I have recently moved into a new, bigger house and for the first time have had the opportunity to set up a seperate, dedicated home office.  This was a big change for me, having always worked from a corner of the lounge room and I wanted to start off on the right foot and plan a layout that would work best for my wellbeing and productivity.  After much research – and trial and error – here are my top six tips for laying out your home office for success:

1.    Have a dedicated space for your home office
This may not always be possible but you will work best if you can seperate your business and home life – and all the noise and interruptions that come with it.

2.    Position your workspace so that you are not facing the wall, or have your back to the door
Instead, have the wall at your back to give you support and by facing an open area you will increase your positive energy, hence increasing your creativity and productivity.

3.    Check the quality of your air and lighting
If you’re not getting enough natural light and breathing in stale air, you won’t enjoy working in your office no matter how much you love your job.  Consider upgrading your lighting and bring in some pot plants to help purify the air.

4.    Declutter, Declutter, Declutter!
Nothing drains your energy like endless piles of clutter.  Set aside time on a regular basis to give your home office a good tidy out.  Remove everything from your desk, give it a good clean and replace only the things that you absolutely, definitely, must have close to you.  You’ll be surprised how much more energised you will feel after having done this.

5.    Make your office an enjoyable place to be
Let’s face it, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your home office, so it should be an environment that you enjoy being in.  Surround yourself with your favourite colours and items that make you feel happy, creative and successful.

6.    Don’t forget about the ergonomics
The most important things you can do to set up your office ergonimically are: a) Invest in a decent chair, and make sure you know how to adjust it to suit your body, b) Put the things you use most closest to you to minimise constant reaching and bending, and c) Take regular breaks – get up, stretch and move around.  For more ergonomic tips, check out the Ergonomics in Australia website.

Have you recently been through a home office re-design or setup?  I’d love to hear about your experience and any tips that you make have for further enhancing the creativity and productivity of the home office.  Drop me a line at melissa@mjsvirtual.com.au because I’d love to hear all about it!

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