How to Create a Home Office Space Designed for Productivity

There are plenty of touted benefits to remote work. To name a few, people report feeling less stress, enjoy a more flexible schedule, and can often get more done on account of having fewer distractions to navigate.

On the flip side though, the responsibility falls on you to self-manage your time. In addition to finding space in your home that’s conducive to getting things done.

Not everyone has the luxury of a home office but even so, anywhere can feel like “work” with a little bit of creativity and an open mind. Keep these tips in mind for designing a space that fosters your productivity.

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of a Good Chair

While regular breaks and walks around the block are always encouraged, the reality of remote work entails plenty of sitting in one place for extended periods of time. In addition to plenty of discomforts as a result.

You’re your most productive self when not only focused but comfortable. Make sure the office chair you’re using is supportive of that.

Invest in Quality Lighting

Believe it or not, the glow of your computer screen does not fall in the “quality lighting” category. Why is that important? Because bad lighting may be hurting your ability to get things done.

Whether it’s an added desk lamp or something more technical, invest in lighting that’ll brighten up your workdays. It’ll go a long way in boosting your output and putting your best foot forward during virtual meetings.

Limit Your Proximity to Distractions

Do you know that saying, “out of sight, out of mind”? Well, as it relates to distractions in your home office space, think of it as your new motto.

If you’re easily tempted by the TV, it’s probably not a good idea to set your laptop up right in front of it. The same goes for your phone. If you find yourself taking peeks at it every 15-minute, physically remove it from your surroundings, only checking it during scheduled breaks throughout the day.

Rid Your Workspace of Non-essentials

It’s hard to think clearly about the work in front of you when your desk space is cluttered. Disorganization is disorganization, even for those who’d prefer to otherwise define it as “creative genius” and “artistic vision”.

Give yourself enough clean and non-cluttered space to think clearly. Digitize your paperwork, put a limit on desk tchotchkes, and prioritize office supplies that are most essential to helping you get your job done.

By Staples Canada

April 09, 2020