6 Ways to Refresh Your Home Office Space to Increase Productivity

Working from home is on the rise since 1995. In fact, according to a study done by Telework Research Network, this will increase by 63% in the next five years. Can we blame them? Working from home is convenient, economical, less stressful, and you get to spend more time with your loved ones while you earn!  Pretty great, right? But of course, there are some challenges to this type of set-up, too; one of which is that you have a higher tendency to be less productive. Since most telecommuters don’t follow a specific time, they tend to easily slip into slackness. The good news is that you can negate that dilemma by simply tweaking your home office space! Here’s how:




Buy a good chair Those who work from home know the struggle of sitting for hours on end to finish a certain task. Buying a chair that will reduce – or even eliminate – back pain is a must! Think of it as an investment to both your health and your career. It’s a no-brainer, really. You produce a better outcome when you are comfortable and pain-free! You really don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. There are plenty of chairs that are built with both form and function in mind. You can also add seat cushions and backrest support to take the pressure off your lower back.




Pictures and Quotes What motivates you? Is it your two-year old daughter, the pink sand at Seychelles, or maybe, your dream house at the posh residential area of Kukio? Frame them all, and then arrange them to your liking at your home office space! When you’re too tired to continue your work, looking at pictures of what you really want to achieve in life will help push you to the finish line. If you’re big on quotes, place a couple of framed inspirational quotes on your desk! And just in case you’re searching for a good quote, here’s one of our favorites: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”





Arrange your desk the way you want it You’ve probably read a lot of articles about keeping your desk tidy in order to increase productivity. That works for some, yes; but others thrive on organized chaos. Have you seen Albert Einstein’s desk? It will give someone who has a Type A Personality a massive heart attack! The genius was able to create wonders by having that much clutter on his desk, though. To each his own. Follow what works for you, and stick to it.


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Natural light

Choose an area of your home where there’s plenty of natural light, and make that your work space. There’s a huge correlation between good lighting and a person's mood. According to a study conducted by Edward and Torcellini, natural light increases the person’s productivity, mental alertness, and overall well-being. According to the study, European countries require that workers be within 27 feet of a window because if these benefits.




The view There’s nothing better than working with a picturesque view right in front of you - whether it’s a view of the ocean, the wilderness, an entire city, or even various structures. A good view reduces stress, heals, and increases the feeling of joy.




Away from the bedroom As much as possible, create a home office space that’s far away from your bedroom. You’ll be more productive that way. The bedroom is our sanctuary. We are mentally programmed to feel too relaxed to the point of somnolence when we see our beds. Build an office nook under the stairs, the living room, or even at the garage. Being productive is a choice. You really have to make an effort to separate your home life from your job even if you’re working from home.