This year, our work environments have looked a lot different than we are used to. For the better part of the year, a majority of people have experienced working from home for the very first time. We all got to learn very quickly that an in-office workspace and a home workspace are two incredibly different working experiences. With the added distractions of new “co-workers,” online meetings and adapting to a whole new work life, the best thing you can do for yourself is to optimize your home office.
Here are some simple and effective tips to help you get the most out of your home work space!
Do not underestimate the power of adding live plants to your workspace. Not only do they improve air quality, but live plants also supply calming effects to any environment. Plants have actually been proved to not only reduce stress, but also boost productivity!
Design a Nonwork Space
It can be overwhelming to walk into a room with only a desk and a chair and carry out a full work day. Create a space that is not designed specifically for work, for example, add a lamp and chair to create a reading nook or meditation space. This not only reminds you to take breaks throughout the day, but also helps prevent you from sitting at a desk in front of a computer all day as well.
Set Work-Life Boundaries
One of the most difficult aspects of working from home is the lack of structure, which can cause an overlapping between work life and home life that was not there before. Recreate some of that office structure by setting specific working hours (and sticking to them!), closing the door to avoid outside distractions, avoid eating or taking breaks in your office space and stick to your set routine to keep your working week consistent and more productive.
Utilize the Power of Scent
Scent is one of the most undervalued tools for enhancing focus and productivity. With the help of scented candles or essential oils, you can easily create an environment that subconsciously helps set you up for a more effective work day.
Make it Your Own
Just like you add things like photos and art to your office workspace, do not let the fact that you are in your house stop you from doing this in your home workspace! Little things like adding decorations can actually make a huge difference when it comes to your work environment. If you are spending most of your day in this space, for most of the week, make it your own and a space you can enjoy being in!
Brighten It Up
Proper lighting is essential when it comes to an office. Dark spaces can lower energy levels, strain your eyes and make it harder to focus. Whether it is natural light or lamps, brightening up your space is not only healthy for your eyes and increases productivity, but it also supports your mental health too!
These simple tips may seem small, but will make a world of difference when it comes to getting the most out of your home office!