How to create a productive home office

We’ve had to adapt our way of working in light of the pandemic. Previously, there was a more significant division between work and home. Then many of us tackled a new reality by setting up a temporary workstation at home. Now working from home has become commonplace. If you’ve embraced the home office as part of your new working lifestyle, make sure your home office is a great one!
Key takeaways
  • Natural light and good ventilation are must-haves for a productive home office.
  • If you’re on a budget, look for second-hand items or try upcycling furniture.
  • If you’re ready for a major home office renovation, include roof windows for a healthier work environment.

Design your workspace at home

There are many factors to consider when designing your home office. Are you working from home on a hybrid basis, or do you need a full-time home office? What is your budget? It’s important to answer these questions so you can create the home office environment that’s right for you. Working in a sub-optimal environment may affect your productivity and overall well-being, causing inefficiency and stress. Poor or inadequate lighting can reduce energy, lower morale, and produce eyestrain or headaches.

Remember good lighting conditions

Good lighting is one of the keys to making a home office more efficient and productive. With a desk job, you spend much of your time in front of a screen which can cause eyestrain, headaches, and other minor health conditions. You may also have noticed you feel less productive or more easily distracted when working from home – a contributing factor can be a lack of natural light. Try bringing more natural light to your work space, which can be as simple as moving your desk closer to a window.

Fresh air keeps the mind clear

Fresh air is one of the most important things in keeping the body and mind feeling energetic throughout the day. Be sure to design your home office in a room with excellent ventilation. If that is not possible, consider re-modelling your home office to include a roof window.

With a roof window integrated with your home office, you get the best conditions in terms of fresh air and natural daylight.

Create a productive home office

A roof window can help create a productive working environment in your home office by adding daylight and allowing excellent ventilation. Exposure to sunlight improves your efficiency. You should not, however, be blinded by daylight. Consider good blinds or shutters to keep the light and avoid glare. A few other things that can increase your well-being in your home office are an excellent desk and a good chair.

Use suitable materials

Whether you’re recently decided to work from home or you’ve been working from home for a while already. Either way, a good home office is a must! If you don't have a huge budget, look for second-hand furniture or try your hand at upcycling furniture. If you have a bigger budget or the time and skills to DIY, you can renovate your home office and include a roof window to create a healthier workplace atmosphere.
“Now that hybrid working is commonplace, it’s essential to create an office space that is healthy and comfortable."

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