Working from home comes with many benefits – you can avoid the exhausting commute, you have everything you need within hand’s reach and you can design the space how you want.
However, there are some downsides to this career choice as well.
If you don’t live alone, you might be bothered by your family members or roommates. Your environment might be noisy and distracting. And, above all, there's no boss around to make sure you are not procrastinating.
So, to ensure maximum productivity, you need to make the most of the design of your home office. Take a look.
Decide on the Right Space
When you decide to work from home, it’s important to designate a space for this activity. Depending on your housing situation, you could have a completely separate room to use as your home office.
If you’re lucky enough, this room should be as far as possible from all social hubs of the house, such as the kitchen and living room. If, on the other hand, your office cannot be a separate space, transform a corner of your living room or bedroom into an area that will be your work station.
Other than the location of the office, other factors play a crucial role in limiting your distractions. For instance, if possible, look for a room with windows facing the backyard and not the street so that cars and passersby don’t draw your attention.
Furthermore, if you’re easily distracted by sounds, you should probably invest in sound proof windows. Alternatively, if you don’t have a separate office, get a noise-canceling headset. Most importantly, though, it’s vital to tell your roommates that you should not be disturbed during work hours unless it’s a real emergency.