5 Important things to consider before you start working from home

Working from home has its perks, but it can trigger off a whole new set of business-related anxieties if you fail to set up your home office properly. Your place of work needs to meet some basic requirements, starting with good location. Assuming you have a dedicated place for work, whether improvised office in a corner or a whole room, your home office needs to be a low traffic area and a quiet place where you will be able to concentrate. It is hard to keep the focus on work and maintain productivity if you are constantly being distracted. Choose a good spot that feels comfortable and where you will be able to make phone calls, think and work efficiently.

Home office bare necessities

Telecommuters heavily rely on technology, so make sure to invest in high-quality equipment that will ensure undisrupted work process. The last thing you wish to encounter is a ‘’not responding’’ problem on your laptop when you need it the most. Get some good, quality gear, starting from your computer and phone to scanner and printer. Tame the cables or consider buying wireless equipment. Also, make sure to supply yourself with regular office inventory like planners, pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes and colorful folders. Also, get few document trays that will keep your incoming papers more visible and easy to handle.

 

Important adjustments

Although you are at home, keep in mind that this part of your home is a place of work and be ready for some work-motivational adjustments. The working area needs to be somewhat different to encourage a working mindset, so the best way to mentally separate office from the rest of your home is to include some stimulating colors. For instance, the green color is ideal for the offices with long working hours since it has a calming effect and requires no eye adjustment. Equally important, poor air quality has a great impact on one’s performance, so make sure to look for quality air conditioners for sale that will keep the room fresh and ventilated. Fresh air is crucial to your health, while it significantly boosts productivity.

Natural light

Aside from the fact that exposure to natural light is vital for us, both physically and mentally, having a well-lit office is a key element when it comes to productivity. Place your desk close to the windows to enjoy daylight while you work. Also, remember to turn away from the computer screen as often as you can to rest your eyes. Working in evening hours creates a serious digital eye strain, so make sure to place two open top floor lamps to provide good general lighting that counterbalances blue screen light. Make more light with a desk lamp and choose full spectrum daylight bulbs.

Furniture and storage

You will be spending hours and hours in your office, so make sure to choose quality and comfortable furniture that will lower the pressure on your back and maintain your posture. Invest in the ergonomic chair first, but make sure that your desk is at the right height and add footrest if needed. Also, office furniture can also serve as storage so make sure that your desk has enough drawers. Include shelving and some filing cabinet to store documents. Organize your storage according to your workflow, meaning, keep your current work papers close.

Decoration

Make your office warm and comfy by adding a touch of décor to it. Feel free to accessorize, only make sure not to over decorate it since it can become visually distracting. Flowers are always a lovely detail in any room, same as few dear photos, framed and placed strategically. If you happen to be an art lover, hang a nice picture on a wall that will be a sight for your sore eyes after hours of exhausting work. Although it is a place of work, home office needs to have a personal touch and to reflect your style. It is your space, so make it cozy and according to your taste.

Conclusion

Establishing a home office is a great way to achieve perfect work-home balance, as long as you remember not to start living in your office or work in your living room. Set your working hours and make sure not to allow your work to take over your life, even though it took over some of your home. Work smart, not hard and set up the perfect office that will keep you productive.

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8 thoughts on “5 Important things to consider before you start working from home

    Cheni Adukia

    (May 23, 2018 - 12:55 pm)

    These are some really important things I missed on considering before I started working from home. Thankyou for sharing, I will incorporate this in my life.

    Deepa

    (May 24, 2018 - 8:27 am)

    These are some great tips for anyone working from home. I liked the idea of decoration and going to implement it soon.
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    LeeAnah James

    (May 24, 2018 - 11:01 am)

    It is so important to take steps to make your workplace inviting. The only way to be successful working from home is to create a space where you can actually get work done.

    Hema

    (May 24, 2018 - 11:13 am)

    I work from home and make sure I work comfortably. These are very helpful tips. I think I need to pay a little attention on decoration

    anupriya

    (May 24, 2018 - 1:36 pm)

    I have been planning to create a work space for myself in my home for long now. Your tips will come in handy when I finally do.
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    Rhea

    (May 24, 2018 - 6:55 pm)

    Such wonderful tips for people who work (or want to) from home.The setting and the vibes the office area gives off is so important for productivity.
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    Erika Ann

    (June 14, 2018 - 12:04 pm)

    Working at home really has a lot of perks. I just started working from home and these tips are really useful! Aside from working at home I also go out and work at coworking spaces to meet some new people and connect. Sometimes, working at home can be boring that’s why I go out and meet new people.
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    DigiNekt

    (June 22, 2018 - 12:38 pm)

    Sounds good, Thanks for the sharing this post.
    Keep sharing your post.

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