This year is all about change! Let’s leave stressing about unattractive backgrounds for last minute zoom meetings and replying to emails at the cramped dining room table in the 2020 rearview mirror. Working from home trends are carrying into the new year and it’s time to transform your temporary workspace into a dream home office. Whether the office is a new addition to your home, or your office design is in need of an upgrade, investing some TLC into personalizing your workspace doesn’t only make your home feel less like a job site, it also provides several long-term benefits. Here are our top reasons for why personalizing your home office is so important.
If you’ve been camping at your kitchen counter or rotate your workspace around other’s schedules, then your first goal of the new year is to find your own designated area. Not having an established workspace or an at-home routine can be overwhelming and stressful. You can easily lose track of meetings, misplace important documents in the stack of daily mail, and be interrupted by constant distractions. A helpful tip to decrease stress levels while working from home is to stick to a routine and set a system in place that fits your lifestyle best. Some people love to stick to a rigid routine, completing tasks like clockwork. If you fear a monotonous schedule, then create a routine with flexibility that still keeps you on track and focused throughout the day. Defining areas of the room or a specific time of day for certain tasks can help keep your mind sharp and stay productive. Start your morning by pulling the blinds open and letting the bright sun fill the room as inspiration for any creative tasks. Once it’s time to take a break from computer work, change up your setting by moving from the desk to your sofa and relax as you answer calls or attend virtual meetings. When you’re ready to buckle down and focus, go back to your desk and pull up the most comfortable chair that you could sit in for hours. Have you tried our desk chairs? Having some familiarity in a new environment can be calming and comforting during times of change. It will also help put you at ease when every document has its place, and you don’t have to scramble last minute to find some peace and quiet.
2. Increase Your Productivity
If you haven’t found a set location to work from yet, consider repurposing your spare room. You know, the room you reserve for when friends and family come to visit and where you hide all your online purchases. While it’s great to utilize this temporarily vacant room, it’s not currently designed to be your office so you may feel the need to preserve its current design. Packing up your workspace at the end of the day can make you feel like you’re the guest and restrictions are not optimal for productivity. Integrating some personal touches can make you feel more calm, comfortable, and confident to take on any new assignment. Remember that making the room feel yours doesn’t mean you have to completely redesign the room and toss the mattress. You can have a stylish, productive space that serves multiple functions with a few design enhancements.
Each person finds motivation and inspiration in different ways, so it’s important to curate a workspace design that is most optimal for you to be productive. If you have a creative job, incorporate colors and patterns that inspire you. If you work best when you’re relaxed, design with muted, soothing tones that provide serenity during a chaotic workday. This is your home, which means you can design it in any way that makes you feel happy and capable every time you walk into the office. If having a home office feels inconvenient, then rethink what it looks like to work from home and create a design that functions like an office but looks like an elegant “she-shed.” To rethink your home office design, personalize it with a one-of-a-kind desk and chair in fabrics and leathers that are just as unique as you. Customize your desk from the style, to the size, to the fabric and create furniture that looks fashionable while matching your personality perfectly. The best perk of designing your own custom desk is that when you want to clock out for the day, the stress of the office disappears, and your home office goes back to being your home!
3. Boost Your Mood
While we recommend sticking to a routine at home, reporting to your office doesn’t have to be boring or stagnant. There are no strict corporate guidelines to adhere to. It’s your space which means you have all the freedom to design it however you like. Curating a fun space that makes you happy can be all the difference during a chaotic day so use this as an opportunity to build your dream office.
When designing, you can start small. Brighten your mood by incorporating sentimental items that bring you joy and decorate the space with personal items like family photos or souvenirs from unforgettable trips. Integrate your personality into the office with new furniture in your favorite colors. While fashionable, aesthetic items are important to make a room look stylish, make sure not to skimp on the comfort! Sometimes happiness is achieved by simply wrapping yourself up in a soft, warm blanket. Drape your cozy Barefoot Dreams throw over a plush desk chair like you’re staging for a luxurious home catalog. Beat the chill winter temperatures by conveniently bundling up and boost your mood in seconds.
4. Improve Your Work Performance
Some wise advice to live by is to invest in yourself because it pays the best interest. Your environment plays a significant role in your mood and since many of us spend the majority of our week working in our home office, you deserve the ability to curate a space that’s comfortable, functional and motivating. In return, not only will you actually enjoy reporting to the home office every day, but you’ll see how your performance can improve when your space works for you. Unconvinced? Recall a time you slept on a poor-quality mattress and how it negatively affected your sleep. An inadequate workspace can negatively affect your work performance in a similar way. Our surroundings set the tone of the day, so if your workspace lacks organization, design, and personality it will result in feeling stressed, unproductive, and unhappy which is not optimum for high performance. Define your current and future career goals and design your office that’s fashionable, functional, and fosters those aspirations.
We know how much pride you take in your work. Let us help you optimize your potential with a workspace that’s deserving of your talent. Personalize your home office and curate it to be whatever you want it to be.
How have you personalized your workspace? Comment what positive changes you’ve implemented and how it’s motivated you!