Working from home isn’t a trend for a select few anymore. After the last few years, it’s become a steady way of life for a majority of people, many of whom are working at home on a permanent basis from now on. One thing we’ve all learned over the past year is that, to be as productive as possible when working at home, you really need to create a unique home office. Having an area that defines where you work and separates it from where you live is vital to living and working productively at home.
Create the best home office for you
Your home office can be a second space with a door you can close or just a spot in your home where you can sit down, answer your e-mails, take a Zoom call, and stay organized every day. If you want to create a home office that’s unique, something that will be your favourite room in the entire house, here’s how to set up the best home office for you.
Choose your desk
In any home office, the desk is the best place to start. I really believe that a desk will dictate the style and flow of your home office, and there are different types of desks to suit every style. You’ll want to choose one you like the look of, but something that works in your room, too.
There are so many different desks it’s going to be hard to choose, but if you pick your desk first the rest of the room will fall together quickly.
Find a comfy chair
You’ll be spending a lot of time in your office chair, so it should be comfortable. When you work at home and you have a hard office chair, it’s all too tempting to move over to your couch. Couches lead to naps, and naps, however nice, can seriously slow you down work-wise. That’s why having a good desk chair actually increases productivity.
There are as many different types of desk chairs as there are desks. Maybe you’ll choose an executive leather chair or a bold velvet chair; whichever you choose you’ll want to make sure it’s something you can sit in for a few hours at a time.
Bookcases keep your home office organized
Bookcases are easily one of my favourite pieces of furniture. They control clutter because they hold all your favourite collectibles, books, and other things you like to see during the day. They are the perfect backdrop for Zoom calls, and they are a great place to put a lamp or two for extra ambiance.
If you have space I’d recommend adding several bookcases. You could even do an entire wall and have your bookcases styled so they look built-in. If you have a small room you may want to opt for open bookcases with no back paneling, just to create a more open look.
Filing cabinets are still a must-have
I can’t imagine life without a filing cabinet. If you look at other people’s home offices on Zoom, you’ll probably see a filing cabinet in the corner too. They are a vital part of any work-at-home space because they keep every piece of paperwork, every receipt, and even your kid’s artwork in a neat and tidy space.
Tech for working at home
Beyond a laptop and a printer, there are a few pieces of tech that have made working at home so much easier over the past year.
Webcams are a must-have if you frequently meet with coworkers on Zoom. If your laptop doesn’t have one built-in, there are several great options you can choose from. Take a look at this post on how to choose a great webcam.
Selfie Ring lights light up your home office
What was life like before Selfie Ring lights? Video calls were often too dark and you were stuck with a harsh glare overhead or a sidelight that didn’t quite show your best side. A ring light will hold your camera or phone if you’re making a video, and you can use the light to put the focus on you instead of the shadows in the room.
Headsets for video calls
You aren’t going to be able to answer your coworker’s questions if you can’t hear them, so a headset is a great addition to your home office. You can plugin and listen carefully to any video calls, and in your downtime use them to stream music to boost your concentration.
You can stream your favourite music from your computer speakers, but it won’t sound as good as it would on a Bluetooth speaker. They are portable, easy to carry around if you want to take them with you when you leave home, and there are quite a few different ‘concentration’ playlists you can use to help with your focus. Streaming music can make your day feel happier and more productive.
Tips for creating an inviting workspace in your home office
When you’re tired of staring at the same four walls every day, overhauling your home office feels like you threw open the windows and let spring air in. Once you’re finished setting up the main parts of your home office, there are a few ways you can make it more inviting.
Tap into aromatherapy
An aromatherapy device can work at different timed intervals, so you can set it to turn on before you head into your home office in the morning and you’ll be greeted by a revitalizing scent. Scents like citrus can help you wake up, while a burst of lavender can signal it’s time to close up for the day.
Schedule your breaks
You don’t want your home office to be a door you dread opening every day, so it helps if you set timers and boundaries for your day. You can use a smart display and voice assistant to alert you to when it’s time to take a break, or use it to do a guided 5-minute deep breathing exercise.
Create the best home office for you
You should love your home office and find your time spent there is productive. After more than a year of working at home, there has never been a better time to refresh your entire home office and find better ways to make your space work for you and your job. You can get started by taking a look at all of the home office and organization products available right now on Best Buy.