Working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. While many enjoy the flexibility that it provides, others can be hindered by every distraction imaginable. In an effort to be as productive as possible, take the time to give your home office a facelift—your career goals will thank you!
Declutter your desk
This might seem like a no-brainer, but after a long year, there’s a good chance that your desk is in need of a deep clean. If your desk seems to be buried under papers, go through and see what you can file away, or shred. Consider adding a couple of folders to house current projects, and a filing cabinet underneath the desk. It’s also a good idea to utilize a mug or a vase to store your writing utensils—i.e. pencils, pens, and markers. Give yourself enough space to think!
According to the American Optometric Association, the average American spends seven hours in front of a computer screen per day. While many assume that brighter is better, a glare on the monitor causes us to squint and strain our eyes even more. When reconfiguring your workspace, it’s best to direct the light away from your line of sight. If you have the ability, try to include natural light from the side windows, and additional light from an adjustable desk lamp.
Find a new seat
We’re not suggesting that you drop hundreds of dollars on a brand-new chair, but a new look can change up your scenery, and ultimately make you more productive. If you’re on a tight budget, consider searching your local thrift store. Oftentimes, a fresh coat of paint or stain can be all that a weathered piece needs. Although looks are important, they’re not everything. Make sure that your new find will be comfortable enough for you to spend hours in.
Add fun accessories
More than likely your personality shines through in the other rooms of your house, so your office really shouldn’t be any different. Just because the space is dedicated to work doesn’t mean that it has to be boring! Adding fun pieces—throw pillows, artwork, or knick-knacks—can help you express your creativity and truly make the space your own.
Take the time to give your home office a makeover, and watch as your motivation and productivity kicks into overdrive this year!