After the last year, more people than ever are working from home or finding a way to conduct their work remotely. But since this change in work environment wasn’t always planned or even welcome, many people essentially had to throw together a workspace without properly preparing their home for this change. However, now that many people are settling into this new way of doing things, it’s a great time to really think about how you can make your home workstation into an area that’s productive for you.
To help you in doing this, here are three ways to make your house more conducive to working from home.
Try To Keep Your Workspace Separate
Unfortunately, not everyone has the extra space in their home to create a designated workspace that’s completely separate from their living space. But whatever space you do have to work with, Adriane Aguilera, a contributor to SmallBizDaily.com, recommends that you do your best to seclude your office or workspace as much as possible.
To do this when you have limited space, try to find an area outside of your bedroom to do your work. This will help you to be more productive as well as allow you to more easily unwind at the end of the day. If this isn’t possible, another option could be to put up a partition within your room so that you’re not working next to, or even able to see, your bed. This can help mentally and physically keep your workspace separate from your living space.
Update Your Decor
For most people, the home is a place where they want to rest and relax. But when you’re creating an environment to work, you want something that’s going to be more stimulating.
Knowing this, you may want to update the decor of your home if you’re going to be working there long-term. To get the best results, Bryan Collins, a contributor to Forbes.com, suggests that you play with color and consider bringing in brighter colors and lines or shapes to your workspace. Styles like this can help with concentration and increase productivity more than neutral colors can.
Give Yourself Seating Options
While having a designated workspace at home can be great most of the time, it’s super common for people to get tired of the workspace they’re in or require a change of scenery to get a second wind.
To allow for this type of variety in your home, Marea Clark, a contributor to SFGate.com, recommends that you put some comfortable seating options, like an armchair, in your workspace and in other areas of your home. This will make it easy for you to work in different areas of your house when you’re needing some freshness.
If your home isn’t the best environment for you to be working right now, consider using the tips mentioned above to make some conscious changes that will benefit your work and your home life.