Working from home isn’t innately easy. While many residents were happy to sit their computers upon kitchen countertops or even try to attend meetings from the comfort of their beds, such casual approaches end up draining productivity and leading to a lack of professionalism.
If you are setting about to integrate your professional life into your living space, then you must make accommodations, the most important of which is to build a home office. When doing so, whether converting a lesser-used room or transferring yourself to a garden outbuilding, not just any design will do, in fact, there are four essential design elements that must be taken into consideration to ensure professional success.
Distraction is the cause of procrastination. Shared office spaces often make it their priority to eliminate any form of distraction and it is a characteristic of workspaces we should take into consideration. Our home offices should be as best removed from shared living spaces as possible, as well as free from noisy devices, such as gaming consoles and television screens, with clean and minimal designs that encourage focus.
This is also why many homeowners are seeking log cabins for sale and other forms of garden building that can easily be converted into a home office space, one that is free from the potential of interruption or temptation.
If your home office is set up in a place that is prone to noise, you run the risk of experiencing frustrating video calls and periods of troubled focus. While you may not need to install soundproofing for total focus, it is worth noting that most workplaces are quiet for a reason. Try to work noise elimination into your design, especially if your window looks onto a street, and even consider noise-cancelling headphones.
Our ability to concentrate over long periods of time is underpinned by comfort. Office chairs, desks, and all home office furniture should be conducive to the endurance of our bodies. Many teleworkers find more comfort in standing desks or transforming desks, those that allow for optional adjustments to keep themselves stimulated and comfortable over longer periods of time, instead of having to remain in one sitting position.
Other comfort elements also come into play, such as interior design and one distinction a home office space can have over a shared working space is visual comfort. Choose the colours and designs that make you feel most content and focussed, for example.
Think about what your job role requires to succeed. This could be essential equipment or it could be basic storage needs that better facilitate organisation and security. When putting your room together, be sure to work these needs into the design. It can be easy to fall into a trap of aesthetic priority, wanting the room to feel and look impressive, however, if you fail to accommodate for items that will be most frequently relied upon, you will soon find yourself frustrated.