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Even in these post covid times, many of us are still working from home and it looks like homeworking might be here to stay. But I know I’m not alone in struggling to find motivation and stay productive when working from home. It’s easy to get distracted by other things going on in the house, tempting to pop to the fridge or to put the kettle on again. So it’s really important to separate home and work as much as possible and to make your home office into a space that inspires productivity.
Here are some ideas that will help you get the most out of working from home…
Traditional offices tend to be pretty minimal. There’s never really much going on in the way of decor, but this does seem to work for many people. It means there’s less to distract you from your work. If this works for you, then maybe this is what you need to replicate in your own home. Think a clutter free desk, white walls, plenty of storage etc. Keep things as simple as possible. You could even invest in some professional office equipment such as an office booth to really bring the office to your home.
2. Light and bright
Similarly, light and bright space also promote productive for many of us. I know this is what works best for me. I am quite happy to sit in front of any bright window with my laptop and get to work. If this works for you too, make sure your office space has as much natural light as possible, and consider painting your walls white to reflect light.
3. Colourful and fun
Very different to my last two points, but what works for some of us might not work for others. It might be that you find you’re more motivated by colourful environments. If this is you, you could paint your home office in a bold, bright colour, or maybe consider a fun printed wallpaper. Alternatively you could just add some colour with prints and accessories, which is a much easier and cheaper way of updating your home office.
4. Creative space
If you have more of a creative mind you should design your workspace in a way that triggers your creative ideas. Because a minimalist office space doesn’t inspire us all. Think bookshelves, colour, prints, plants, vintage accessories etc. All of these things will help to inspire a creative mind and get the ideas flowing.
5. Cosy office nook
It may be that you love working from home, and don’t struggle too much with your productivity. If this is the case a cosy, homely, office nook could be just what you need. You could add a rug, cushions, blankets and candles to really make your office space as cosy as possible.
I hope that this has been helpful and has maybe inspired you to update your home office space.
Thank you for reading.