More people are working from home these days, and many are finding it preferable to working at the office. The following tips can make your workspace at home more comfortable and productive to ensure you stay busy in a supportive environment.
Protect your home workspace from friendly intrusion by family members that can be distracting when you’re busy. Use a foldable room divider to separate your work area from a larger room or open space. Adding an area rug and business-type fixtures can help to make your claim on the space more professional and respected. Set up your office near a window or in a well-lit area so you will have adequate lighting for your work. Choose a space that is well ventilated to provide comfortable air flow for warmth in winter and cooler air in the summer.
Set up the equipment you need to do your job. This might include a desk, computer, printer, fax machine, and copier. Of course, you may also need a Wi-Fi router and a modem, depending on your computer setup. While you can use your smart phone to transact business, some professionals use a dedicated phone line for job-related purposes. Stock up on office supplies like pens and paper clips, a Rolodex or digital directory, and printer cartridges and paper.
Unless you are backing up all your files and documents in a Cloud service, or as an additional storage option, you may want to invest in a file cabinet for record-keeping. You can even make a simple one from supplies purchased at a local hardware store, such as a milk crate or stackable shelves. Basic document boxes or large plastic containers with secure lids also work well for storing paper records in many home offices. A cupboard for office supplies is helpful if you can arrange it, or you can use a small wooden or plastic chest of drawers.
To make your office truly welcoming and cozy, add low background music to help you relax and focus on each task. Adjust the lighting to suit your needs for different times of the day, depending on the amount of light available through the window if you have one. Include a favorite family picture or memento. Use a themed desk space saver for pens, pencils, clips, etc., along with a matching cup for your favorite beverage.
Working from home has its perks, and your personal workspace can be one of them. Organize your work area for comfort and productivity.