Just a year ago, working from home was considered a luxury. Today, it is more than a necessity. The pandemics shattered our world and changed it completely. Everyone that had the opportunity to work from home took it. Therefore, a lot of homes were now offices, too.
And as this trend seems that it is here to stay for a while, transforming the studio into a home office is not a bad idea. If you are one of the lucky ones to continue working and do it from the comfort and the safety of your home, take a look at the following tips about what you need to include in your home office so that you can achieve happiness and work success.
1. A Door Sign
It might come off as a naïve and a not serious thing, but having a door sign is actually an essential element whose purpose is to remind the rest of the family members that daddy or mommy is not relaxing behind the door – instead, they are working, and they need to be focused on the job.
A simple “Keep away, I’m working,” “Work time” or a more humoristic sign like “Stay Away, I’m Making Money Over Here So You Can Go to Disneyland” or “Do Not Disturb Unless You Have Pizza” can go a long way. If you think these will not bring you the peace you need, go with “Every Knock on the Door Costs $5, Every Entrance $20”. If they have some money to spend, let them in. Otherwise, they will let you do your job in peace.
2. Ergonomic Furniture
On a more serious note, ergonomic furniture is simply a must. Being comfortable is not the only benefit of having this special-kind of furniture – you will also protect your healthy posture and general health. An ergonomic chair should have a lumbar adjustment to support your inward curve of the lower back fully. It is recommended that the backseat of the chair should be 12 to 19 inches wide.
On the other hand, your ergonomic workstation where your computer is placed should be a desk with a stable work surface that doesn’t bounce or wobble. It also needs to be spacious enough to fit your monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Moreover, your monitor must be positioned at the length of a whole arm, and your legs should be able to freely slide under the desk.
The health benefits are enormous and include fixing the posture, realigning the spine, preventing arthritis, and reducing the possibility of a work-related injury.
3. Files Organisation System
This is an essential element that consists of several parts. You need a filing cabinet or a box where all the files will go, folders for hanging the files, a desktop file holder, a shredder, a recycling bin, labeling markers or pens, tape, scissors, and a stapler. By having all of this, you will be able to organise your files neatly, and you will always have the needed document at hand.
4. A Motivational Quote on the Wall
It is always a good idea to have your favourite motto or quote, reminding you why you are doing what you are doing at the moment, especially in times when frustration levels and blockades are high. For that purpose, have your favourite quote motivating and inspiring you framed in a beautiful frame on the desk or hung on the wall. If you don’t have such a quote, here are some to get inspired:
- Work hard, give your best, you can do this, success is earned, dream big, never give up, focus, do what you love.
- Find a way, not an excuse.
- You did not wake up to be mediocre
- If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal!
- The key to success is to focus on goals, not obstacles
- Quality means doing it right when no one is looking
- and many, many more…
5. Mini Fridge / Cooler
Having a mini-fridge or a cooler in your room will be an excellent idea to keep fresh and cold drinks next to you and stay hydrated all the time during your work hours. Sure, you can leave the room and go to the kitchen, but in such a case, you should be prepared to spend a few extra minutes that you don’t have the luxury of spending on anything else except on your tasks.
6. Give the Natural Light Access
Ensure you get as much natural light as could be expected by situating your work station close to a window. Regular light will cause you to feel better, fill you with vitality, and make you more joyful. In the event that you have little window arrangements in your home, get lights with incandescent lamp bulbs as they are viewed as the most like regular lights. Additionally, you can pick furniture in white to add to the natural feel of the room.
7. Add Lots of Greenery
Including plants from different species is essentially an unquestionable requirement. The plants improve the air quality in a room, and they give you a feeling of having a place along with nature. You can pick succulents or little pruned plants in the event that you don’t have a green thumb and don’t generally like investing a lot of energy dealing with plants, as these kinds of plants are anything but difficult to keep alive. Obviously, you can pick rich greenery in a large grower on the off chance that you like to make it the focus point of the room.
8. A Burst of Your Favorite Color
Which is your preferred colour? Take a stab at including enhancing components the greatest number possible is your preferred shading. It is widely acknowledged that undertones say a great deal regarding your character, and it can improve your mood at whatever point you feel blue or defocused. Pads, covers, keepsakes, divider workmanship, and fixed in your preferred shading can put a grin all over and subliminally prepare you to complete the undertakings.
To Sum Up
It is always interesting when you develop an idea into a concept and, then, that concept becomes a reality. It is the same with designing your home office. However, a good idea is to test the waters before remodeling the room into an office by having it virtually presented to you with all the elements you want to include. This is possible by asking a virtual stager to do staging an office space for you and transform your room into space virtually. If you like what you see, you can move on to the next phase – hiring a contractor and a designer to proceed.