The Ultimate Work - From - Home Space
More and more people around the world are working from home as companies take precautionary measures to reduce the risk of the corona virus. But just because we’re practicing social distancing, it doesn’t mean that our jobs stopped. Your office should take your productivity to the max but also help you alleviate stress. So let us inspire you to get creative with your space as you spend more time at home.
Working from home is always a delicate dance — it can be motivating that you don’t need to travel far away to your office and spend endless hours commuting, but it can also be an enemy as it’s easy to say ‘I’m gonna spend the day in sweatpants and a t-shirt.’ One of the best pieces of advice I received was: ‘Approach the day like you’re going to work. Shower, go through your routine, put on clothes you would normally wear’.
The reality of living in Hong Kong, often means that dining room, living room and sometimes even bedroom can be all in one room so try to create separate spaces within the apartment to give everything the distinct space it needs, while keeping everything as open as possible.
Rethink your Work Surface - THE desk
A desk seems like a straightforward choice for a home office, but is choosing a crucial piece of your office really so straightforward? Your work desk will need to suit your work, fit your budget, and complement your office space. Some considerations in choosing your desk include the location of the office in your home, how much space you have and whether or not you need space for multiple monitors, monitor stand(s) and a keyboard drawer.
A desk with drawers offers storage to keep your desk clutter-free. Organise vertically and horizontally. If you don’t have a lot of room, but still need something to keep all your tools and resources close, consider buying an inexpensive bookshelf to set on your desk, or hang shelves over your desk.
A simple straight-forward desk is ideal for small spaces, if you prefer a minimalist design, or if you’re just starting and don’t have the budget for office furniture. Don't forget about the technology though; think about a sleak and modern mediaport so your desk doesn't get cluttered by chargers and cables lying around.
Decorate to Inspire and Motivate
Periodic redesign of your home office can re-energize and inspire you. Surround yourself with items that motivate such as pictures of your family, inspiring quotes, a vision board, and other items that bring you joy. Let the positive energy flow.
The psychology of color is real! Did you know that the colors of the rooms in your home are a direct reflection of your personality? While most of us may not spend a lot of time thinking about room color, it affects us every day. Room color can influence our moods and even our thoughts. Blue, for example, is often interpreted as soothing, whereas yellow has been shown to elicit anxiety. Our advice is to try to chose Neutral colours where possible.
Designing an environmentally-friendly home office isn’t just about being kind to the earth. It can also reduce clutter and your expenses. Reuse and recycle paper and other items whenever possible. Switch to digital tools over planners and other paper items. Use energy-saving light bulbs and power strips, and weather seal your windows, which will save on your power bill. Consider items such as recycled glass countertops and specify materials that use resources most efficiently, such as woods from sustainable forestry and products that are recyclable. Fresh greenery will add colour to the space and boost your mood.
Don't scarify Form for Function
Home office furniture should complement other rooms in your house instead of screaming "soulless cubicle." If your home has traditional décor, warm wood and soft, comfy chairs or an eye-catching armchair are ideal if you have the space. A contemporary home office can feature artistic pieces or modern metal furniture.
Let there be light
Here's a bright idea: make sure your office has plenty of light to cut down on eye strain and headaches. Position the computer monitor so there's no glare from a window or overhead light and put a small lamp on the desk for task lighting.
And last but certainly not the least; POSTURE. You spend hours parked in your office chair; a beautiful, ergonomically correct, comfortable seat is worth every dime.