Technology has made working from home a viable option for many Indians. And there are so many advantages in making your home office: low overheads, a better work/life balance , flexibility with family. But if you fail to separate working and domestic life , it can lead to unhappiness along with a negative impact on the quality of your life.
So Regrob presents 5 ways to best organize your home office to get all the upside of working from home without any of the drawbacks.
1. Create some comfortable space
Your desk is for active work, but you probably need a place to think or read, too. A great home office has a nice comfy chair for curling up—potentially with an ottoman for your feet—plus a table for your coffee and a great lamp. Add a luxurious throw and a colorful pillow and you’ll want to take thinking breaks. “If you’ve got the room for it, it is one of the best things you can do for yourself.” Plus, in a home office, no one sees if you nap!
2. Add Greenery
Plants make people happier.It’s like bringing what’s outside your window into your space. Plus, since most plants can go a day or two without watering, you won’t have to go into your office on weekends (as you might need to if tending to other living things, like fish).
Especially if other people are home during working hours, you don’t want to be darting out of the office every few minutes when you need things. Keep all your office supplies—pens, scissors, stapler, stamps—handy. Consider a small fridge or coffee maker if you like to enjoy a few beverages during the day. But don’t keep your lunch in the office fridge. You do need breaks, after all, and even if you’ve got an awesome home office, you don’t need to spend your life in there.
4. Embrace Natural Light
Move your desk close to the windows, but place it parallel to the panes. This ideal set-up gives you the happiness benefits of natural light, and a good reason to turn away from your computer every few minutes to take in the scene. It also proves to be economical , since you are cutting on your electricity bills.
5. Get creative with the storage
If you need book cases, get nice ones—big enough that you don’t need to overstuff, and artful enough that they’ll look great as the backdrop in your video conferences. And if you’re using the guest bedroom? It probably has a closet. Trick out that closet with a shelving system, so you minimize the need for storage in the main office area.