How to make the ideal home office
Working from home, especially if you are launching your own business, is an amazing perk. Having a space that simultaneously makes you focus and feel at ease is key. We have picked out some ideas to help get you started on making the perfect home office.
- Follow ergonomic rules
In order to best view your computer screen and to avoid straining your eyes, the top of your computer screen should be at eye level or a little below eye level. Your keyboard should be positioned in a way so that your arms are parallel to the floor. In order to maintain the best posture throughout the day and avoid a bad back, your feet should be resting firmly on the floor. If you can afford it, investing in a good chair is a worthwhile investment – if you have a chair that you are comfortable sitting in all day then you will be more likely to put in the hours at work.
- Use natural light to your advantage
Rather than cramming your desk up against the wall, try and use windows to your advantage and position your desk near a window to be able to take advantage of the natural light. This will also provide you with a more stimulating view to look at all day as opposed to a wall. Make the most of being able to move your desk and work space around at home, something you certainly can not do if you are crammed into a dark cubicle in a commercial office.
- Use creative storage solutions
One of the most common problems with a home office is that you end up having paperwork all over the place, making the space feel cluttered and untidy. Filing cabinets may not be that attractive, but having somewhere to keep all your work will make a huge difference to the space. A messy room can be hard to concentrate in, and at the end of the day you can pack your work up to signal that the work day has ended leaving you with a fresh space to start with again the next morning.
- Create a comfy space
Your desk will be where you get most of your work done, but it is a good idea to have somewhere comfy in your office space where you can take a break or have a change of scene for taking a long work call, a video conference meeting or to catch up on some reading.
- Make it green
Plants have been scientifically proven to make people happier. Adding some greenery to your workspace will help you to feel relaxed and focused, as well as serving as a good excuse to take a little break as you will have to remember to water them