Making Where You Work More Conducive To Productivity
Here’s the thing about working at home: you’re sleeping there, eating there, and playing there as well. So if your “working” area looks the same as the rest of the house, will you be able to get much done?
The wisest move for a home office is to assure there is a distinct separation between where you work, and where you do other things. For example, if you’re doing an easy job that allows you to basically get the work done in bed, you should still take the effort to make some sort of office area elsewhere in your home.
You don’t rest as well when your bed is your office—here’s some science on that if you’re skeptical. Sometimes what makes sense is simply rearranging a few things in a given room to give it a slightly more professional veneer.
Sometimes you’ve already done these things, and you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, though you know something needs to change. Well, in this writing we’ll briefly explore a few suggestions to help stimulate your imagination toward the redecoration of your home office.
- Finding The Best Indoor Plants
Plants are actually a productive facilitator. They have a “fresh” nature to them, and if you’re going to keep them looking good, you have to get in the habit of watering them. Plus, they recycle the air, and floral coloration has a positive psychological effect on the eye.
Here’s an article on proper plant care for when you reorganize the home office. Whether you decide to be very creative and get exotic plants, or just keep one blooming flower alive on your work desk, acquiring and caring for plants is one of the best ideas to work with for stimulating productivity.
- Getting The Lighting Exactly Right
Just as there’s a psychological component to working in the same place where you rest, there’s a psychological component to having lighting wrong. Too bright, and you’ll strain yourself, feeling uncomfortable. When lighting is too soft, the opposite happens: you just want to go to sleep.
For best results, you need a balanced lighting scheme that’s bright enough to work under without any strain, but not so bright as to cause a headache. Sometimes this may mean rearranging lamps, sometimes it may mean installing fluorescent fixtures—though, to be sure, LED options are more affordable in the long-run these days, so think about that.
- Fixing Furniture For Space Maximization And Decor
This one is very important for a number of different reasons. For one thing, the sort of furniture you have in your house will play a big part in how productive you can be. If you have computer work, but no desk, it can be very difficult to get things done with your laptop on your knees all day. But what if you can’t afford a desk?
Well, there are workarounds. For example, consider that sitting for eight hours a day is bad for you anyway. So if you want to be in the best shape, you should probably stand as much as you can. Well, if you’ve got a little “bar” table, that might be your new “desk”. You can “contrive” a desk from such a table that will work. Improvised desks form other media work too.
It’s a good idea to arrange whatever desk you decide to go with so you’re looking out any nearby windows, or at least adjacent to the outdoors. While being totally without distraction is good for some jobs, it can also be stifling. That said, at the end of the day, it’s all about what works for you. Here are some more creative décor ideas to consider for your home office.
One thing you don’t want is clutter, or that which is distracting to the eye. When you’ve got work to do, anything and everything will contrive to make your brain think of other things. So design a physically conducive space where you maximize available materials in a way that makes working easier, and facilitates overall functionality.
Making Your Office The Best It Can Be
Whether you simply rearrange the furniture to find a better balance, install new lighting, or buy some plants, there are plenty of things you can do to make your home office a more productive one. Smart moves include avoiding working where you rest or recreate, getting lighting that’s balanced, and making functional furniture design decisions.