At work, there is only so much you can do to make it seem like your own space, so it’s only going to be a certain amount of cozy. However, your home office is quite a different story. You can take the minimalist approach or decorate with all the flair you wish, but there are a few things to consider when setting up your home office.
Consider a Standing Desk
It’s not as bad as it sounds! Most standing desks are height adjustable, and the top-grade standing desks can be converted into conventional (sit-down) desks quickly and easily. Standing desks became popular because studies showed that sitting all day may have an adverse effect on your health. A standing desk won’t make you healthy, but it may help you on your way. Plus, you couldn’t help but be more focused and productive.
Purchase a Comfortable Office Chair
You will spend very many hours in this chair, so choose carefully and invest wisely. You can spend over $2,000 on a high-end Perigold office chair. Should you? Maybe. Maybe not. That all depends on who you are and what you’ll be doing in your office. Most people find plenty of chairs for much less than that by simply taking the time to check out a few chairs in-person at the local furniture store.
Hide or Delete Wires
Buy wireless equipment anytime it’s feasible, but when it’s not, be crafty. Organize and hide those wires out of sight. Zip ties work wonders.
Use Green Plants
To spread cheer and fight stress, add a Ficus or a Boston fern. These plants not only filter the air, but they are easy to take care of. Studies showed that plants can increase productivity by as much as 15 percent.
Get Natural Light
Plain and simple: One study showed workers who get natural light sleep 46 minutes more than those who don’t. Another study showed that 40 percent of workplaces with natural light experience 3-40 percent improvements in productivity. Get natural light!
Get Ambient Lights
Inevitably, nightfall will come before you’ve finished your project at some point. Use LED lights. Consider LED rope lights. Also, choose a nice lamp for highly-focused light.
Separate Work and Living Areas
In theory, it’s great to make money in your underwear. However, in reality, life rarely works that way. Because our brains tend to associate a certain state of undress with ‘taking it easy’, it’s best to dress for the office, so that our brains associate with production and getting lots of work done. That way, we are likely to accomplish more and make a happy, productive, and money-making day of it.