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Working from home is a life choice which has become very popular in the past couple of years, as the internet became the default way of communication in the business world. For many of us, our homes are places where we sleep, eat and conduct our business.
One of the biggest drawbacks of a home job is that it is often hard to ignore all the distractions and reach maximum productivity. This is why it is important that we have a dedicated area in our house/apartment which will serve as an office. In this article, we will try to give you a couple of useful suggestions on how to best optimize this space and finally start doing some real work.
Prepare before you start
When you decide to create an office space in your home, the preparatory phase is very important, because this is where you will consider your priorities and think about all the things you might need.
Our suggestion is that you should actively search the internet for design ideas, but you should also keep both feet on the ground and not think bigger than necessary. The web is full of examples of great design, but often the thing that looks great on the photo is not that great in practice. Keep in mind that this is an office you are planning and remember that in the office utility always comes before design.
So ask yourself the right questions. What type of work will you perform in your office? Are you going to have clients or colleagues visit you from time to time? What equipment do you need? These are all the questions that will practically design the office instead of you.
Furniture and equipment
Equipping your office with furniture is the first concrete thing you should be doing. Choose your desk, which needs to be spacious and to have enough storage space for stationery; a filing cabinet or two, a tea table with a couple of arm chairs for receiving clients and colleagues (or for taking a break from work) and other things you consider to be necessary.
Pay special attention to the most important piece of furniture in the office – your chair. The chair is where you will be spending most of your time and you should not try to save money by making compromises in chair purchase. Instead, make sure it’s comfortable enough (but not too comfortable, you don’t want to fall asleep in it), and ergonomically designed.
Light is an often neglected during the planning phase, which is why it is only after we set everything up that we notice our eyes are straining. Having a well lit office should be your absolute priority so don’t hesitate to do everything from moving the furniture around to hiring some industrial builders to put another window in your wall in order to achieve that goal.
If you are planning to work during the night, you should also equip your office with enough lamps to create light which will not give you headaches.
Privacy and Peace
Every person is different, however, not many people can say they are at their most productive when their family is all around them. No matter how considerate the members of your family are, they are bound to be distracting at one point of another. Plus, if you are working with clients, you will not want to look unprofessional – work privacy is essential. This is why it is necessary that you separate yourself from the rest of your house/apartment as much as possible.
To sum up, you should always bear in mind that functionality of each object in your office is much more important than the look of it. Furniture needs to conform to this philosophy and provide you with enough comfort and support (your back will thank you later) and you should make sure your office is private enough to maintain the level of professionalism which is required for your productivity. By following those simple rules, you will create a space which will provide you with the atmosphere in which you will be able to give your best and have a successful career.
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to home improvement, DIY and interior design. Useful information for this article has been kindly provided by ACG Building.