but similarly hinders your everyday productivity. In this modern age, trustworthy technology is a must for any business and without it you will undoubtedly struggle to get the most out of your day.
Setting up a station within your home with technology that stays there and remains solely for its purpose – whether that be work, gaming, or anything else you do – will help you differentiate between time to relax and time to get things done. Check out Lenovo.com for some ideas. The hours you put in will be worth so much more without technical difficulties, so its worth investing in machinery that works properly.
The importance of lighting is often underestimated in the workplace. When we think of an office, it brings up images of white, harsh, abrasive light. Try to set up your home office in a space near a window, even if this is in the kitchen or you clear an area of the living room. This will immediately wake up the brain and make you feel refreshed rather than give you the shock to the system that you get from artificial lights. If this is not an option, warm up the lighting with a soft desk lamp or some candles but make sure it’s bright enough. Natural lighting is ideal but, if not, a combination of warm and cool appliances will be beneficial.
With these tips you’re bound to make the most out of your home office and create a positive work-life balance even when working and living in the same space.