For many people, having the luxury to work from home is living the dream. No lengthy commutes or office politics. It gives parents the ability to watch the children or pet owners the joy of having their fur-baby nearby. However, with all that time at home you’ll want to make sure that your surroundings are not only comfortable and easy-on-the-eye, but practical as well. Here are a few ways you can design your home office to create the perfect work-life balance.
1. Maximise productivity
One of the most important factors to consider is setting up your home office so you can work as efficiently as possible. To maximise your productivity, you’ll want somewhere quiet where you won’t be interrupted by family members, kids playing in the backyard or noise from the street. A nice tranquil area with enough space will help you to stay focused on your work.
2. Get disciplined
While working from home definitely has its perks, it also makes it easier to procrastinate instead of knuckling down to actual work. Household chores, social media and even popping out to do some shopping are all temptations that can hinder work productivity. The best way to discipline yourself is to act as though you are in an office environment, with dedicated office hours and breaks. You may even want to dress in work attire to keep you motivated and on-track.
3. Let there be light
Great lighting is essential for any home office. Whether it is natural daylight pouring in through the windows, task lighting or a mixture of both, lighting is imperative for productivity, alertness and to prevent eye fatigue. If you are unsure of how to go about lighting your workspace, talk to a home builder or lighting design professional.
4. Make it sustainable
Working from home also means you will be footing the bills - for everything. Making your home office more eco-friendly not only helps save you money, but also helps the planet. Make sure your home is well insulated to kee your heating and cooling costs down. If you haven’t already jumped on the bandwagon, install solar panels to maximise the energy you can use from the sun instead of your energy provider. If you do need to use the lights, make sure they are energy-efficient, such as halogen incandescent lights.
For more ideas on how you can design your home office to make it as efficient and productive as possible, browse our home office friendly designs including the Akiko Display Home
and the Entertainer Display Home
or talk to one of the friendly team at Impressions today