2020 has been the start of something completely new for the majority of office workers. Working on remote has become the norm and companies are seeing it quite differently from now on. Whether you’re forced to it or it’s a life choice, working at home requires an fully dedicated space in your own home.
Work from home and not live at work: the perks of a separated home workspace
For many busy professionals and self-employed entrepreneurs, working at home is the living the dream. For many others, since the pandemic, it’s a mandatory new experience, that can be quite disorienting. How do you keep work out of your personal life when it invites itself into your home? Well, you create mental and physical boundaries. You create a workspace at home, that will allow you to stay entirely focus during work hours, and forget about work responsibilities as soon as you leave that room.
Of course, not everybody can have a spare room to set up an office. Don’t worry, if you have some home space in your living room or a good chair in your dining room, just follow thos rules of thumb to get your home workspace.
Basics for great home workspace ideas
1. Find your spot
First things first, you need to find your special room or space. The one that is going to be forbiden for your kids to come, the one where you’re gonna spend most of your day. Separating spaces are always the best but even if you decide to work on the kitchen counter, it’s fine as long as you have the space to set up your basics work furnitures.
If you live in a studio, keep your back to the bed! Research studio apartment layout plans; you will see that work space faces away from sleeping space. Even better, consider a space-saving bunk arrangement with the desk below, and all that lovely eye-level wall space for storage.
If you have an office alcove, such as under the stairs or under a bunk, consider color-coding everything – even the walls – in your preferred office environment. Just make sure it contrasts enough with your living space to help keep you feeling focused.
2. Get comfy
To set up your work station (where you’re gonna stay full time!), find a large enough desk that can receive your keyboard and mouse, laptop and all your work furnitures. Instal this desk on a bright spot in the room, it’s always better to have light when you have zoom calls. Add your office chair with adjustable heights and see if you have enough space around you to move!
If you feel like you’re still not in a working environment, ad a separation from the rest of the room. You can use plants for example to delimit the work surface.
Choosing a corner can be a good way to create a work buble within your home. One of the best ways to create an office space is to invest in a corner desk so not an inch goes to waste. There’s something about the convex curve of the desk-front that also feels friendly.
3. Be tidy, always
Mixing up two areas of your daily life can quickly be messy. If you invest a few minutes in tidying your work or living space before making the transition, it will help to keep your head in the right place. That little bit of washing up? Do it, it’s finished, move on.
4. Have a break, have a walk
Don’t succumb to the temptation to move seamlessly from me-time to work-time. Just a few minutes spent outside your living space will prepare you for the day’s next task, otherwise a jumble and muddle will be your fate – and affect your work.
5. One word: organization
You may pride yourself on being brilliant at it, but when you live and work in the same space, it’s essential to keep your various roles clearly defined. Do not be tempted to wash those curtains or phone that friend during work time.
Keeping domestic tasks out of sight while you’re working is essential to avoid the displacement activity syndrome. If you must find one, tidy your office knick-knacks to make your working space calm and inviting.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Plan and organize as you would for any project; take a long look at the space available and define living/working areas and stick to them. Make sure your work space is clearly defined, even temporarily.
- Manage your time wisely; forget multi-tasking and try to leave the space altogether between work-life time changes.