Working from home is now the new normal for millions of people and lessons learned from the past year have been eye-opening for employers and employees alike.
- People who never before worked from home have discovered that it’s a positive change.
- Remote workers report being more productive with no commute time and fewer distractions.
- Employers have realized they can save money on facilities costs with a smaller in-office workforce, and they like that.
If you’re one who transitioned from a cushy office to the dining room table and returning to that office is not in the near future, maybe it’s time to take steps to create a custom home office that inspires, improves production, and sparks joy as you continue to work from home.
Your home office should be a welcoming place with the comforts of home and the efficiency of an office
Find your optimum workflow
Depending on what you do, you may need lots of desktop space to accommodate various equipment, including multiple computers, monitors, and printers. Or, wall-mounted whiteboards to strategize and visualize ideas. A Tailored Living® design expert can help you configure your office space for maximum efficiency so you will have the physical space and accommodations to work uninterrupted, letting you effortlessly go from task to task.
Custom home office design ensures you have sufficient workspace compatible with your specific needs
- Configure desktop space so your necessary equipment is positioned for optimum workflow, including the option to alternate between sitting and a stand-up desk.
- Countertops can be desk space or an integrated conference table, with custom heights for short or tall people.
- Cabinets, drawers, and shelves can accommodate your personal work style with everything behind closed doors or with open shelves and bins for a more casual atmosphere.
- Utilizing vertical space ensures plenty of storage and organizational space for getting things up and off the desktop to eliminate feeling crowded.
- Optional locking cabinets and drawers provide security for important documents or expensive equipment.
Technology designed for efficiency
One of the perks of working in a commercial office is an IT team on hand which you won’t have at home. To keep efficiency and productivity at their peak, make sure you have the best technology options working for you. If your office setup was more powerful than you have at home, see if your employer will work with you for the latest and greatest so you can do your job better for their benefit as well as yours! Here are some suggested office upgrades from other remote workers that helped them up their game working at home.
Enhance your work experience with technology upgrades like smart assistants, expanded monitor capability, and portable power
- A fast, wireless router you can count on.
- A new, super-fast computer or, if that’s not an option, upgrade RAM and memory for maximum speed and efficiency to handle all the programs you run.
- Quality speakers so virtual meetings come in loud and clear, as well as music and podcasts.
- Dual monitors reportedly save time and increase productivity so add a second monitor if you work off a laptop or have just one monitor for a desktop computer. A dual monitor stand means you won’t lose workspace.
- Smart assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant can help you set appointments, book recurring meetings, make to-do lists, and set up calls.
- Charging accessories so all your devices are fully powered at home or on the go. Available with multiple ports and quick-charge capabilities, like the PowerCore Fusion 2-in-1 portable battery and dual-port wall charger for phones, tablets, GPSs, and any other USB devices.
Work in comfort every day
Another element of an office that sparks joy is comfort. When ergonomic considerations are part of your home office design, you’ll get more work done and still feel good at the end of the day with energy left over for family and fun. Make comfort a priority from the furniture to the lighting and temperature and workdays will be less stressful.
Comfortable office space is possible even in a dual-purpose room with a Murphy Bed tucked away in the cabinet until the room is needed as a guest room
- A comfortable ergonomic chair is a must to prevent fatigue and aches and pains.
- Incorporate a standing desk as part of the design or opt for a portable one to change up your work stance during the day.
- An ergonomic keyboard gives your wrists proper support and helps eliminate tension in the shoulders. Check out Best Ergonomic Keyboards of 2021.
- Reduce computer screen glare and headaches with a balance of natural light and artificial light, including accessory under-cabinet LED task lighting over your primary workspace.
- Temperature control will ensure that it’s not too hot or too cold to concentrate, and the use of personal fans and space heaters can supplement a heating and air system that fluctuates out of your comfort zone.
Structure your workday for a healthy work/life balance
Even with comfort, space, and technology issues settled, working from home can be difficult if you don’t take charge of your workday. Without discipline and focus it’s easy to be distracted, and your surroundings can either help or hinder your ability to concentrate. Here are some ideas to help you better structure your time and create a work environment that sets you up for success every day.
- Schedule regular start and stop work times. There will occasionally be exceptions, but you’ll get more done by keeping to a schedule.
- A “To Do” list for each day will help to focus on priority tasks and crossing off completed items is a great feeling!
- Incorporate regular breaks into your workday to check Facebook or answer personal email rather than responding to every alert.
- Play music or white noise (like ocean waves or rain forest) to block out distracting outside sounds.
- If so inclined, use fragrance to create a mood with candles or essential oils: Lavender to reduce stress, Peppermint for mind stimulation, and lemon or coffee to energize.
- Always take a lunch break to refresh and refuel. Eat light, walk the dog, do some yoga, or start that load of laundry that keeps calling your name.
Your success is our joy
Whatever your home office size, your local Tailored Living professional designer will help you get the very most out of your space. By custom designing for your specific needs, you’ll be able to work more efficiently with maximized space, ergonomic design for comfort and productivity, efficient storage and organization, and styles, finishes, and colors to match your home’s décor.
Efficiency in a small space is the hallmark of custom home office design
Don’t let your job or your nerves suffer another day because you’re still trying to find “what works” for successfully working from home. Call 866-712-3404 today or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find a designer near you and schedule a free, in-home, or virtual* consultation to discuss the options for a custom, tailored-made home office you will enjoy.
*Virtual consultations are not available at all locations.