With the second half of the year well underway, and the silly season fast approaching, it’s now a good opportunity to re-focus on your career by creating a productive space for you to thrive in during the remainder of this year and into 2019.
With an increase in Australians now working from home in a full time capacity and running their own small businesses, we thought it was the ideal time to give some consideration to planning and designing your home office.
While selecting the right office furniture to create a professional feel and checking your desk chair is ergonomically fitted are standard considerations for creating a home office, there are some other aspects which can be overlooked.
Stay ahead of the curve and create your own successful home work-place with our guide to home office design below. We take you through seven simple steps to help you optimise your work space and your productivity.
Optimise Your Work Space in 7 Simple Steps
1. Clear Away Clutter
A clean desk equals a clear mind. It's impossible to think straight under a mountain of paperwork. Implementing a paperless office not only improves productivity, it's much better for the environment.
Physical clutter competes for your attention and can result in a decreased level of performance and increases stress. However, if you do a have important documents to refer to, they can be kept tidy by introducing some clever office storage solutions.
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2. Keep Clean, Tidy & Comfortable
Keep your work space dust and dirt free. Cleaning up your desk each evening upon finishing work will provide you will a clean canvas for you to get stuck into work first thing the next morning. The act of cleaning your desk each evening can also help to subconsciously cleanse the mind of any stress that maybe been felt during the day.
3. Stand Tall and Proud with a Sit Stand Desk
Work place ergonomics no longer just refer to the correct positioning and height of ones seat, monitor and keyboard. Scientific studies continue to suggest that prolonged sitting significantly increases risk for earlier death and the onset of diseases, such as cancer or cardiovascular disease. As such, height-adjustable standing desks are set to become the norm. Transitioning from seated to standing position is also said to increase productivity.
4. Create a 'Vision Board'
A vision board displays everything that inspires you, it can include goals for yourself and your business. Pin up anything that motivates you - quotes, images, or type up your goals, hopes and dreams. Display your board somewhere you can see to connect with your images and refer to them everyday.
5. Introduce Background Music.
Music helps to make repetitive tasks more enjoyable. Studies also show that listening to sift background music increases creativity and productivity. When listening to music, the brain triggers the release of the ‘pleasure chemical’ called dopamine that increases happiness.
6. Add Plants & Botanicals
Plants purify the the air and with green being the most restful colour to the human eye, evokes a sense of calm and well being. Plant pots are a great way to bring a pop of colour and vibrancy to your work space.
Not a green thumb but would still like to have some greenery dotted around the office? Faux plants are a great solution! Green is the most restful colour to the eye. It encourages mental clarity and helps to recharge and calm us so having plants in the office (whether real or faux )is advantageous.
7. Let the Sun Shine in
The health benefits of natural light over artificial are huge. Natural light promotes productivity and increases as sense of well-being and happiness as it is linked to a sense of freedom. Artificial light can cause drowsiness, induce headaches and can actually affect ones sleep in the evening also.
Wherever possible try to locate your desk beside a window, either facing the window or with the window to one side of your desk. Never sit with your back to a window as light will reflect onto your monitor screen making it difficult to view.
So now you are equipped to create the perfect office space, it's time to select a style that resonates with you. We've outlined seven awesome examples of the different types of home office styles. Which one will you choose?
We hope you found this article helpful. If you are feeling ready to lift your desk game & start building your wish list of products, then be sure and check out our Home Office Furniture products range.
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Image Credits: Top Image: Simone Augustin for Houzz | Clean Office: Avenue Design Studio | Vision Board: @tenealekaitlyn | Light Filled Office: homened.com