No matter whether you love or hate working from home, there’s a good chance you’ve been setting up shop at your kitchen table much more often than expected. Taking the time to create a designated working space in your home will help you feel more productive, peaceful and ready to tick off your to-do list as soon as you open your laptop each morning.
Even if you can’t wait to return to your offices this summer, setting up a dedicated home office will help you navigate any home-working changes to come, as well as giving you a calming area to head to when you need it.
Get the atmosphere just right
One of the best things about working from home is that you can choose exactly what conditions you want to work under. Rather than squinting under commercial strip lighting, or feeling chilly with fans running full blast, your home office can be tailored to your specific needs.
If you’re struggling to get your temperature right as you and your family work from home, BOXT have a range of boilers for you to choose from, to help you stay warm, without the worry of an unexpected energy bill. Making sure your boiler is fit for your needs will help you focus on the task at hand, without any distractions from an uncomfortable environment.
Introduce some plant life
Adding in some natural elements will boost your space, no matter whereabouts in your home you’ve decided to work from. As well as giving you something soothing to gather inspiration from while you work, plant life has been proven to have a positive effect on your mental health. Filling your space with greenery will keep your space stress-free and relaxing, even when you’re having a busier day than usual.
Choose a space you can shut the door on
If you can, create a home office you can easily walk away from at the end of each working day. Now more than ever, it’s easy to blur the lines between your home life and work responsibilities. By ensuring your working space isn’t constantly in your eye line, you’ll be able to separate the boundaries between each facet of your life. As well as this, keeping your working space tucked away will ensure any documents and laptops are safely out of harm’s reach, too.
Think about your health
Although it might not be at the top of your list, it’s also important to create a space that benefits your physical health as well as your mental wellbeing. If you’re giving your home office a refresh, think about the layout of your space. Investing in an office chair that supports your back properly, as well as a laptop stand that can be manoeuvred to the best height for you, will leave you feeling much more comfortable further down the line.
If you’d prefer to be a little more active even during your working day, you could also consider creating a makeshift standing desk. As well as helping you conserve space if you don’t have the room for an entire home office, standing desks can make you feel more energetic and productive. Even if you’re still adjusting to working from home life, creating a setup that leaves you comfortable and refreshed even on the most stressful of days will keep you happy and healthy for however long you need to use it.
Put your own spin on things
Finally, working from home gives you a unique possibility to make your space entirely your own. Whether you choose to invest in a brightly coloured cushion for your desk chair, photos and trinkets to decorate your desk with, or even your favourite slippers to help you stay cosy while you work, it’s important to create a unique working from home space that is perfectly designed, just how you like it. Rather than sticking to a corporate feel, now’s the time to find out exactly what kind of environment makes you feel the most motivated.