According to Upwork, it is expected that 36.2 million Americans will work remotely by 2025. What are the odds that you might be one of them?
Thus, you will need a home office. It can be an empty room in your house or a quiet corner in your bedroom. Regardless, your workspace should be conducive to productivity.
That said, here are eight tips when remodeling a space for remote working:
1. Add Indoor Plants
It can be inspiring to work in a room with a big window. But what if all you see outside are skyscrapers?
In times like this, we suggest that you decorate your workspace with some indoor plants. Doing so allows you to look at something relaxing when your eyes are strained from looking at the computer screen for hours.
Moreover, indoor plants are believed to help purify indoor air and boost your productivity.
But if you work in a windowless room, consider hanging framed photos of different greeneries. That way, you have something green to look at since green is believed to help with eye strain.
2. Change the Wall Color
One of the most budget-friendly things you can do to spruce up your home office is to repaint your walls.
You can consider using color psychology or choose a wall color that matches your room’s overall aesthetics. That way, you can surround yourself with something inspiring.
In case you do not know, colors can affect your mood.
3. Use Ergonomic Furniture
Ergonomic furniture pieces allow you to have beautiful yet functional fixtures. Some excellent examples are foldable tables, streamlined office chairs, and lamps with pen holders.
Such office furniture does not take so much space, yet it ensures comfort.
Sitting in front of a computer for hours can be uncomfortable. Pair it with poor ergonomics, and you may suffer from fatigue, muscle strain, and headache. These conditions can prevent you from being productive.
4. Only Bring in Work Essentials
Work essentials refer to the items and tools that can help you get your work done. Hence, work essentials can vary depending on your line of work.
If you are a video editor, you may need multiple large monitors and an updated video editing software. For a graphics designer, this could mean large monitors and a drawing table.
Hence, ensure that only the work essentials are present on your office table and computer desktop.
Always remember: a clean workspace is a productive workspace.
5. Have Designated Work Zones
Working from home could mean that the majority of your work is done virtually. But that doesn’t mean you no longer need to print anything.
That said, you should designate work zones in your home office. You can start by having a zone for computer work and another for non-computer work.
Doing so ensures that your work essentials will not get mixed up. Because the less clutter you have, the more productive you can be. Moreover, designated work zones can help you work effectively.
6. Integrate Technology in Your Workspace
Integrating technology does not necessarily mean you should turn your house into a laboratory or Tony Stark’s basement. This only means that you invest in the best tools that you can afford.
This could mean having a high-end laptop or the largest computer monitor that you can buy. What’s important is that these tools can help you work efficiently. There is no sense in having a high-end laptop if the apps and software you use are not compatible.
Speaking of apps and software, you should also ensure that you have the right programs. This will depend on the kind of work that you do, although they commonly include the following:
- Instant messaging apps (e.g., Slack and Skype)
- Online file storage (e.g., Google Workspace and Dropbox)
- Video conferencing (e.g., Zoom and Google Meet)
- Project management (e.g., Trello and Asana)
In addition, you can also use automation tools that could come in handy in your line of work. For example, a social media manager would find tools like Buffer and Later useful. That’s because it allows them to automatically publish social media posts.
Simply put, integrating technology is all about ensuring that you can streamline your processes.
7. Let Natural Light In
Whether you work in an office or at home, it is essential to let natural light in. That’s because proper lighting can prevent eyestrain and headache, improving your productivity.
In addition, many studies prove that there is a strong correlation between sunlight and Vitamin D production.
But if you work in a windowless room, you can still use artificial light. Just remember to pick a light source with yellow-cast illumination. This kind of light cast is halfway through the color spectrum.
Another thing to take note of is not to put artificial light overhead on your computer screens. That’s because it can cause glare and eyestrain.
8. Keep it Clutter-Free
Wire cables can get tangled, and pens and papers can pile up. It is a common scenario in any work environment.
Thus, make it a habit to keep your workplace clean and organized. Here are some quick tips:
- Wipe down your desk and PC before or after work
- Sort your paper clutter
- Clean your desk drawer
- Disinfect your phone and keyboard
- Ensure that what you need is within reach
- Do not eat on your work desk
- Deep clean your office regularly
Always remember that clutter can distract you from being productive. But the tips listed above can ensure that your workspace at your home office has a pristine condition.
Staying productive while working within the comforts of your home can be tricky. Luckily, you can get your mojo back by simply sprucing up your workspace.
The best part? You do not have to spend a significant amount to remodel a space and turn it into a home office.
All you need is to look for a dedicated space, open your windows to let natural light in, and consider form and function. In addition, ensure that your work essentials are within reach and that your workspace is clean.
That way, you can quickly motivate yourself to work and stay productive.
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