More and more people are choosing to work all or part of their time from home. If you do, you’ll need to craft a space that minimizes distractions and enhances your productivity. Here are some tips for creating the professional working space you crave.
Your Bed is Not an Office
As tempting as it may be to set up your laptop on a bedside tray, you really need a place where you have easy access to office equipment, files and your phone. Bryson builders often include office space in their standard plans. These studies are set away from the common living areas, providing a quiet place to get work done. (You can still come to work in your pajamas if you want!)
Make a List
Before you set up, make a list of everything you think you will need. At minimum, this should include a desk, computer, printer and telephone. If you are a consultant, you may need to carve out space for clients to meet with you — including extra chairs. Don’t forget shelves and file cabinets.
Get the Right Equipment
First off, you need a good desk. It should be big enough for your computer, any special equipment you need to do your job and an ergonomically correct chair. Don’t skimp. You may spend as much time at your home office desk as a traditional office desk. A fast internet connection is also a must. Today’s new homes are built to handle fast internet speeds and minimize drop zones.
Embrace the Light
No one should work in the dark. It’s bad for your eyes and it’s depressing. Position your desk near windows and bask in the natural light. If you keep evening hours, invest in table lamps with nice, bright bulbs.
Stock Up on Supplies
Where do you plan to keep pens, pencils, note pads and computer paper? The last thing you want to be doing is rummaging in the junk drawer for a pen that may or may not have ink in it. If your office has a closet, keep your supplies there. If not, invest in a credenza with lots of storage space.
What Are Your Office Hours?
A perk of working from home is flexibility, but it still helps to establish regular office hours. Keeping standard office hours helps your clients know when you are available and can also help minimize distractions.