Working from home is becoming ever more prevalent in our society. Good news for the slackers out there? Interestingly: no. Both employers and employees are seeing the benefits of the work from home arrangement, with staff more productive and happier with the offer of increased flexibility.
Of course, to get the most from a day working at home, you can’t just sit in front of the TV with your laptop on the coffee table. What’s required is a home office area that promotes hard work and yields good results.
So, how do you get this done? Here are four secrets to creating a productive home office.
The first thing to think about is where your home office will be located. While most will go for the ‘where ever there’s space’ approach, a good home office will be situated in the quietest part of the property.
Unless you’re someone who thrives off the sound of the traffic outside or next door’s extensive construction work, finding an isolated corner to set up your workspace is essential for creating a productive environment.
A clear space for a clear mind
An untidy house generally dents your mood, causes arguments, hampers social life and creates stress and distraction. A clean house, meanwhile, promotes positivity, satisfaction and a stimulus to do more with the day.
The state of your home tends to reflect mindset and attitude. Naturally this transfers directly to your office space, where an overly cluttered and disorganised setting is a sure-fire way to guarantee an ineffective day of work.
Set your standards for the day with a clean workspace, as well as a clean home. The productivity of cleaning will breed further productivity in your professional efforts.
Set the tone
It’s pretty well known that colour can have a significant impact on mood, indeed colour psychology is used in the likes of sport and commercial enterprise as well as interior décor.
You know what sort of atmosphere and state of mind is required to do your best work, and you can help create optimal settings by picking up a paint brush.
Whether it’s cool and calming blue-greys for a relaxed environment, warm pinks and reds for a cosier space or energetic jolts of purple and yellow to get the mind firing, the right colourway can help define between a good day and a great one.
Bridge the gap
Why is it that working from home produces results? Mainly because staff use the happiness and comfort of a familiar setting and utilise that positive energy in their work.
Indeed, a more informal, stripped-down feel is set to be a primary feature of future corporate office design, as businesses look to encourage employee engagement through more ‘homely’ settings.
Your workspace should look to bridge the gap between the amenity of the home and the slick, but sometimes cold, professionalism of a business office — the idea being that you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
How you do this is up to you. Your office should be a balance of the right professional tools and flashes of your own personality. Whether it’s by the art you hang on the walls, the plants you have around or the way you light the room, it’s important to inject your own character into the area.
A good home office should be a place you want to hang around in and provide a suitable environment for extracurricular activities, such as managing family finances or personal studying. Get the setting right, and you should see results in your work that may keep you working from home more often.