Ways To Make The Perfect Home Office
People are increasingly working from home these days, or working part of the week at home; it is, therefore, essential that your home office helps you continue to be as productive and efficient as possible, given that you are away from the buzz of an actual office the sole purpose of which is to get work done. Read more and learn how to make the perfect home office.
1. Ergonomic Office Chair
As far as office chairs go, you have to look for one that has adequate pelvic and lumbar support. Without the hurly-burly of actual office life, you’re far more likely to be spending more time sitting down, so you must look after your lower back, preventing yourself from getting a herniated disc, headaches, backache, and fatigue. You, therefore, need both lumbar and pelvic support due to the increased use of computers in nearly all lines of work.
2. L-Shaped Desk
There are many advantages to such a simple concept. You can have your desktop or laptop in one designated area of your workspace, for example, freeing up space to fulfill other tasks (invoices, ledgers, paperwork, books, etc.) which can be neatly assigned rather than piled up. The creation of more space is good for your mind, too, for having everything crammed into a desk-tray creates a sense in which everything is piling on top of you. You are also more likely to become mobile with an L-shaped desk, moving from one part of it to another. An L-shaped desk also allows you to use your room space to its maximum without having to install a second desk.
3. File Cabinet
The obvious advantage of a file cabinet or ‘filing cabinet’ is that its vertical structure allows you to keep a large amount of paperwork in a relatively modest amount of rectangular space. Reams of files can be color-coded, labeled, and divided systematically, thus eliminating the need for lots of horizontal boxes. There are even ultra-secure locking systems and fire-proof options that allow you peace of mind if you have highly sensitive and important information to be stored away.
4. Standing Desk
There are debates about the merits and demerits of standing desks, but they are likely to get you up and moving more often and will prevent that after-lunch slump from ruining your levels of output and productivity. Shoulder pain and back pain may be reduced, and not sitting for hours on end may positivity reduce the chance of getting seriously unwell, in terms of diabetes, obesity, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. The more literal steps you are making each day, the better.
5. Desk Fan
A decent desk fan can help circulate the stagnant air around you, aiding your skin’s evaporation of sweat thus making you feel cooler. You need to ensure that your desk fan will not blow paperwork off your desk, overwhelm your desk space, or clutter your office area. You can purchase a model that has a clip on it, thus allowing you to clip it on to your laptop and maneuver it so it is only affecting you.
6. Desk Clock
Desk clocks may seem like a thing of the past but they are surprisingly therapeutic, calming, and can get your eyes off that perennial iPhone or laptop, enabling you to visualize the amount of time you have left to you at any given point in time. A traditional clock face with a chic design can lend a sense of dignity and heritage to an otherwise bland, corporate space. A more contemporary style with rounded edges and pastel design can provide a warming, soothing quality. It’s always nice to have something of beauty to look at during your busy working day.
Printers may seem like a thing of the past thanks to the ease with which we may view things online through Ipads and Iphones. However, there will always be a place for important paperwork in any office, as a back-up and also as a way of retaining important signatures and highly sensitive information. If your business involves sending out letter headed paperwork on a certain brand of paper then it is absolutely essential; a professional laser-printer is an essential investment.
Most printers will contain scanners; they have made fax machines all but obsolete. One massive advantage is that documents can be scanned and sent immediately, being viewable on any number of devices. You can also scan handwritten documents so that not everything has to be typed; or if you wish, certain software now allows you to scan a handwritten document and have it converted into the printed matter without much hassle. If security and backups are a concern then portable storage devices (USBs) can be used, or a 100GB Blu-ray disc can be stored in a non-accessible way somewhere else in your home. Such a disc is worth 142 filing cabinets!
Overall, you need to make your office work for you, so that you can retain the kind of productivity that will help your business grow, or retain your stamina and staying-power if you are an employee.