6 tips for a better home office setup
Find a dedicated space for your home office
Here are six tips for how to set up a home office:
- Find a dedicated space for your home office that is separate from the rest of the house. If you don’t have an extra room, consider using a corner of your living room or dining room and provide it with enough privacy so that it feels like a separate area. Keep in mind that you need enough space to work comfortably!
- Use a desk or table with enough surface area to spread out paperwork, open books and notes, etc. Don’t use clutter-prone surfaces such as kitchen counters or coffee tables!
- Keep technology out of view by placing it on shelves or drawers when not in use (iPhones don't need to be visible at all times). Also make sure there's room on those spaces just in case something new comes along—you never know when an opportunity will arise! :)
Invest in a well-functioning desk and chair.
Whether you're sitting, standing, or laying down in your home office (and let's face it—you probably are), having a good desk and chair is key for getting things done. A poorly-sized table can inhibit comfort and concentration; a cheap chair can cause back pain and make even the most simple tasks difficult.
It's worth investing in quality furniture that will not only last but also keep your body happy throughout the day.
Declutter your space.
After you’ve created a space that’s conducive to productivity, it’s time to declutter. This is especially important if your work area is shared with others, as clutter can be distracting.
- Clear off all surfaces except for the things you need for one task at hand. If you have three computers and two desks in your office, then only use one computer at a time and clear everything off both desks before moving on to the next task—even if those things are just taking up valuable real estate!
- Don’t forget about desk accessories like pens and notepads; these can quickly become overstuffed with papers or random post-it notes from meetings and become overwhelming visual distractions when they pile up .
Hide your electronics.
- Hide your electronics.
Your desk isn't the only place you need to hide your electronics. If you have a cabinet or drawer nearby, use it to store all of those gadgets that live in your home office. The more they're out of sight, the less likely they are to distract you while working.
Create boundaries to keep work and downtime separate.
The best way to separate work and home is to create a physical space that’s dedicated to each. Keep your work at the office, and your personal life in the rest of your house. Having a designated workspace will help you keep things organized, because everything has its place.
If you’re working from home, it can be tempting to stay up late doing work if you have kids or pets who need taking care of during the day. Don’t let this lead into another habit: working in bed! If you find yourself staying up late enough that it becomes difficult for you get up early enough for work again, then maybe it would be better for everyone involved if your laptop was somewhere else (like at an actual desk).
Another thing I try not do when working from home is work in my kitchen or bathroom—even though those are two places where most people spend most of their time! If I wanted some quiet time while getting ready in the morning and needed somewhere private where there wasn't much light coming through windows so that I could focus better on whatever project I was working on...well then having some kindling lying around wouldn't really help much either!
It's worth the time and effort to create an ergonomic and comfortable home office setup, because you'll be spending more time here than you think!
It's worth the time and effort to create an ergonomic and comfortable home office setup, because you'll be spending more time here than you think! In fact, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), more than 50 percent of Americans spend at least 20 hours a week in their home offices. And once your home office is set up for efficiency and comfort, it can also double as a quiet space where you can get things done without distraction—or watch TV while working on your laptop.
So how do you go about setting up your own comfortable home office? We've outlined four steps below: