In an age where more and more people are choosing to find a better work/life balance, the home is often doubling up as a place of work. It is therefore important to try and create a divide between work and home. The reason this is important is both practical and emotional. By separating your working space from your home space, you allow yourself to adopt the mindset needed to be productive and efficient, with minimal distractions. It also means that you can move back into your home environment with ease at the end of the day.
When designing your perfect home office, there are a number of key factors to consider. How big is the space you have to work with? Do you need to consider compact furniture? Is the Broadband signal strong in this area of the house? Do you need to have a phone line installed?
Leading on from this, choosing the right desk and the positioning of the desk in your chosen space is extremely important. Ideally, place your desk in front of a window. It creates the illusions of space and allows you to become creative with your view.
Maybe try some beautiful window frosting. Not only does this give you additional privacy, which is especially important if your home office is overlooked, on a ground floor, or has regular passers-by, but it is also very stylish and you can peel it off and choose another design, if you get bored.
Placing a plant on your desk or a nearby shelf will help with keeping the space calming and adding a touch of colour. Maybe a framed photo (your 'Why' you work the way you do) will be motivational? It could be family, friends, your pet or a place that focuses your mind.
Also consider using any accessories like a memo block, pen pot, mouse mat, paperweight etc. to be your colour pop for your chosen structure. That way you can change your colour scheme and keep things fresh, whenever you feel the need.
Make it a mission to regularly declutter, keeping your immediate working area tidy and functional. Regular filing of invoices and bills will also aid with this and give you a head start when it comes to getting your accounts ready for tax assessment and possibly VAT.
Try to take regular breaks from your screen. This promotes better concentration and will help you avoid sitting in the same position for too long.
As with your home itself, your home office is personal to you, so all of the above are merely suggestions for you to use as you see appropriate.