CHOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT HOME OFFICE
Whether you’re working remotely or setting up in business for yourself, creating a home office space is paramount to your capacity to yield consistent work! It’s time to kick it up a notch and create a home office space that enables you to maximise your productivity, stay inspired, and keep focused on your goals.
By creating a specific space for your home office, you will start to associate it with work and productivity. Working here will become routine, you’ll know where everything is, and you’ll get a heck of a lot more done without distractions! Having a dedicated home office space, with all your gear in it ready to go, is the best way to supercharge your productivity.
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The physical things in your office space are the essentials. Often small things can make a big difference to the organisation and productivity of your workspace.
Here are my top tips to help you create the perfect home office space.
CHOOSE AN OFFICE SPACE
When choosing the spot in your home that will be your office, choose a space with plenty of privacy and quiet. You’ll need a quiet space to work and you’ll want to make sure your office is private. Your office space also needs to be separate from where you lounge, relax and hang with your family.
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Keep your office space professional in vibe and appearance. You’ll be so much more productive if you create a space solely for work, aside from the rest of your home, which is mainly for comfort.
What if I don’t have an office space or a designated area?
Create one! You may not have a spare room to call your office, but you can still create a professional workspace out of the space you have. Choose a spot that is comfortable, yet distinguished. A place free from major distractions and noise. A spot to keep your computer and all of your office supplies.
This spot in your home will be the place you associate with work, not play. Just remember how important it is to designate a place where you can call your office. It’s your creative space to be your best, most productive self.
START WITH THE BASICS
You’ll need a desk that’s is roomy enough to work on. Preferably a desk with drawers to keep storage and office supplies in. A comfortable chair with back support is so important. These two are the bare basics of an office. You’ll spend a lot of time here, make sure you’re comfortable!
Next, if you are going to invest money into your business, invest in the basics. Make sure your laptop is in excellent working condition and make sure you have an interest service provider. If WIFI is slowing you down, then that needs to be fixed. Think practically when it comes to the basics of your home office. There are non-negotiables you shouldn’t scrimp on.
Make sure you’re comfortable, make sure you are working efficiently with fast internet and computer equipment that fits all of your needs. Paint the walls a colour that motivates you and boosts your mood. A cheery colour can brighten a boring office. Make sure you love the look and feel of your home office because you will be spending a lot of time here.
If you access to a view, position your office furniture so you can face the view. You might need a few moments out of the day to glance at something besides your work. Hanging pictures and keeping beautiful décor in your office also adds an element of style and charm.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT LIGHTING
Your home office needs proper lighting. It’s best to have a window or two in your home office. Natural light is best for working! Let the sunlight into your office as much as possible. Keep your office bright with natural light, but you can also use overhead lights or desk lamps. Just make sure your office is bright and sunny, which will keep you going all day long!
SET OFFICE HOURS
Working from home is an amazing way to create your own freedom and work the hours you want to work, but you also need to create a fair balance. Depending on your habits, it can be easy to dive into work and you find yourself working a 12 hour day. Or, perhaps you find it harder to self-start and it’s hard to get yourself into work-mode! Either way, set yourself up for success by keeping and maintaining boundaries.
Set hours for yourself so you and your clients know when it’s quitting time! The main reason you started working from home was more freedom, so make sure that standard stays true to you! Set the hours you want to work.
Make sure you invest in the foundation of your office. Your storage space is important to create a space worthy of the workflow. Bins, shelves, and drawers are important to keep your office supplies in order. Make sure your space works for you! A clutter-free workspace is fundamental for productivity and efficiency.
GET A DESK PAD
These large pads are excellent for keeping all information together. I use my bullet journal, so most of the time my goals and lists are kept in there, but I love having a desk pad for taking notes, and getting my thoughts in order. Mine has the days of the week on, an extra section for next week, and a notes section.
Tip: At the start of the week, take your large goals and break them down into smaller manageable pieces that are distributed through the week on your to-do list or desk pad. It really does help organisation and productivity. You know what you are doing and where you are heading.
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GET A WALL PLANNER
This helps with an overview of what you have coming up throughout the year. A wall planner is also great for noting down qualitative targets. A friend of mine is a face painter and she uses her board to note down when she has an event to attend. Over the year she is watching her business grow and the number of events she attends rise.
Highlight specific days and targets with fun coloured stickers and decorate it any way you want. Indulge in your stationary addiction. Pens, paper tape, scissors, a hole-punch, stapler, ruler and receipt book are all essentials for your office.
Use a fancy mug to keep your pens in. Use beautiful paper to write on. Sometimes, just loving your office supplies is enough to want to use them all day! Even if you have these things already in your home, keep them all in one place in your home office or buy a second set of essentials.
As well as the physical things that you need for setting up your home office, it is also helpful to make sure that your space is filled with things that inspire and motivate you. This could include:
Things from your past that mean something to you
- Gifts that you treasure
- Logos and branding for your business
- Symbols that represent you and what you would like to achieve
- Affirmations in a visual or written form Inspirational Images
- Who has done or is doing something similar to you well? If they inspire you, buy and print their work and products to stick on to the walls in your working space.
- If you are a crafter or an artist you could use images from nature to inspire and stimulate creativity.
- Maybe you are a life coach, in which case you could surround yourself with pictures or quotes from people that you have helped.
Include your vision board if you have one, with pictures of these things on, along with where you want to be.
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Surrounding yourself with positive and motivational things will remind you of where you are heading and keep you focused on your goals. Remember most of all to be thrifty, shop around, and see what is already in the house.
In addition, if you have an old folder with characters that have gone out of fashion, why not decorate it? Use your logo and the colours of your brand. You could even decorate it with your vision board images so every time you open your folder to file something you have a constant reminder of your goals and where you’d like to be.
You could also use decorative glasses or old jars to hold pens and stationary or print out your own desk pads and to do lists.
3 things you can do right now to start setting up your office space:
Start by preparing the room or space you are going to be using. Make sure this is tidy and clutter free.
Have a search around the house for your stationary essentials and files you could use in your office.
If you haven’t already, put together a vision board, affirmations, and inspiration pictures. You can print, draw, or cut these out of magazines. Keep focused on positive and motivational quotes and pictures you can add to your collage. Laminate this if you can and pop it somewhere that you will see it every day in your office space.
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I hope this post has given you some inspiration to set up your own office space in a way that will maximise your productivity and have you crushing your goals?
Do you use any of these ideas already, how’s it going? Tell me down below 🙂
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