WORKING FROM HOME?
It’s one person’s dream and another’s nightmare: working from home. Your anything-goes dress code is accepted, but a dysfunctional home off ice with endless distractions is not. Working effectively where you eat (and sleep, and play) and luckily for you is challenging for most people. Luckily for you, I have mastered the art of working from home and have laid the groundwork for curating a space that will inspire your work, brighten your day, and soothe your senses.
The foundation of a sacred workspace is creating it in a room that you will want to work in... and more importantly, gets you out of bed in the morning. A healthy home office starts with being clean.
There's no right way or wrong way to setup your workspace, but it's important to make sure a desk not only reflects your personality but is setup to make you the most productive human on the planet. Creating an orderly environment will lead to better focus and help you execute tasks faster. It's important that every object on the desk has a "home" and that you incorporate a filing system or simply a basket to keep meeting notes, pens, etc. You can also pull up tray for keyboard for my keyboard, which also frees up space on your desk.
To limit distractions, make sure that you have all the essentials nearby, including basic stationery, notepads, paper clips, headphones, coffee mug as well as your other workday tools. I personally keep a crazy amount of water at the ready to avoid having to go into the kitchen frequently, otherwise I will snack, snack, snack. If you're like me and get easily distracted while working on the computer, try keeping as few tabs on computer as possible.
Instead of purchasing an array of eye-catching desk accessories that make your space feel disorganized, find minimalist statement pieces that match the theme of your home office. Consistency is important for creating a unified look. Keeping everything pretty and organized is important since there’s no escaping it on weekends and in the evenings. At the end of each work day tidy up your space to ensure you always start the next day off to clean and productive start.
It's important to take some time for yourself in the morning before work. Take small and frequent breaks to do five minutes of yoga or stretch. Sitting for hours with no breaks leads to a weakened body. I set reminders on my Alexa device every 3 hours to notify me that it's time to MOVE.
Plants are known for reducing airborne allergens, pollutants, and stress. Plants in the office improve air quality by removing harmful pollutant and also stabilize humidity levels. No workspace is complete without a touch of greenery and there’s many easygoing plants that can thrive indoors from natural light.
Good lighting will improve your productivity and help you focus throughout the day. Try taking advantage of the natural lighting in your home by positioning the desk close to a window. Stark fluorescent bulbs aren’t known for sparking productivity and dim lighting can lead to headaches and cause one to strain their eyes.