It was recently reported that 47% of Canadian employees work from outside their employer’s main offices for half the week or more, with 11 per cent saying they work exclusively from home. That’s a lot of home offices!
So, if we are doing a lot of work at home these days, the importance of getting that space right for maximum productivity becomes evident. Lets examine why and how to work towards the goal of creating a great home space for work.
Organization Matters When Working at Home
It’s a fact that if your home office is organized, you will be more productive. If everything is at your fingertips think of how much time you will save on a daily basis. Time to use doing other tasks or even leisure activities.
Messy work spaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless and overwhelmed. Disorganization bombards our minds with excessive stimuli causing our senses to work overtime, it distracts us by drawing our attention away from what our focus should be on and actually inhibits creativity.
Without all the everyday clutter in your office, your focus will improve. You will find it easier to prioritize and finish the day with a sense of accomplishment rather than a feeling of dread.
Comfort and Accessibility
Having all the tools that you need at your home office comfortably and conveniently placed will also contribute greatly to your physical comfort and output.
Imagine a desk and chair properly set up in front of a computer height table with ample shelving, convenient storage cubbies, plenty of counter space and all other necessities organized to be at your fingertips? Sounds like a place that may be enjoyable to work in doesn’t it?
Aesthetics and Home Value
Having an attractive, organized work space can also be a great asset to your home’s overall appeal. In an article outlining 10 ways to up the value of your home HGTV actually listed a home office as #1 calling them ” an essential parts of today’s living. ” Now that sounds like a good investment!
Where to Start
Sometimes the most daunting dilemma in getting organized is where to start. Here are a couple of tips to get you going:
- If you haven’t already, designate a space in your home that will be the office. Remember it does not have to be a whole room, it can be a partitioned space, etc. The main thing is that it allows ample space for your office equipment and enough solitude within the home that you can concentrate, natural lighting can also be great if possible.
- Tackle de-cluttering . Getting the useless disposed of so that you can find the useful is a cheap and effective first fix in getting the home office right. If you don’t use it, don’t want it, or don’t need it, get rid of it.
- Think about getting professional help for the perfect home office that suits your lifestyle. Pros will not only assist you in maximizing your space, but they can offer creative expertise. For example, what if that office space could be a multi-functional room with a Murphy bed that could serve as a guest room when needed?
Bottom Line: The home office has become the norm rather than the exception in our society. Getting it right will benefit your work and personal life, so what are you waiting for?
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