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Your home should be a comfortable haven where you can rest and recover, but when you work at home, it also needs to be a place where your productivity is high. Is it possible to reach both of these goals? MJW Careers, LLC explains that the good news is that it is possible to balance relaxation and efficiency. Deliberately set aside space in your home for the types of work you intend to complete.
Physical Separation and Boundaries
The first step is creating a distinct separation between your workspace and the rest of the home. The layout and décor in your office should be focused on your work goals. According to GeeksforGeeks, just stepping into your office should put you into a constructive frame of mind. Even if you don’t have an entire room to dedicate to work, use the same philosophy when sectioning off an area of a room.
Try to locate your office near natural light which can boost your productivity and mood. If dirty windows are preventing light from entering your home, bring in a local, professional window cleaner. Costs will depend on the type and number of windows and the extent of soiling.
The second step is designing each environment with its purpose in mind. For example, choose stimulating décor for your office space and relaxing paint colors and embellishments for the rest of the home:
- Choose office furnishings based on functionality, such as storage and organization, as well as using accessories that prompt creativity.
- The University of North Carolina suggests picking lighting that is bright with cool colors for your office space and warmer lighting for the bedroom and other rooms where you relax.
- Cut down on clutter throughout the home. This will make your home feel less crowded.
Design each room with goals in mind. Gather the tools for washing clothes in the laundry room. Store family activities in the family room. Choose furnishings for each room that encourage the appropriate mindset for the work done in that area. Designate a space for personal wellness, such as an exercise room or a place for meditation.
Rules and Habits for Productivity
The third step is establishing rules and habits for your workspace. When working at home, it is easy to become distracted by household chores, children, pets, and other home-based attractions. Avoid disrupting your productive flow state by clearly communicating that you must not be disturbed:
- Work in an area of the home that is least likely to be noisy.
- Close a door between your workspace and the rest of the home.
- Hang up a sign that you are working.
- Wear headphones that cancel out background noise.
- Keep a calendar and timer handy. It’s easier to stay on task when you have a concrete start and stop time.
- Don’t store distractions in your office. Some gadgets pull your attention away from work.
It’s equally important to maintain rules about the rest of your home, such as not answering work texts and emails when you’re not in the office. Be as clear about boundaries with your co-workers as you are with your family.
Also take measures to ensure your home office – and the rest of the home, for that matter – is comfortable and appropriately warm or cool depending on the season. For the summer, for example, it’s worth the investment to have your AC recharged or the system’s freon refilled. The typical cost for recharging your home air conditioning ranges from $200 to $500, and is much more affordable than if the HVAC breaks down. Signs that this type of service may be needed is when electric bills are coming in higher than usual or there’s a hissing noise coming from the unit. Working in comfy environs means all the world when it comes to staying positive and productive.
Your fourth step is preventing overflow from one space to the other. This does not imply you can’t have a cohesive decorating plan. Artwork, plants, flowers, and furnishings can follow an overall theme. Instead, this means that you don’t carry your work from the office into the rest of your home, and you don’t take laundry into the office. Even if your workspace is a corner of the kitchen, keep dishes and meal prep away from your designated office space.
Working from home offers many benefits, and it is possible to have a productive workspace while creating a relaxing environment in the rest of your home. With physical divisions, a comfy atmosphere, rules about disruptions, and clear boundaries separating work and home, you can enjoy productivity and peace by moving from one part of the home to another.
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