blog-03-week-2-jun-2016

Setting Up Your Home Office

More and more entrepreneurs continue to work from their homes these days.  This is because they do not have to worry about costs of renting a space, setting up and commuting to an office. Also, the use of technology has made it very easy for people to connect with each other no matter the time […]

More and more entrepreneurs continue to work from their homes these days.  This is because they do not have to worry about costs of renting a space, setting up and commuting to an office. Also, the use of technology has made it very easy for people to connect with each other no matter the time and space they occupy. Therefore, this serves as a better option for them. However, is your home office designed to trigger productivity? If you work from home, you owe it to yourself to establish a comfortable and productive workplace, somewhere you can step into and be willing to work.

Here are tips to follow in setting up that perfect working environment in your home:

Carve Out a Dedicated Workspace
Set up a space separate from your personal space that will be dedicated solely to work. This will allow you your privacy and help you avoid distractions. It could be a closed off room, or just the corner of a room where a desk with all your work materials are placed.

Make It Comfortable
This is where you spend a substantial amount of time so, it is important to have a comfortable chair that supports your lower back and promotes a good posture. It should be positioned at an appropriate height so you are not straining your neck or causing yourself back pain. Also, decide what kind of desk you require, if it is a small desk, large desk, desk with a dry-erase top for writing your ideas or a standing desk. What is most important is a desk that allows you to organise your pending work.

Proper Lighting
Good lighting is essential. If your space is close to a window, it will enhance the lighting. It is beneficial to have as much natural light as possible in your working area. Daylight is the most evenly balanced source of white light available.  You also need additional lighting as well. Go for daylight replicating light sources that can provide energy efficient lighting.  Note that if the lighting level is too low, it can have negative psychological effects on your mood and lead to depression.

Invest in the Right Tools
Making use of effective and efficient tools will enhance your productivity. Therefore ensure that all your equipment are working rightly. You do not need to start with every gadget available, apply the minimalistic approach. Get the basic ones you need and as time goes on, you can get more. Get all –in-one devices such as the all-in-one printer that allows you to print, scan, and photocopy documents. Also invest in portable tools (portable charger, mobile hotspot, light tablet, wireless keyboard, wireless mouse) so you can move with them easily if need to work out of your home office.

Choose the Right Colour
A University of Texas study found out that grey, beige and white colours in offices induce feelings of sadness and depression. The colour of your office has a major impact on your productivity level. Certain colours stimulate certain reactions and responses from individuals. Therefore, choose your colour wisely so it has the right effect on you. The image below shows what various colours represent:

 Other Takeaway Points:

  • Establish set hours for work to help you plan your day
  • Organise your space in a way that makes you happy and triggers your productivity. Pencil trays, business card holders and paper trays can also be used on your desk
  • Get creative with your storage by using room dividers that also function as bookcases. Wall mountable bookshelves can also be used
  • Inject your personality into the space. Put up some photos, artwork or accessories
  • Plants make people happier and reduces stress, so add some form of greenery to your space
  • Do not place overhead lighting directly above your computer screen or place your screen in front of a light source. It can cause an eyestrain
  • Keep it simple and remember, staying organised is vital to your productivity

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