Think about it, companies like Herman Miller are able to command $1000 for just a chair. Big corporations like Google, Facebook, etc. spend a significant amount of time designing their offices.
Why do they do that?
It’s because they have realized that the spaces in which we spend a lot of time in, changes the way we work. If your office is messy and looks unorganized, that’s how the employees in that company would work. That’s the reason why you see there’s always some kind of order in every office space. Whether that’s an open office or a cubicle.
And now that a lot of people are starting to work from home, it’s time you brought some of those principles into your home office so you can be more efficient.
The goal behind designing and furnishing your home office should be to make it so that you are as productive as possible. So without any further ado, let’s jump right into it.
Most people think that in order to have a good home office, you need to have a separate room, or something that separates you from the rest of your house so you can work in peace. And while that is a good idea, it doesn’t have to be like that. Remember, everyone is different. Maybe some people prefer to work with other people around so they can have a fun time with them while focusing on the task at hand.
And others that are like me, like to have a quiet space to concentrate on the things we’re doing.
So ask yourself – do you find yourself being more productive in environments in which you can hear other people’s conversations? Or do you like to work in a quiet place where there are no distractions?
Or maybe you just like to have some form of background noise to concentrate but not have other people around?
You also need to consider the layout of your home. If you have a spare room that you can use as a home office, then it’s a no-brainer. But if you don’t, then you have to see what area is available for you to use as a home office. Whether it’s in the kitchen, or on your front porch. Or if you need more privacy then you can convert a part of your bedroom into an office.
2. Ergonomics Over Everything
If there’s one thing I’ll recommend, it’s this – make sure you get an ergonomic chair and keyboard. You’ll be spending a lot of time sitting and working on your desk. So it makes sense to invest in high quality chair and computer peripherals that won’t hurt your posture or hands.
You have to consider the overall health of your body when thinking about this. If you’re sitting in a bad posture for 5-6 hours straight, you are bound to develop some issues later down the line. So it’s best to get these things sorted as soon as you can.
An ergonomic chair will help you fix that.
If you’re using a laptop, consider getting an external monitor so you don’t suffer from eye strain looking at all the small fonts and things. Get an ergonomic mouse like the ones from Kensington or any other company so you don’t suffer from carpal tunnel.
3. The Basics & Space to Exercise
By basics I mean things like:
And enough space for some light exercise throughout the day.
Exercise is important. In fact, I recommend setting up a timer that goes off every 30mins so you can get up and stretch your body. Sitting for long hours have a very detrimental effect on our body. Humans were made to move around.
So make sure you do that.
4. Furnish the Hell Out of It
This is the best part about having a separate room as your home office – you can furnish it exactly how you want it to be.
The idea behind this should be that it makes you feel home and want to be productive. It shouldn’t be distracting because that just defeats the whole purpose. You want to put yourself in an environment that is serene, comfortable, while also making you want to have more.
Consider adding things like plants, small bookshelves, etc. behind you because since you’ll be working from home, you want to make sure that the area behind you looks professional as well.
You don’t have to go overboard with it. As I mentioned, just adding some plants and a small bookshelf or maybe if you’re a sneakerhead, you can hang them in the background. That should be more than enough.