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Creating the Ideal Workspace at Home

Posted By Community Editor, Monday, February 1, 2016
Updated: Monday, March 21, 2016

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You just got a work at home job, and as tempting as it might seem, you know that working from your couch or your bed is probably not going to set you up for professional success.  Your own dedicated home workspace can help set the tone for how you approach your job each day.  Whether it’s a small dedicated space in your living room, the attic, basement or even that extra room you never use, taking time to create an ideal environment to perform your work at home will translate into professional results. 

Find the perfect workspace

Identifying the right space to work from is crucial and you want to be sure that it is a good fit with your work requirements.  When working at home, a quiet space is likely best, along with a good lighting source.  Locating your workspace near a window will allow to benefit from natural sunlight and a view of the outdoors, which can also boost your motivation.  Next, think about how to decorate the space with colors and accessories that will keep you energized and on task. 

Curate your home office environment

Think about what kind of work environment will suit your professional style and personality.  Will you do best in a minimalist space, with only your computer and a few office supplies?  Or will framed pictures of past vacations and loved ones inspire you to perform at your best?  Did you know that the color you choose for your office can affect your productivity?  Studies have shown that blue, yellow and green can all support your level of energy and ability to stay on task.  Whatever you choose, maximize your organizational skills, using shelving or cabinets as necessary to keep your area tidy and make it simple to quickly find what you need. 

Set boundaries – and stick to them

Let your family know that this is your workspace, not theirs. Communicate clearly regarding  your expectations for privacy and make sure to inform them that they need to respect that space.  Also, know that part of the work at home experience is the freedom to draft your own rulebook of do’s and don’ts so be sure to create realistic guidelines for yourself and your family that will maximize your effectiveness and ensure harmony at home.

Avoid distractions

Being close to your TV, couch or bed can very be tempting for a lot of people and we suggest trying to choose a space far from any communal areas or the living room sofa.  This will allow you to focus more of your energy on working and avoiding distractions. Besides you can always do that on your breaks.  A good pair of noise cancelling headphones can be very helpful too. 

One of the great perks of working from home is getting the chance to choose and arrange everything to your own personal taste and needs.  These decisions can help shape the experience that you have during the hours that you are performing your tasks and duties.  Find out more about working at home and connect with the community at www.wahspace.com   

 

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