There are millions of people who work in bland corporate offices around the world. Some have painfully long commute times on crowded highways or subway systems. Others are packed into cubical farms like sardines. The walls are white, the floors are dull, and the environment is anything but inspiring.
If your corporate environment is not like this, you’re lucky! But if you don’t have to leave the house to go to work, you’re even luckier. Many professionals have realized the perks of working from home, even if it’s just a few hours or days a week. There is no commuting (which saves time and money), it’s a less stressful working environment, and is more comfortable overall than a corporate setting.
Do you work from home? Do you need to set up a functional office space? Or do you just need a quiet place away from the rest of the house to do your bills and other tasks? Regardless of your situation, a home office is an essential element to a successful working environment. Your specific needs will vary if you run a business from home, if you need a meeting space for clients, or if you’re a freelancer with a simple laptop, but the essential functionality of your home office is a key point for every situation.
Pick Your Place
The first step in setting up your home office can be a puzzling task depending on the layout and square footage of your home. If you live in a small apartment, you’ll need to get creative with the available nooks and crannies. If you live in a suburban castle, the choices can be seemingly endless. Regardless of where you set up shop, it will need to be comfortable, inviting, and above all else, functional. And if you decide at some point in the future this particular space isn’t working for you, move it somewhere else! That’s the beauty of a home office—you get to decide what works for YOU!
Design to Your Style
One of the biggest perks of having a home office is that the design is completely your choice. You don’t have a boss who limits your creative expression or a coworker who hates the smell of fresh flowers. (Another working-from-home perk—no cranky coworkers!) Once you have chosen your home office location, decide which design elements would make this space visually appealing. If it’s pictures of your friends and family, hang as many on the walls as you can fit. If it’s a lime green accent wall, get your paintbrushes out. And if it’s a bearskin rug then by all means, channel your inner Davy Crockett. You can do whatever you choose, so go ahead and design a space that would get a big no-no in a corporate office.
Set a Schedule
Working from home doesn’t necessarily mean “work whenever you feel like it.” You’ll most likely have deadlines and coworkers depending on you to be available during regular business hours, so make it a point to get up and show up on time. Flexibility is a perk of home-office life, but that benefit should not be abused or cause your work to suffer. Plus, having a regular schedule makes you more productive. If you get in the habit of a 5:00 p.m. quitting time, you are more likely to be intentional with your work throughout the day so you aren’t stuck working all night. Plus, having designated work hours will discourage you from working more than necessary simply because the location is convenient. You have to tell yourself when you can work, and when it’s time to shut down and relax. And for the love of Pete–setting a schedule also means making time for a shower and changing out of your pajamas. Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you can look and smell like you haven’t left the house in days (even if you haven’t)!
Separate Church and State
It’s ideal that your home office has a separate entrance designated for only you and any clients you need to meet with. This not only serves as a professional reception area, but also mentally establishes to your family members or roommates that your office space is for working, not just for play. They will be less inclined to disturb you during working hours if they perceive your office as a working space. If a separate entrance isn’t possible, use a spare bedroom that has a door. Try putting a sign on the door that indicates when you do and do not want company if a closed door isn’t clear enough of a signal for pesky disturbances. If you’re in a small apartment without an extra room to spare, a decorative partition screen is an affordable and feasible alternative to gain some separation. The main objective is to make a clear physical boundary so both you and your family members know that your home office is not just another room in the house–it’s your work domain where business needs to get done.
Keep it Quiet
A home office might not be the quietest option if you have children screaming, dogs barking, or live in a noisy urban neighborhood, but there are steps you can take to reduce the sound you hear while you work. Wall-to-wall carpet helps buffer noise, as do area rugs if you have solid-surface floors. Investing in a pair of noise-canceling headphones might be your best option if you need absolute peace and quiet to concentrate. You can either listen to music, or to pure silence if that’s what’s best for you.
A home office isn’t for everyone, but if you’re lucky enough to take advantage of this working arrangement, make the most of it. After all—when you’re at home, you’re the boss! Let The Adler Home Team know what kind of a home office you are looking for and we’ll track down the perfect fit.
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Author:Jeff Adler Phone: 201-819-3309 Dated: September 28th 2015 Views: 162 About Jeff: When looking to buy or sell in Northern New Jersey, you can rely on The Adler Home Team and their in...
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