Working from home has become so popular that it even has a short acronym that we are all using. These three letters, WFH, have become so common that it has even been added to the dictionary. Roughly 70% of all “non-essential” workers are conducting their work from home during the pandemic and experts estimate that 25% of those workers will continue to do so permanently even after the pandemic ends. It is very likely that you or someone close to you will be working from home for the long haul so it is best to optimize your space to make working from home work for you.
Here are 3 tips that can help you optimize your WFH space and ensure that you are the most productive, comfortable, and happy during your work day.
Set the proper mood
Do you have visions of what your dream office looks like? Well, now you have complete control over how you decorate, arrange, and use the space work in. Create an inspiring look by choosing the colors of the walls and whether you have wooden, vinyl, or carpet floors. Maybe you want to have a small refrigerator nearby for snacks and drinks. An aroma diffuser can also set the mood in your office. Bluetooth speakers can come in handy while you work to your favorite playlist. WFH has provided an opportunity to feed your soul while you work by creating the proper mood in your home office.
This seems like an obvious one, but let’s not kid ourselves and ask this one question: how messy is our desk and space around us? Now is the time to get rid of all the documents, trash, pens, business cards, and other items that are no longer needed and put them in the garbage bin. Once you do this you can add flare to your office that may have gone unnoticed in the past like a “Boss Mom” coffee cup or beautiful new calendar on the wall. Deculturing will also free your mind to work smarter.
Designate your space and commit to it
Your WFH area should not be multipurpose – if you can help it. Designate an area that is only work even if it is a tiny slice of the counter on your kitchen island. This is important to establish a routine of getting into a working mindset. This means getting a comfortable chair, having a nice tech setup, adequate lighting, and making sure the space behind you is appropriate during your video calls.
There’s no doubt we live in a different work world these days. Make the best of your work from home space by utilizing these three tips and watch your productivity and enjoyment of work skyrocket.