Posted by Steven Sawyer on 11/11/2018

The number of American employees who work from home, at least part of the time, is increasing year after year. Some 38% of Americans say theyíre currently able to work from home at least one day a week, and that number is set to continue increasing.

Working from home can pose a few problems, however. Notably, trying to find a place within your home where you can sit down in peace and get to work.

In todayís article, weíre going to talk about home office design. So, whether youíre working from home full-time, part-time, or just want a quiet place to go over the bills in the evening, so can ensure you have the best possible environment to be productive in.

The balance between focused and comfortable

Ideally, a home office is a place that is well-lit, distraction-free, and minimal in decor. However, each of us has our own process when it comes to being productive.

So, when planning your office, itís important to choose a style that will help you work but will also make you want to spend time in the room.

Lighting conditions

Another trait of a home office that is largely dependent on your work-preferences is the lighting quality. This covers anything from the lights you use to the windows, curtains, and even the color of your walls.

If youíre the type of person who could easily fall asleep in a dimly-lit room, itís probably a good idea to choose a bright paint color and ample lighting. This is especially true for people who find themselves spending long hours in the evening.

Decorating your office

Now that youíve determined what type of home office you need, letís think about how youíre going to furnish it.

The key here is to minimize distractions. A television is probably a bad idea. But, quiet music playing on your laptop or headphones could help you focus.

In terms of decorations, a good design principle to go by is that you should decorate with a few large items rather than several small items. This will help you prevent the room from feeling cluttered.

Set yourself up for organizational success

When you envision an office, you probably picture file organizers, paper clip holders, notepads, and countless other office-related tool and accessories.

However, if you tend to do most of your work on your computer, odds are those things will just get in your way.

Instead of filling up your cart at Staples, think about the type of work youíll be doing in your home office and purchase only what you need. This will help you stay organized and help you from losing documents and losing time trying to find those documents.

With these tips in mind, youíre ready to start creating your home office haven of productivity. Be sure to check out my other posts for more tips and advice.






Posted by Steven Sawyer on 7/29/2018

Most homes have some sort of an office space set up. Whether you work from home 100% of the time, use your office space from time to time, or just need a space to pay your bills and do a bit of paperwork, your home office space should be comfortable. Youíll need a bit more than a table and chair that is shoved into a corner somewhere in your home. Here are some tips to help you create the perfect home office:


Find The Perfect Space


Youíll need to find a good space for your home office. You should choose a space that doesnít have too many distractions and is fairly quiet so that you can work. If the nature of your work requires you to have clients stop by, youíll want to set up the office much differently than if youíre a writer who just enjoys a bit of activity around them. 


Everything That You need Should Be In The Space


While home office furniture should complement furniture in other rooms of the home, you need to be sure that itís functional. Donít forget comfortable chairs, a good sized desk and a comfortable desk chair for the office. You can even add some of your favorite decorative pieces in the apace that make you happy and feel peaceful while working. 


Keep The Color Theme One That You Love


Forget bland colors. Paint the walls of your home office a color that you love. If the walls feel vibrant, so too wonít your work feel that way. The color of a room really sets the tone and the mood for a room. You can match your decor around the color that you choose. While you donít want your office to be sleepy, you also want to choose a color that will keep you calm and focused while working.


Organize The Room Both Ways


If you use your space in the home office both across and upward, youíll have much more space to store whatever you need in the room. Everything thatís important will also be within an armís reach of you. 


Decorate How You Like


Donít forget that while this is an office, itís yours right in your home. Just as if you were going to work and would put a picture of your family on your desk, youíll want to add personal decorative touches to your home office space. These items could include kidsí artwork, vacation pictures, or pictures of places that make you feel happy and peaceful.  

 

Your home office space should be a place of productivity and inspiration. Create it as a separate space, yet an equally stylish part of your own home.





Posted by Steven Sawyer on 4/16/2017

Working at home eliminates commuting costs. Working at home also frees you of the need to put on a dress or suit and tie, head outside and bear cold or excessively hot temperatures.Perform your work from home and youíll cut down on clothing expenses, not to mention reducing your stress levels, as you no longer have to sit in stop-and-go traffic. But, telecommuting or freelancing isnít all upswing. If youíre not careful, you could set yourself up for failure.

Ask yourself the following questions before you embark on a telecommuting from home arrangement.The more candid you are in your responses, the more pitfalls you could potentially avoid.

Are you self-disciplined? Some people focus and meet deadlines best when they have someone who they meet with face-to-face so that they can give an update on their progress. Absent regular in-person check-ins, a worker could fall behind, spend hours thinking about personal responsibilities, finances and more, anything but work. If you work best when a supervisor or manager is nearby, working at home may not be best for you.

How important is time management to you? If youíre good at sticking to deadlines and prioritizing work, telecommuting or freelancing could be a win. Youíll need strong written and oral communication skills to manage your time well, as youíll have to let colleagues, clients and supervisors know what you can do and when. If you have trouble telling peopleďNoĒ or ďNot nowĒ, you may struggle until you build your confidence and learn how to let others know what you can and cannot take on.

Do you have the equipment to work at home?  A functioning laptop or desktop computer is a must in todayís work environment. As a safeguard, you may want to have a backup laptop or notebook at your home, should you normal computer crash. Other equipment and resources that you need to work at home include a printer, scanner, office software, filing cabinets, work desk and chair.

Are you prepared to take on added expenses?  Your mail, electric and printer costs could rise after you start working at home. Unless you have the disposable income, steer clear of running the air conditioner during the day. Another expense that could rise after you start working at home is your telephone bill. Consider using your smartphone to keep telephone costs at a minimum.

To make working at home work, you need your familyís support. Discuss your working arrangement with your partner and children. Let them know the days and hours that you plan to work. Discuss how you will handle overtime, should it be required, including how often youíre willing to work overtime. Make it clear to your family that you are actually working and not available to run errands,babysit or handle other projects that you wouldnít be expected to take on if you werenít working at home.




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