Let’s face it. While working from home sounds great to most people, very few home offices are actually a separate “work only” room of the house. In fact, for many freelancers, small business owners, and telecommuters, their daily workspace is little more than a kitchen table or desk in the corner of a room.
Nevertheless, whether you work in an actual office or simply make do, having a functional working area is important. As discussed in an earlier post, delineating the space and having adequate lighting are helpful tactics to try.
To continue, here are three more ways to turn your home office into a more comfortable and productive place to work.
Choose Quality Equipment
Even if you’re on a limited budget, don’t skimp on core office equipment like your computer chair. It may be tempting, but a cheap chair isn’t worth the money saved.
In most cases, not only will your productivity suffer from simply being uncomfortable, but chances are your health will be affected as well.
Basically, while you don’t need top-of-the-line, quality and comfort should be seriously considered when purchasing office equipment. After all, the physical aches and pains that come with working for hours in an unsupportive chair are real (and costly), so don’t risk it.
Reduce Mess and Clutter
There’s nothing like sitting down to work only to be faced by a big mess that needs to be cleared off first. Especially if your home office has limited space, cutting down on clutter is a critical step to making the area more comfortable.
Admittedly, some people like working amid chaos. However, most find that having a mountain of things filling up their workspace only distracts them and adds to their overall stress levels.
Essentially, your home office is not a storage room, so don’t treat it like one. To be a genuinely productive environment, it needs to be both clean and conducive to work. As a result, set aside an afternoon (or weekend) to purge all those excess papers and distracting knickknacks. You might be surprised how much better you feel afterwards.
Get More Organized
Once you’ve reclaimed your office for work, you also need to defend it from future messes. After all, it doesn’t take long for clutter to creep back.
While basic, a big factor in keeping your office clean and comfortable is organization. This is because if you don’t have a set place for things to go, they usually end up on your desk to be taken care of “later”. That “later” usually never happens, and then you wonder where that huge mess came from when you just cleaned up last week.
To end this vicious cycle, you must get more organized. If you deal with a lot of papers and documents, make use of a filing cabinet. Use drawers, cabinets, and other storage options as designated spaces for that scanner, reference manual, or box of supplies.
Just remember, getting organized doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Simply choose a basic organization system that works for you and stick to it.