With remote jobs, freelance careers, and employer flexibility, more and more people are opting out of the nine to five in a cubicle. Instead, they’re staying home.

Cutting out workplace distraction, crowded offices, and most importantly, commute times, those who can get online and get work done without leaving the house are generally happier and more productive. And also no one judges them for staying in their pajamas past 10AM or what they eat for lunch.

But getting in productive work hours requires a space which allows it.

If you don’t love the space you’re working in, quite honestly, you will have a hard time going in there. And we all know it’s hard enough getting work done in the first place, right?

Find the right space

Choosing the right space in your home for an office may seem like a no-brainer, but take a moment to consider every option. It may seem obvious to take the smallest or least-used bedroom, but is the larger, sunnier guest bedroom a better choice? Can the room do double duty when infrequent guests stay with you?

If you have the luxury of a large home, it’s also important to consider if you do or do not want to be in a high-traffic area. If you concentrate best while amidst noise and activity, a room off of the living room is a good choice. For quiet-seekers, a spare bedroom down a hallway should provide more peace and solitude.

Have everything at the ready

You wouldn’t put your silverware in your laundry room, so don’t count your office as complete until it’s fully stocked with pens, paper, envelopes, and the ever-important chargers. The fewer times in a day you have to go searching for something, the better.

But hey, don’t forget to take breaks. No reason to pack a lunch, right?

Embrace natural light

Human beings are programmed to feel happier (and hopefully see increased productivity) when exposed to natural light. Take whatever window space you have and emphasize it with the layout of your home office. If space permits, break the cubicle-standards and float your desk away from a wall, parallel to the window. You’ll be positioned to enjoy the view without having to deal with glare.

And artificial

All the windows in the world won’t give you enough light when it’s dark outside, so don’t overlook the ambiance and practicality of accent lighting. This is also a great opportunity to style your office with lighting decor. The addition of a task lamp, table lamp, and floor lamp can combine to create a wide variety of moods. Perfect for winter working, when even not-so-early-risers are up before the sun.


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