Workspace is no longer restricted to a formal office setup. With the nature of work going mobile and online, it is possible to work from any place at any time. Most people prefer setting up an office space at home and operating out of it. Unlike the popular notion, setting up a home office does not mean, you are getting comfortable. The home office still needs to have the same dedication and commitment, to ensure you get the best out of yourself.
So let us take a look at how to set up your home office efficiently so that you feel most comfortable there.
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Well, on the pre-planning front, this can be done by having a clear idea of the following:
The intention behind the Home office:
List down the objectives for your office. This can include your office goals, how you plan to achieve them, what are kind of interactions expected, what atmosphere you require, etc.
Based on the above, list down the essential parts of your home office. This can include the kind of working area you require, and the facilities that are required to support the intention of the office listed in the above point. Keep in mind, that the space for your office is a part of your home. Ensure there is a minimum distraction from your core requirement. Office space should have the ambiance of a workplace. It is only then that your productivity will be at its peak.
Tools & Support:
This includes the office supplies that you will require, along with the furniture like your Desk, a Computer, a computer table (if this is separate from your desk), a work area, a sitting place, Organizer, file cabinets, etc. Then, look into the nitty gritties like the tabletop holders, clock, stationery, etc.
Home kept at bay:
While you are setting up an office in your home, you must be aware of the fact that things or aspects of your home may come in the way of your work. So it is good to plan for handling such situations. This can refer to your chores from home, children, if any, your pets that may wander around the home, personal calls being received from other members of the family, the television set, or the music system blaring sounds. These are some aspects to be careful about. There can be more!
On the planning front, the following points can be noted to start the actual office setup:
- Assess the space requirement of your office.
- Decide the area of your home that meets this space requirement.
- Keep in mind that this area of your home should have minimum distractions, or if more, can be kept at bay. Look for a quiet place, so you can focus on your work from this space.
- Plan this space well, considering your work area, guest area, space for office supplies, storage, etc.
- Arrange for the pieces of equipment and tools required, like a phone, working data connection, etc.
The above inputs should help you with the setup of your Home office.