I’m sure by now everyone’s gotten settled into their new working from home or home office set up, but it’s never too late to switch it up (or make it even better). Now more than ever, it’s super important to designate a working space to keep productivity up as much as possible. By now we’ve seen our fair share of everything from improvisations & make-shift desks, to luxurious and beautiful home office #goals, and we wanted to share some inspiration and input for creating a home office or work space that you are excited to work from.
Create a functional work space.
When this all started, we were all thinking it would be a few days from home–it would be fine to work wherever. I was admittedly using a small end table pulled over in front of my sofa, but as we learned that this was how it was going to be for the foreseeable future, I decided it was going to be important to actually invest in a desk and a desk chair. My tiny end table was not going to appropriately serve me for the type of work I needed to do. Give yourself the space and functionality that you need to help you be productive.
Designate a space that isn’t your bed or sofa.
It’s probably no secret that there is a major decrease in productivity when working from a bed or a sofa. Psychology proves that we need to keep our beds for sleeping separate from our places of working, otherwise our brain starts to subconsciously confuse the two. A bed or sofa should be kept as a place for relaxation or sleeping. When you start doing work from your bed, you may have troubles sleeping because you’re brain is saying “hey, it’s time to work now” rather than relax. The opposite is also true– when trying to accomplish tasks your brain may be thinking “what are we doing, this is where we’re supposed to sleep?” Having a space separate from your bed is a key contributor for bringing levels of productivity back up. Whether it’s the counter or the dining table or some make-shift set up with whatever you have, let your bed be a place strictly for resting.
Add items that make you happy.
Art, plants, candles, photos, your favorite books–anything that brings you joy that you can keep on or near your WFH surface will help to make you want to use that space.
Find the sunniest spot in the house.
Again, kind of goes without saying but make sure you’re not locking yourself away in a cave to try to get your work done. Remember we’re all basically complicated houseplants–make sure to give yourself plenty of natural light and water.
Clean up, declutter, and reset.
Before all of this came about, we would leave our office and desks behind at the end of the day and come back to it in the morning. Now that our homes and our offices are the same spaces, and our desk may be doubling as our dining table, take the time to clean up and de-clutter at the end of each work day so you can reset in the morning. It’s important to still try to keep work and home life separated so clean up your computer and papers out from the middle of the living room so you can watch your evening TV as normal. Plus, it feels good to get in the routine of starting fresh each morning.
As pretty and perfect as you can make your WFH space, it’s still important to walk away from it take breaks from time to time. Go outside and give yourself some sun or eat lunch out on the porch. We all should be doing it throughout the work day anyways, but it’s especially important to take a refresh/reset when in your own home.
There’s so much great home office inspiration out there right now. From kitchen nooks to full built out spaces, here are a few more of our faves!