Working from home can be a double edged sword. On the one hand, you are freed from your long commute, office politics and pricey lunches. On the other hand, working from the comfort of your own home means being exposed to countless distractions. But not to fear, we’ll help you unleash your inner #girlboss with these home office styling tips.
Make the most of under-utilised space
Unless you’re lucky enough to have a dedicated study room, you will need to carve out the necessary space for your home office. See if you can use under-utilised space throughout your home, such as on your landing or in an enclave somewhere in the home. A wall-mounted desk is the perfect way of squeezing a home office into the tiniest corner.
Purchase the right desk and office chair
Now that you’ve worked out where you want to set up your home office, you need to choose the right desk and chair. When choosing office furniture, you need to prioritise comfort and efficiency. Make sure your chair is ergonomic enough for a long day’s work, that your desk is at the appropriate height for you and that your mouse perfectly fits your hand.
Create a space to unwind
Your desk is where you’ll get all your writing and paperwork done, but you also need a place to think, read and unwind. Opt for a comfy armchair (with an ottoman at your feet if you want to go the extra mile!) to give yourself a spot to take thinking breaks. Taking rests as needed has been known to increase productivity, so stop feeling guilty and set up that comfy corner!
Get a good night’s sleep
When working from home, our schedules tend to go haywire. For the sake of your wellbeing, don’t be tempted to stay up to meet a deadline! Honour your body’s needs by continuing to stick to the healthy sleep routine you would follow when you worked in an office. A quality bed frame and comfortable mattress topper are sure to help.
Indoor plants have been shown to reduce stress and increase productivity, so make sure to add a few pot plants to your new office area. If you have a black thumb, artificial plants are still better than nothing, creating a serene environment thanks to their colour.
Keep inspiration near with a mood board
Keep getting writer’s block when working from home? Setting up a mood board with inspirational messages and images can help you get your thoughts flowing. The added benefit of having a physical mood board as opposed to an online one is that you won’t get distracted by everything else there is on the internet!
Decorate your space to make it your own
To get your home office feeling like a productive haven, you need to decorate it in a way that appeals to you. Some decor items that will bring endless personality to your space include sleek lamps, wall art and patterned cushions, to name just a few options.
Have healthy snacks on hand
When working from home, it’s all too easy to keep wandering to the pantry or even ordering food straight to your home. To beat the cravings, prep healthy snacks like fruit, nuts and vegie sticks ahead of time and keep them at your desk for when you need them.