Will you have a perfectly productive workday, or will you struggle to succeed? The answer can be found in the habits you keep during your remote work days as well as the space you surround yourself with. It's easy to think "I'll do just fine at the dinner table" or bring your laptop to bed, but a successful remote career depends on a few careful considerations within your home office space.
ᐅ Out of Sight, Out of Mind
The latest season of your favorite show is streaming on Netflix. There's last night's leftovers in the kitchen. Your dog is lapping at your ankles… The distractions go on and on. When choosing what part of your home you'll be working from, make sure that your layout is optimized for laser-focus on the task at hand. Choose a corner desk or a writing desk that faces the wall, keeping all of the delights of home at your back.
ᐅ Layout is Key
Especially in small spaces, the right layout can make or break the productivity of your home office space. Not every space can handle a large desk in the middle of the room or a sprawling L-desk with all the bells and whistles. Purchase furniture that does double-duty with whatever space you're working in; a bookcase can be just as much of a decorative delight as it can be a place for binders, catalogs, and business books.
ᐅ Don't Supersize It
Again, especially in small spaces, bigger isn't always better. When shopping online, it's easy to overestimate the size of larger items. The tape measure is your best friend. After determining the layout that'll work best for your chosen area, measure ahead of time and only consider furniture that's within your pre-meditated sizes. It's always better to undershoot your chosen measurements than to go too far, either way.
ᐅ Choose Wisely
As you choose your furniture pieces, your choices extend far beyond the workspace right in front of you. Depending on your working style, supply stock, and documents, your storage needs will be different and dynamic. A combination of hutches, bookcases, and filing can come together to make the perfect solution. Mobile file pedestals are often a stellar choice. They can be relocated as necessary, often have a very small footprint, and can contain the right combination of file and utility drawers to keep you organized and on-task.
ᐅ Let the Light in
The best part of working from home, sweet home is the vast difference between residential and commercial lighting. At home, you're able to situate yourself closer to windows, doors, and other sources of natural light-- take advantage of it! As the sun sets, your lighting will switch to task lighting, lamps, and overhead lights that can be tailored to your senses. Choose daylight-mimicking bulbs to maintain the energy of the daytime and accent your desk with lamps that can illuminate your keyboard and documents with direct, focused light.