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The Best Home Office Ideas for a Healthy and Productive Work Day
Working from a home office may sound luxurious at first, but over time can become a space for poor focus, decreased productivity, and increased stress. Fixing these classic work from home problems isn’t impossible; they just require some insight into how we work best.
These are the best home office ideas to help you have a healthy and productive work day every day.
It’s tempting to flex your schedule when working from home, but a schedule will give you a sense of normalcy and better integrate your work and home life. Your schedule doesn’t need to be the same every day, but it should be consistent week to week. If you start at 8 am Monday through Friday but Tuesday and Thursday begin at 9 am, keep that consistent.
Because you don’t have the opportunity to physically walk into an office, this consistency offers improved focus while getting into “work mode”. You’ll also have more time because you aren’t commuting, so use this time as a chance to get a jump start on the work day, spend time with family before going into your office, or a longer workout.
Since you’ll be spending most of your working hours in your home office, investing in an organized space can greatly improve your health and productivity. Choose a desk that’s a good ergonomic fit for your height, with your arms at a 90-degree angle while typing or working. Storage is essential, as is a variety of types of storage.
Cabinets with hanging files are ideal for paperwork you need to keep, while cabinets can help hide extra office supplies, a printer, and books. Clutter can be stress-inducing, which is why an organized office with limited un-stored items is one of the best ways to create a productive home office.
Home offices vary in size and placement within a home, and most are viable options. We do recommend, though, that your workspace has a door. This will cut down on noise from your family while on important calls and focusing on big projects.
A door also helps separate your work life from your home life. When you shut the door at the end of the day, it’s time to disengage your mind and focus on family and friends. Encourage yourself to work hard every day so that you don’t keep finding yourself working into the night to meet a deadline.
Another way to remain productive in your home office is dressing like you’re heading into the office. Gym clothes are comfortable, but it can be hard to get into the work mindset when you’re not dressed for work. Even if your former office was business dress, keeping business casual attire ready for each day can help get you ready to work.
Working from home doesn’t need to be a challenge. The better you keep a consistent work schedule while investing into your space, the better your overall health and productivity. And while dressing like you’re heading to the office may not sound like a game changer, it is. Creating a home office and a helpful environment is easy when you stick to the necessities.
If you’re looking for an ergonomic desk and a storage solution with beautiful design for your home office, we can help. Give us a call at (800) 332-3393 to discuss your needs and create a plan that fits your unique situation and specifications.Topics: Office