In this article, I share with you some of the more important things you’ll need to keep in mind as you set up your home office.
3 Simple Ways to Spruce up Your Home Office
Your work space needs to be comfortable. Although it may be tempting to lounge on the couch while you work, it will not be good for you in the long run. Given that you’ll be spending at least a couple of hours in front of the computer, invest in some good quality furniture. You will save a lot on doctor’s bills, I assure you!
You will need a good desk and a comfortable chair. Make sure the chair’s armrests are in line with the table top. Adjust the chair so that your backrest really supports your back. A good posture now will keep you from experiencing a host of physical problems later. Also make sure you have adequate lighting in your room, and it is well-ventilated.
Keeping your work space organized will save you a lot of time in the long run. Make sure everything in your room has a designated place. That way, you know where something has to go after you’re done using it.
I maintain individual notebooks for each of my projects. You can also organize binders for each of your work projects, or do the same online. Also keep a record of your income and expenses. This will be of tremendous help when it’s tax season.
I also keep track of all my passwords in a notebook. No more forgotten passwords! You can also use an online tool like LastPass to remember all your passwords.
It is also important that you declutter often. I write a lot of my ideas on paper, so I have to periodically go through those papers and discard the ones that have been implemented, or are no longer relevant. You could also file your papers and keep it in an accessible storage space near your desk, along with other resources you refer to often.
When you’re working, it’s perfectly fine if your desk is in complete disarray. But when you’re shutting down for the day, make sure you take a few minutes to put things back and straighten up your work space, so it’s ready for you to start work the following day.
Get Technical Support
Technology has become a necessity for people working from home. Make sure you have a good computer or laptop, and a reliable internet connection. It is also wise to invest in other technical devices, for you to function well.
Some additional devices I have purchased are a printer, webcam, speaker system, a microphone and backup storage devices. Make a list of things you need, and start investing in them as soon as you get some cash flowing in from your work.
You might want to take a look at my Home Office Inspiration Pinterest board to get some more ideas on how you can design your ideal workspace.
I know this is not a comprehensive list; just a few tips of what’s worked for me when it comes to setting up a work space at home. What more would you add to the list?