When creating a home-work space, professionals and the experts agree on several key elements your space must have. Here are 10 things to keep in mind.
No. 1: Give yourself some space.
OK, OK, if you live in New York, Washington, or any other pricey city and don’t make a Wall Street salary, your “space” may consist of 700 square feet – or less – in some cases. Whatever the footage, ensure that your “office” is separate from the rest of your living area to ensure a bit of that home-office divide.
No. 2: Buy a good chair.
Nothing spells “future physical therapy” and “chiropractor bills” like a bad seat.
No. 3: Think about height.
Whether it be your chair, your desk, keyboard, etc… all items need to be the proper height and position to make sure your body is aligned in ergonomically correct fashion. If something is too low, it could cause you to slouch; if it’s too high, it could cause strain on the neck and shoulders.
No. 4: Lose the tube.
If you’re like most people, watching “24” reruns or the latest episode of “Glee” is distracting. That’s why most home-office design experts advise against having the device in your home office
. If you need it for work – keep it on FOXBusiness or another work-related channel. No Lifetimespecials.
No. 5: Let in the light.
Nothing spells d-e-p-r-e-s-s-i-o-n like working in an office eight or more hours a day with no natural sunlight. Soft light is good, but make sure it is not so soft it makes you want to snooze.
“Leave fluorescent and musak for the corporate environment,” said Jeff Zbar, founder of ChiefHomeOfficer.com.
No. 6: Get a room with a view.
Placing your desk near the window allows you to let in some fresh air, and can keep you calm and focused. However, this one of course depends on your surroundings. When that deadline is fast approaching, a serene view of a yard or trees would be far more calming than that of rush-hour city traffic.
No. 7: Play some tunes.
Many people with home offices listen to music while they work to soothe and keep them calm when under tights deadlines. Or, alternatively, playing rock ‘n roll tunes may help pump you up — to get revved up to get that assignment finished.
No. 8: Make sure there’s a door.
If you have the luxury of living in a house or apartment with separate rooms, be sure a door separates you and work from any home-life distractions.
No. 9: Have the technology you need.
This may be a fast Internet connection, big enough computer monitor, second landline in the house and office, or wireless phone and headset so you can be mobile in your space.
No. 10: Un-plug From “Home”
Make sure your setup allows you to avoid being distracted by “home” and the chores awaiting you there. Lisa Kanarek, a home office expert and author and founder of WorkingNaked.com, said: “Throwing in a load of laundry before you get to your home office is fine. But when one personal task leads to another, you’ll have a day filled with personal tasks and no work.”