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How to Set Up Your Home Office the Right Way

Work/life balance, less distractions, greater productivity, no traffic, less stress…the benefits of working from home are seemingly endless. If you’re one of the many people who work out of your home office one or more days a week, then you know how beneficial it is.

But sometimes, it takes a little extra effort on your part to make sure your home workspace inspires creativity and productivity, and stays organized. Let’s take a look at some of the aspects of working from home that you can set up to your advantage.

Take a Stand (or Sit)

Anyone who’s worked a full-time job knows that sitting down all day can get tiring and uncomfortable. It’s also believed to have numerous negative health consequences. A height-adjustable desk allows you to alternate between sitting and standing. By standing while you work, at least for part of the day, you can enjoy elevated energy, a better mood and increased productivity.

While many stand-sit desks commonly have a streamlined, industrial look, newer models like BDI’s Kronos Lift Desk, above, mix things up with warmer wood finishes. So you can incorporate a high-tech desk like this into more and more home office design schemes.

Do Sit, but Sit Right

If you decide to go with an adjustable sit/stand desk, make sure that the times when you are sitting are in a chair that provides you with ergonomic support and overall comfort. The backrest should be adjustable and allow for the shape of your spine. The height should be adjustable so you can rest your feet flat on the floor. Your arms should rest close to your body and allow your shoulders to relax. The seat should be long enough to put two to three finger lengths between it and the knee. And if possible, the seat cushion should be made out of a supportive material like memory foam to provide you with plenty of comfort.

File It Away

Whether you realize it or not, clutter can negatively affect your productivity. Keeping your home office organized and functional is critical to a successful work day. When selecting storage solutions, it is important to not only ensure there is plenty of space for all your documents and office accessories, but you must account for the size of your home office. Having a dedicated room allows you to create a full executive set up. In smaller settings, where space is limited, look for more compact solutions, like a multi-functional mobile file cabinet.

Light It Just Right

You don’t hesitate to use lighting to set the mood at dinner or when you’re watching your favorite show on TV. So why wouldn’t you set the lighting just right when you’re working from home? Poor lighting can drain your energy, dampen your morale, cause eyestrain and even headaches. On the flip side, quality lighting can uplift you and increase your productivity.

Avoid working under the direct glare of overhead lights. Instead, for computer work, reading or any other highly focused task, choose task lighting, such as a desk lamp. Also, don’t overlook the benefits of natural light. Take advantage of windows and set up your desk in a way that sunlight illuminates your workspace, without overwhelming it.

It’s not uncommon to overlook the design and functionality of a home office. But there’s no doubt that when you give it some attention, it can make all the difference in your work day. Use the above tips to set up your space in a way that will enhance your productivity and your comfort.

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