There’s no nicer feeling than being able to work from home, as this way, you can exchange the daily congested commute that takes up so much time and often costs quite a lot of money too for a simple stroll from your bedroom to your home office.
Yet, working from home isn’t always as productive as working from an office outside of your home. Indeed, there are many distractions to be found when working from home which is why it’s important to set up a productive home office environment that allows you to focus and get to work - rather than respond to family requests, or get sucked into the enticing distractions of activities such as cooking, cleaning and watching a quick episode of Netflix which has a propensity to snowball into a whole series, if you’re not careful.
Therefore, whilst working from home can be beneficial in terms of cost, lifestyle and productivity there are risks associated that must be mitigated. In fact, one of the biggest risks of working from home is that of isolation - it can feel very isolating and lonely to work from home, as often, it means you are without human interaction and life can start to feel like Quasimodo in his tower - no matter how wonderful your office furniture is, if you feel trapped, you will feel restless and therefore it’s important to balance working from home with other activities that get you out and about.
Now that we’ve established some of the issues let’s take a look at the three most important factors when it comes to setting up a productive home office environment.
1. Separate the Office from the Home
It’s vitally important that you view your home office as something separate to your home, as this way, you will condition your brain to get into a particular state that is conducive to being productive when in your office - and allow yourself to unwind and relax when in your home.
Many people find themselves working from their laptop in bed, and whilst this can feel cosy and luxurious at first, it’s a bad idea in terms of your happiness and productivity - for it blurs the boundaries between “rest and work”. It’s therefore important you create an emotional separation from your home and your home office, and the best way to do this is by creating a separate physical space.
2. Make it Comfortable
Chances are, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in this space, so you want to make it as comfortable as possible… for nobody likes to work in an environment that feels uncomfortable.
The next aspect, and perhaps as important an aspect as making it comfortable is to ensure you keep the space clutter free. This means, setting it up as a proper office space rather than an extension of your family home - ensuring a clear desk policy and keeping the walls clutter free of family photos and the like. You want this space to be purely for work, so keep it as light, bright and clutter free as possible.