Now that so many of us have settled in to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time to consider optimizing your home office to make remote working more productive and enjoyable. If you’re coasting with the blur effect when video conferencing, now’s the time to revamp your home office space.
Whether it’s a desktop background with an encouraging slogan or a full-out mood board, it helps to keep reminders that uplift and inspire you throughout the stay-at-home workday. What matters is surrounding yourself with things that make you happy. For instance, why not upgrade your office chair to one that will make you smile each time you sit down? We love this piece that Anita Yokota incorporated in her recent home office redesign.
It’s not just feng shui: plants come with a multitude of benefits for full-time remote workers. Not only do many varieties clean the air, they also help to increase productivity, reduce stress, and boost creativity. By bringing nature inside, you plant seeds of happiness in your workday.
Speaking of nature, try to take a socially distanced walk to break up the day. Work-life balance is important and getting some fresh air and movement on your lunch hour will likely result in a boost of productivity in the afternoon. If you can, set up shop on your porch or patio for a nice break. It would be easy to happily chug away while sitting on this outdoor sectional! Bonus: because the cushions are Sunbrella, you don’t have to worry about ink or coffee stains ruining your workflow.
Keep It Light and Bright
Plants aren’t the only ones that need light, so do you! If you can, position your office in a room with natural light. If that’s not possible, make sure to have a lamp on your desk. It’s amazing what a difference it can make in your home office!
Cozy it Up
You don’t want things to be so relaxed that you lose all sense of productivity, but a harsh, undecorated office space certainly won’t help you stay cheerful while telecommuting. We recommend subtle touches that don’t take away from the overall office effect, like a luxurious rug to enjoy tapping your toes on or a cozy blanket for when it gets a bit chilly.
It’s easy to blur the lines between home and office when your commute is now within shuffle distance. By keeping things tidy and organized, you can make sure that your office space is neatly separated from the rest of your home.