Today, we invited our friend from BestGEDclasses.com to talk about working space and productivity. A few months ago, she decided that she will run a business from home. Working from home is an incredible opportunity to design your own workspace according to your needs and preferences, she says. The nature of my work determined the necessary elements of the office’s set-up, but this do-it-yourself project allows for a lot of freedom and flexibility, even if you’re on a budget.
By establishing an inviting, professional atmosphere in your new home office, you will be able to boost your productivity and impress any potential clients who will come visit you at your new workspace.
The colors of your learning space should be warm and inviting, such as soft yellows, blues, and greens, so that you and your clients feel relaxed and calm while in the office. Position your desk in a part of the room that is well lit and has plenty of space for you to sit behind comfortably. Arrange all other furniture so that you effectively utilize the space in a way that is functional. Consider if you have enough lighting in the room that brings warmth, not sterility, to the office space.
If not, maybe investing in a few lamps will change the atmosphere of your office drastically, and thus may be worth forking out for. Outfit your office windows with drapes that let natural light into the room, but that can be shut to provide privacy for visiting clients if necessary. Your desktop should leave plenty of storage space for your supplies, such as folders, cabinets, and containers, to keep your documents tidy so that you can concentrate on your work at hand.
After selecting a layout and color scheme for your office, start to furnish your office with pieces that reflect your personality, interests, and passions. If you don’t already have a desk to work from, choose one that will hold your computer as well as have enough space for organizing papers and writing documents. Go large, there’s nothing worse than making the wrong decision of buying a small desk and then trying to make up for it with extra storage space – it’s just not the same. A simple colorful rug, a stylish bookshelf or an embellished, comfortable chair can change the feel of your office space for you and any of your clients who may come to visit. You might even select some non-conventional furnishings, such as an antique cabinet or a vintage coffee table, to add some character to the room.
Make The Space Your Own
Consider sprucing up your office space with accessories, such as funky bookends and artistic paperweights that can add flair to your workspace in a cost-effective way. This could make the office more cheerful and give you a chance to relax when taking a break. Remember to have space designated for key items without letting your office retain clutter: take your time to establish a coding and labeling system during the design phase of your home office project to save yourself from wasting many hours in the future rummaging through the chaos.
Odds and Ends: Stocking Up on Supplies
Any office, whether at a company or out of your own home, cannot function unless the proper supplies are in place to help you work. Stocking up on pens, paper, toner for the printer, and business cards sounds like a no-brainer, but it is easy to get lost in the fun of designing a home office and forget the most basic details that will allow you to begin working functionally. Of course, the kinds of supplies that you will need depends on the nature of the work that you will need to be doing at home, so make a checklist and purchase what is necessary to prevent wasting productive workdays.
Protecting Your Body: Ergonomics
One of the most important things to consider is the kind of furniture that you will use around your desk. Products with ergonomic design – such as special desks, keyboards, computer monitors, and office chairs – might be more expensive, and they might not fit into your initial budget for building your home office. However, they can help prevent work-related injury and pain due to stress on the tendons and muscles of your body, saving you time and money in the future. In other words, investing in these kinds of products now can help you prevent medical expenses, never mind make your workspace physically feel more comfortable. Remember, you’re going to spend a lot of time in your future office!
Remember that designing your home office can be an ongoing project. As time passes, you may want to update the look of your workspace to keep the atmosphere feeling fresh. Even small changes – such as a few new desk accessories – can make a world of a difference.